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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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.

lecampbl's picture
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Add some chopped fried bacon bits and mix in some broccoli for a different twist, delicious

dazzanufc's picture
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Nice, quick and easy

gemsjams's picture
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was nice.. not the best iv ever tasted but was super easy to make.. preferred it to of been a bit more creamier :)

ivana2005's picture

Nice and simple!
I steam all the vegetables to avoid wasting nutriens in the water (place them in a colander or strainer over the pot of boilig water and cover tightly).

siobhanpattimore's picture
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A great staple for any dinner table. I've tried it with multiple cheeses mixed together, and it is absolutely heavenly.

hturner8's picture
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I forgot the stars!

hturner8's picture
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great recipe, after comparing to other recipes I added some grated nutmeg and a teaspoon of mustard. maybe a little extra cheese too for personal taste. yum!

claireydryds's picture
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This was a beautiful cheese sauce!read the reviews and as suggested added pinch of nutmeg whole grain mustard,black pepper and extra cheese! Would be a lovely sauce for macaroni!

roscar's picture
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delicious

wongie3's picture

Absolutely delicious, to be honest I had forgotten how nice cauliflower cheese was it was that long since I had made it. As others have mentioned making the sauce was so simple, I shall always make it this way from now on. I also added quite a bit of English mustard and a little more cheese then recommended and this will now be a regular at our table.

Linnyma's picture
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Easy to make cauliflower cheese. I steamed the cauliflower and really seasoned it well. A good strong cheese is essential and the breadcrumbs add that lovely crunch to the topping.

bowen192's picture
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Delicious! I agree that more cheese would make it even yummier.

amytriptyline's picture
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Easy to make, I cooked the cauli in stock and added a tiny bit of the stock to the milk. One thing though, it does taste a wee bit floury - I guess it's because the flour isn't 'cooked' as such, like it is in a Roux. But for speed it's brilliant.

maddjo's picture

This is a great recipe if your a busy mam and need something quick, the sauce was so easy to do and I just added more chedder and a pinch of nutmeg.

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