Cheddar Cabbage Gratin

Baked Cabbage Gratin

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
489 Calories
27g Fat
46g Carbs
19g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 489
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 820mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Protein 19g
Calcium 532mg 41%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A little spicy mustard adds zing to the cheese sauce for this delicious Cheddar cabbage gratin style casserole. Parmesan cheese may be added to the buttered bread crumb topping for more taste and texture. 

Serve this flavorful cabbage casserole as part of a family meal, or serve with a holiday dinner


  • 1 medium head cabbage (about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds, coarsely chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic (halved)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons spicy mustard (or Dijon)
  • 8 ounces white Cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • For the Topping:
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (soft)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter (melted)

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.

  2. Grease a 2 1/2-quart baking dish.

  3. Steam the cabbage until just tender.

  4. Drain well and set aside.

  5. In a medium saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat.

  6. Saute the garlic until aromatic, one to two minutes.

  7. Remove garlic and discard.

  8. Add the flour to the flavored butter and cook, stirring, until smooth and bubbly.

  9. Stir in the milk and mustard.

  10. Cook, stirring, until thickened.

  11. Stir in the Cheddar cheese and add salt and pepper, to taste.

  12. Combine the sauce with the drained cabbage and pour it into the prepared baking dish.

  13. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese, if using.

  14. Combine the soft bread crumbs with 1 1/2 tablespoons of melted butter and toss until well blended.

  15. Sprinkle evenly over the casserole.

  16. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until browned and bubbly.