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Brussel Sprout and Cauliflower Gratin with Pine Nut-Breadcrumb Topping

Before you plan an all-out traditional menu this Thanksgiving, surprise your guests with a twist. Kate Savage shares her all-time-favorite recipe.


How to make Brussel Sprout and Cauliflower Gratin with Pine Nut-Breadcrumb Topping from Hobby Farms
Photo by Kate Savage
Serves 10-12 people


  • 1 ½ lbs of brussel sprouts, trimmed, quartered lengthwise
  • 1 ½ lb head of cauliflower, trimmed into small florets
  • 2 ¾ cups of heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup chopped shallots
  • 1 T chopped fresh sage
  • 1 ½ T olive oil
  • ½ cup plain dry breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup pine nuts, light toasted
  • 2 T chopped fresh Italian parsley


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook brussel sprouts in boiling water for 2 minutes. Add cauliflower to the same pot and cook until both are crisp-tender. Drain. Refresh in iced water. Drain.
Combine cream, shallots and sage in large saucepan. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, simmer until mixture is reduced to 2 ½ cups, 10 minutes. Season with salt.  Remove and cool. Heat oil in skillet, add breadcrumbs and stir until browned. Stir in toasted pinenuts and parsley.
Butter a 13 x 9 x 2 casserole dish or equivalent. Arrange half of the vegetables in dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and then 1 ½ cups of Parmesan. Arrange remaining vegetables evenly over, then sprinkle with remaining 1 ½ cup of Parmesan. Pour Cream evenly over.
Cover Gratin with foil and bake covered for 40 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle breadcrumb topping over and bake uncovered 15 minutes.

Recipe is from Holiday Food with a Twist by Kate Savage

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This is a great recipe! I've been making it since Lora Zarubin published it in Bon Appetite in 2008. It's always a crowd pleaser. Such great flavors
Christie, Birmingham, AL
Posted: 11/21/2015 11:05:47 AM
I wanted to pin this but the image is too small. It wouldn't accept it. Can't wait to try it.
Judith, Spanaway, WA
Posted: 8/1/2014 11:43:18 AM
Oh, that doesn't sound good to me. To each his own.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 3/25/2013 10:39:23 PM
sounds like a good one.
Louisa, Atlanta, GA
Posted: 4/3/2012 5:51:53 PM
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