Cauliflower Cheese for the weekend

cauliflower cheese

When I was a kid I would get so excited at the prospect of cauliflower cheese. It was in large part due to the fact that my mum cooked such healthy meals that there was a zero to no chance that our veg would ever be covered in…cheese. So in most cases I only ate it at friends houses. It is a perfect cheesy side dish to a nice steak or, if you are having a bad day its nice all on it’s own. Nowadays, I make it anytime I want – except if mum is visiting of course!

How do you make cauliflower cheese? It’s very simple:

Ingredients

* 1 large cauliflower, broken into florets
* 1-1/4 cups milk
* 3 tablespoons flour
* 4 tablespoons butter
* 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
* 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 8 ounces quality cheddar cheese, grated and divided
* 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 450F

Boil cauliflower in salted water until just tender, 10-15 minutes

Drain well in colander and place in a buttered baking dish

In a saucepan add the milk, butter, and flour and while whisking continuously heat until mixture is smooth, thickens, and comes to a boil

When mixture boils continue to cook and whisk for an additional two minutes

Remove from heat and add mustard powder, nutmeg, salt, pepper and roughly two thirds of the grated cheese, stirring until smooth

Pour sauce over cauliflower

Mix breadcrumbs with remaining cheese and sprinkle over the top

Bake 25 minutes until golden brown and bubbly

Serve immediately

receipe via group recipes, image via diner diary

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5 Responses

  1. I am so making this this weekend!! I just bought two heads of cauliflower, with no idea what to do with them. Thanks!!

  2. Wonderful recipe! I will try this one day soon. Life is better with cheese. haha.

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  4. Yum! This sounds delicous!

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