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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imabadpixie's picture
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First try at this... and it was delicious. I used half Cauli and half broc... also added some chopped spring onions (which i think really added) and a teaspoon of mustard powder.
Used cheddar and red leicester... probably used more than suggested.

yummy!!

shell07's picture
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I made this today for Mother's Day and it was the best cheese sauce ever, so easy to make and so smooth. I added more cheese and a teaspoon of mustard powder and sprinkled it with more cheese and it was so lovely. I made it with broccoli as well.

ben-10's picture
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I have spent years like others before me struggling and failing with a roux in order to make a white sauce. I have just made this for the first time and am gobsmacked!!!!! I added some wholegrain mustard and lots more cheese (strong) and it is fantastic!!! Thank you GOOD FOOD!!!!!!!

vstratton's picture

Absolutely delicious - was dubious about not making a roux but it worked perfectly. Didn't bother with breadcrumbs, was fine without. Recommend, especially as it was very easy to pop in the oven when the chicken was resting.

andycrofts's picture

Bit of a sprinkling of nutmeg - like, half a teaspoonful - doesn't go amiss, either..

gstables's picture

Delicious and successfull every time........... Lovely!

shazzoon's picture
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I couldn't believe how easy the cheese sauce was to make! Normally I find white sauce quite difficult to make but I'm definitely going to use this method from now on.

Had it with sausages and green beans. Was lovely :)

dougnewman's picture
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Tasted delicious, will use a bit less flour next time & might add some English Mustard like some other people have suggested.

unclechuck's picture
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First time trying to make cheese/white sauce and (although i'm sure if you've had experience it is easy) the description is not detailed enough for a novice like myself. Simply chucking it all in and stirring isn't all you need to know. Needless to say it didn't work and I used another recipe doing it the longer way, melting the butter first and adding the milk slowly, and it worked just fine.

southwoldecjc's picture
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Good but better with the addition of mustard seeds to give a bit of crunch and punch

jemtacko's picture
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Made this tonight for the first time for me and my children and it was delicious!! Kids loved it and will definitely be making this again!! So easy to make too!!

just1nj1840's picture
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Needs a bit more cheese, but aside from that a good recipe.

richard007's picture

How about a Blackberry 9900 app?

rosieadams30's picture
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Best cauliflower cheese recipe ever! Went down a storm.

joannablane's picture
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Fantastic - at last a cheese sauce I can make which doesn't split! I added extra cheese and even my 3 year old loves it!!

joannablane's picture
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Fantastic - at last a cheese sauce I can make which doesn't split! I added extra cheese and even my 3 year old loves it!!

riddler's picture
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Like busyworkingmummy i used half broccoli & half cauli too and sprinkled with paprika. Went down a storm with my dad and even my daughter who claims to 'hate' cauli loved it. Will be doing this on a regular basis

jackieperry's picture
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Quick, easy and very tasty - will be making again

elleks's picture

When I was on a low-carb diet, I made cheese sauce by simply melting grated cheese into cream. Extravagant but delicious!

soccermom's picture
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Embarassed to see this is the first time I have made cauliflower cheese and it was so easy and lovely, much better than shop bought.

I did add a little nutmeg and extra cheese and before putting in the oven I spinkled it with a little paprika.

It went down a treat with everyone. This recipe is a keeper.

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