Cauliflower Cheese

We love cauliflower cheese in this family – FACT!

cc 1This blog is now months and months old and we have never really discussed our love of said dish! Its fabulous as a lunch, as a side dish and of course as part of a roast. Now of course we’d love to be able to say this is an original recipe we invented but…….. we can’t 😦

So…… we thought we’d share how we make it in the hope that other seasoned cauliflower cheese makers will share their tips and recipes.

cc4Take a Cauliflower! Easy! We were lucky enough to be given one by a lovely lady who is visiting Mammar and Da Gray!

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Prepare the desired amount. We like to leave ours in fairly big chunks and do a whole small to medium cauliflower. Steam this for about 10 minutes until it starts to go tender!

Meanwhile take about 50 grams of butter and heat it in a pan, add a 1/4 garlic clove and about 50 grams of plain flour. Stir the butter, garlic and flour until the butter has melted and the flour is incorporated. Add a good pinch of salt and a good teaspoon of mustard and stir again.cc3

Lower the heat and add 3/4 pint of milk and stir like there’s no tomorrow.

This should give you a smooth yet runny sauce. Continue to heat and stir for about 3 minutes, the sauce will go thicker but keep stirring so it stays runny.

cheese melting - yummy

cheese melting – yummy

Add a generous amount of cheese – we would guestimate we use about 100 grams in total (including cheese sprinkled on the top) and stir until melted.

Put the cauliflower in an ovenproof dish and pour over the lovely sauce.

cc6Put the cheese you retained for the top on top, sprinkle with cayenne pepper and bake in a hot oven (190c) for about 35 minutes!

Perfecto! Come on then folks it’s time to showcase your cauliflower cheese secrets!

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9 thoughts on “Cauliflower Cheese

  1. My version also includes macaroni(or some other small pasta types) so it’s macaroni cheese with cauliflower and I usually put a ring of sliced tomatoes round the outside top to make it look “prettier” I have also been known to put cut up bacon in, or serve crispy bacon with it! There you go! Enjoy.

  2. You can make the cheese sauce in the microwave – in a microwaveable bowl or jug, melt the required amount of butter and then stir in the flour to make the paste. Add the milk a little at a time, stirring after each addition until the sauce is smooth and thinning, then add the remainder of the milk and stir well.

    Microwave for 1 minute (half a pint) or 2 minutes (pint), stir well and microwave again for 1 – 2 minutes. You should have a medium thick sauce, add the cheese and stir well. You can microwave briefly after adding the cheese but I find it’s not necessary.

    I learnt this at a microwave cookery course many years ago when microwaves first hit the scene (when Daisy’s mummy was as small as Daisy!) and it’s an easy way to make a white sauce,

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