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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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.

marthamydear's picture
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This was very rich and delicious. I used a "Medium" Cheddar and should've used a more strong, mature cheese. Mmm...very tasty, will make again and again! Thanks so much for posting! :)

jo2729's picture
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Just made this as an introduction to me learning to actually cook instead of prepare ready made food. Thought it was really simple, and turned out lovely! I did add a little more cheese, but was really happy with how it turned out. My 4 year old helped me eat it, my 2 year old...not so keen...lol!

Will definately make again, and use half brocolli and half cauliflower to see if my little one will eat it next time. Would recommend to even the most novice of cooks!

ClaireC by the Sea's picture
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I love cauliflower cheese though I'm always put off making it from scratch due to the roux method which I've still not mastered! This is so simple....why is there a roux method at all!!! Fantastic results and with a little tweaking to your own taste (for me, english mustard and strong cheese) it's easy, peasy, lemon squeazy!

pattinghamkate's picture
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Delicious and easy to make - a decent strong cheddar is the key. Fantastic with rib of beef.

satutatu's picture
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Absolutely delicious!!! Added extra cheese and a tbsp of wholegrain mustard as well as a cheeky veg stock cube and it was simply heavenly. And this is coming from someone who has despised cauliflour for decades!

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