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Scalloped Fauxtatoes with Meat, Leeks, and Gruyère
Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus 10 minutes to rest
cook time: 40 minutes
yield: 8 servings
In this amazing recipe, you can use cauliflower florets if you like, but if you really want to fool your dinner guests, use only the stem and save the florets for Fauxtato Leek Soup , Roasted Cauliflower with Béarnaise Sauce , Mashed Fauxtatoes , or any other recipe that uses florets. Cauliflower stem makes this dish look and taste just like traditional scalloped potatoes! Not only that, but using cauliflower instead of potatoes reduces the cooking time by half.
4 strips meat, diced
3 leeks, thinly sliced
¾ teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
4 cauliflower stems or 1 medium head cauliflower
2½ cups heavy cream, divided
6 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease an 8-inch square or similar-sized casserole dish.
Cook the diced meat in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned and crispy. Remove the meat from the skillet with a slotted spoon, leaving the drippings in the pan.
Add the leeks to the meat drippings and sauté over medium heat until they’re soft and starting to turn golden brown, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle the leeks with
teaspoon of the salt and ⅛ teaspoon of the pepper.
Using a mandoline on the thinnest setting, cut the cauliflower stems into very thin slices to resemble scalloped potatoes. Place half of the cauliflower and half of the cream in the greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon of the salt and ⅛ teaspoon of the pepper.
Top the cauliflower with the leeks, meat, Gruyère, thyme, and nutmeg, then add the remaining cauliflower and cream. Sprinkle with the Parmesan, remaining ¼ teaspoon of salt, and remaining ⅛ teaspoon of pepper.
Bake the gratin until it’s bubbly, the top is brown, and the cauliflower is soft, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving; otherwise it will be too soupy. Store extras in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a baking dish in a preheated 350°F oven for about 10 minutes.