With the holidays nearly upon us, there are so many new things hitting shelves. Some are clearly meant for the Winter holidays while others are just for the Thanksgiving holiday. I'm not sure which category this is meant for, but this is another option as a side dish if you normally go through the refrigerated aisle for your sides.
And the refrigerated section does have a good selection of reliable side dishes. So far, I've seen the return of the delicious Scalloped Potatoes with Quattro Formaggio. I've seen the return of corn pudding, and the seemingly overlapping cauliflower gratin.
So with at least two comparison points, the scalloped potatoes, and the cauliflower gratin, I was curious how this would compare to a refrigerated and presumably fresher item.
Well, I was pleasantly surprised by what came out of the oven.
Now, my biggest complaint about any gratin is the potential to have a water or milky residue on the bottom. That was not the case here.
I opted for oven preparation. So yes, it took a bit, but the payoff was seemingly worth it.
While not quite on the level of the refrigerated options, this is a reasonably good competitor. The sauce was thick but more roux-y than say the scalloped potatoes. But both the cauliflower and broccoli had a good texture.
They were firm, but not too firm. The chunks of broccoli were larger than the cauliflower.
For $3.99 this is a reasonably priced side that will easily serve closer to three servings than the four listed. It wasn't watery and the sauce was thick.
Would I buy this again? There are so many things to try this time of year, so I'm one and done, but if this were out at a different time of year I'd pick up an extra one.
The package of Trader Joe's Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin:
After being cooked you get:
And a picture from on top:
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Trader Joe's Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin
Product Name: Trader Joe's Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin
Product Description: A new frozen seasonal side dish.
A frozen side dish that is anything but watery or runny.
- An affordable side that is well done
- Will easy make for 3 servings
- Had a slightly more flour-y/roux-y taste to it than the refrigerated sides