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Cauliflower and saffron gratin

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for cauliflower and saffron gratin by David Young from Cafe Nice in Sydney.

By David Young
  • 10 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Cauliflower and saffron gratin
"This dish just screams of the food of the sun," says Young. "Cauliflower cooked with saffron until it's beautifully sweet, topped with Reggiano and crumbs and baked until golden."


  • 200 ml chicken stock, plus extra for topping up
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 1 small cauliflower (about 650gm), trimmed, cut into florets
  • 40 gm finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 30 gm dried coarse breadcrumbs


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    Preheat oven to 200C. Bring stock and saffron to the boil over medium-high heat in a saucepan large enough to hold cauliflower, add cauliflower, season to taste, reduce heat to medium and simmer until cauliflower is tender but not mushy (5-6 minutes; top up with extra stock if necessary). Remove cauliflower with a slotted spoon, shake off excess liquid and transfer to a 1.5-litre gratin dish. Continue simmering stock until reduced to a glaze (2-3 minutes), then pour glaze over cauliflower, season to taste and mix well to combine. Scatter Parmigiano-Reggiano and breadcrumbs over and bake until golden (10-12 minutes). Serve hot.