Cauliflower cheese

Cauliflower cheese

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

Pop this classic side dish in the oven when you take your roast chicken out to rest, so there's no hot shelf juggling

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
250
protein
13g
carbs
16g
fat
15g
saturates
9g
fibre
3g
sugar
8g
salt
0.62g

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower (leaves cut off), broken into pieces
  • 500ml milk
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 50g butter
  • 100g strong cheddar, grated
  • 2-3 tbsp breadcrumbs, if you have them

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Method

  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, then add the cauliflower and cook for 5 mins – lift out a piece to test, it should be cooked. Drain the cauliflower, then tip into an ovenproof dish.
  2. Heat oven to 220C/200C/gas 7. Put the saucepan back on the heat and add the milk, flour and butter. Keep whisking fast as the butter melts and the mixture comes to the boil – the flour will disappear and the sauce will begin to thicken. Whisk for 2 mins while the sauce bubbles and becomes nice and thick. Turn off the heat, stir in most of the cheese and pour over the cauliflower. Scatter over the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs.
  3. When the chicken comes out of the oven (see 'Goes well with' recipe), pop in the Cauliflower cheese and bake for 20 mins until bubbling.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2010

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Nolfese's picture

Once upon a time the BBC was 'the' reference for English grammar and pronunciation, nowadays...
The word 'fast' is an adjective NOT an adverb. A verb CANNOT be modified by an adjective. The expression 'Keep whisking fast' DOES NOT EXIST!

'Keep whisking quickly', for the love of heaven sort yourselves out...

pblip's picture

Your a idiot

jburton's picture

Not getting involved in an argument because this has always been a friendly sight but do please get your English correct. Its an idiot not a idiot.

petricore's picture

*sigh* if you must weigh in on someone else's comments please do not be a hypocrite....
1) you're not your (first comment not yours)
2) site not sight
3) it's not its

vikkiekaye's picture

I'm surprised this recipe gets an average of 5/5. It's unbelievably bland; it needs infused milk or spices and not cheesy enough. I'll give it one thing, it's a quick recipe!

cdowling's picture

Lovely and very easy. making it again I would probably use 1&1/2 cauliflowers as for me there was a lot of cheese sauce. I also added 2 tsps of djion mustard to the white sauce which breaks up the heaviness of the dish.

daisypetal357's picture
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Lovely recipe and very easy to make. I strong cheese is needed for a good flavour.

callymazoo's picture
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An easy recipe - if I had not rushed and not looked at the easy sauce bit rather than roux. however a failsafe reparation was done using a handheld mixer. It makes a lovely smooth sauce in an instant - this is from a lump expert!

callymazoo's picture
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I was rushing and forgot to make the sauce as you did and again made a roux which turned lumpy. I have found that if I use the hand held mixer it gets rid of any lumps in an instant. Worth knowing if lumpy sauces has been your forte. This is an easy and lovely recipe.

bridget52's picture

I added a little lemon juice, half teaspoon of mustard to the sauce and a little graing of nutmeg to the breadcrumbs. Gave it a bit more interest. Delicious!

bridget52's picture

I added a little lemon juice, half teaspoon of mustard to the sauce and a little graing of nutmeg to the breadcrumbs. Gave it a bit more interest. Delicious!

sabrina74's picture
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I agree easiest ever!! I added spring onions and the wholegrain mustard, extra cheese on the top with the fresh breadcrumbs and I just grilled it while I dished up the chicken, just to make it lovely and crisp and golden, my husband loved it,

cdunne's picture
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Absolutely delicious and very easy to make.

nao2004's picture

Delicious recipe, a favourite of ours. We always make sure we use a good strong cheddar such as Tickler, it makes such a difference!

dwatson27's picture
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Made this yesterday. Added more mustard and extra cheese. Left it to cool while I went shopping. My husband arrived home while I was out and sent me a text 'food smells wonderful'. I tasted wonderful too. I paid 50p for the cauliflower and had the other ingredients in the house already! I will never buy a ready made cauliflower cheese dish again! So easy to make.

wendy258's picture

This is my go to recipe for cauliflower cheese, a dish my family hated until I tried this one. I've not changed anything but have halved the ingredients for a smaller dish

wendy258's picture

This is my go to recipe for cauliflower cheese, a dish my family hated until I tried this one. I've not changed anything but have halved the ingredients for a smaller dish

owenreed's picture

Made it a few times now, the five minutes boiling time should be reduced if you use smaller florets of broccoli. And add a little more cheese if you are skinny like me!

grahamoggy's picture
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lovely, nice and easy to make.

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