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Cauliflower cheese

Cauliflower cheese

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(93 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins

Easy

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

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal250
  • fat15g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre3g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.62g
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Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower (leaves cut off), broken into pieces

    Cauliflower

    coll-ee-fl-ow-ah

    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • 500ml milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 4 tbsp flour

    Flour

    fl-ow-er

    Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…

  • 50g butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g strong cheddar, grated

    Cheddar

    Ched-ah

    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • 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.

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Comments (106)

kmccreesh's picture
5

Wow I'll never fuss around making a roux again - this sauce was a breeze to make and perfect consistency! I agree that a bit more flavour might be needed than the basic sauce recipe - I went with a spoon of dijon mustard, seasoning and a good strong mature cheddar and the dish went down very well indeed.

Flirtyfabgirl's picture

Beautiful, i added salt, pepper and 1 tsp of nutmeg to the sauce! Tasted delicious, def cook the cauli for about 10 min rather thean 5 and leave to drain a good 15 min also.
Wont let me rate it but give it 5 star :)

cookerycook's picture

I used goats cheddar from waitrose, very nice recipe!

strangeworld57's picture
5

Easy to make and tastes amazing

cloclo15's picture

A simple recipe to make - I would boil the cauliflower for a bit longer next time though. The sauce was much easier than making a roux but tasted slightly floury - perhaps i didn't boil it for long enough? My husband thought it needed to be much cheesier, though I thought it was fine as it was

katrinaridout's picture

I used this recipe for the first time and found it to be very simple and I would say possibly foolproof. It was tasty and complemented my xmas dinner very well. The left overs were refrigerated and reheated in portions as needed - it remained firm and delicious over 4 days - it keeps exceptionally well. I prepared this a day ahead and would highly recommend!

London Sarah's picture

I love this recipe. I've just made some to go with Christmas dinner. Add some Parmesan to the top to give it a bit more flavour.

PopTart1234's picture

I have made this recipe many times and when I put it in the oven the sauce is very thick, however, when I take it out from the over the sauce has become very watery, does anyone have any tips?

gail-jones's picture

Watery sauce? When the cauliflower is cooked, leave it to drain in a colander while you make the sauce. Cauliflower has a tendency to retain water in all its crevices and can water down your sauce. I have been known to put kitchen paper in my cooking dish after draining just to absorb that last bit. Don't forget to take the paper out before the sauce goes in!

Aussie_Foodie's picture

Hey - once you have drained your cauli - let it sit in the colander until it stops steaming and has really drained off 30mins should do it. Can leave longer if you are prepping in advance.

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...

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
5

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

callymazoo's picture
5

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
5

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!

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