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Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gratin

Cauliflower Gratin


Cauliflower, Milk (Milk, Vitamin D3), Heavy Cream, Quattro Formaggio Shredded Four Cheese Blend (Parmesan and Asiago Cheese [Cultured Unpasteurized Milk, Animal and Microbial Rennet, Salt], Fontina and Mild Provolone Cheese [Cultured Pasteurized Milk, and Microbial Rennet, Salt], Powdered Cellulose, Natamycin [for Freshness]), Breadcrumbs (Wheat Flour, Sugar, Yeast, Salt, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil), Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Parmesan Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Microbial Rennet, Powdered Cellulose), Modified Cornstarch, Sea Salt, Parsley, Dehydrated Onion, Black Pepper, White Pepper.

Contains Milk, Wheat.

Cooking Instructions

Microwave (1,200 watts):
Microwave cook times may vary depending on oven wattage. Remove cooking tray from outer packaging, lift one corner of film and heat on high 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 minutes; let stand 1 minute. Contents will be hot. Please remove film carefully.

Conventional Oven:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lift corner of film and place on baking sheet on center rack of oven (do not place plastic tray directly on oven rack). Bake 20  to 25 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 1 to 2 minutes before serving.

Cooking Notes

We cooked a few different varieties of ready-made TJ’s sides at once, in a 350°F oven for 20-25 minutes. Not exactly as prescribed in the directions, but it worked perfectly in our tests.

Nutrition Facts
about 3.5 servings per container
Serving size 1/2 Cup (110g/3.9 oz)

Amount per serving
Calories 170
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 260mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Includes (Not Listed) g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 5g

Vitamin D (Not Listed) mcg 0%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium (Not Listed) mg 0%

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Sometimes side dishes really make the meal, and this Thanksgiving season, we found some new and exciting side dish options at our local Trader Joe’s. With options like Cauliflower Gratin, we think it’s ok to cut a few corners on our Turkey Day prep.

So what did we think of this side dish? Overall, we were pleasantly surprised. It was crunchy, cheesy, flavorful and decadent. In short, we really enjoyed it. And it definitely turned out to be a crowd-pleaser. Truthfully, it almost tasted homemade.

Also on the table for our Test Thanksgiving dinner was Corn PuddingScalloped Potatoes with Quattro FormaggioCarrot SouffleCornbread Stuffing Mix, and Kettle Cooked Turkey Gravy. The result? Our best test Thanksgiving yet!

Have you tried this side dish from Trader Joe’s? Let us know your opinions in the comments below!

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Summary : We were pleasantly surprised with this side dish. It was crunchy, cheesy, flavorful and decadent.

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  1. I followed the directions (Cook for 30 min on 355º) but it had cold areas. Left it in another 10 minutes. Didn’t get crunchy but it was heated through. Tasted great. Next time I will let it cook a little longer as well as sprinkle some parmesan cheese mixed with panko bread crumbs on top to get a crunchy crust! It served two of us.