Cauliflower Cheese

cauliflower cheese

Cauliflower Cheese

I was rereading The Shell Seekers (affiliate link), a lovely book, and they kept serving cauliflower cheese during the war. It made me want to try some. When I looked it up, it seems it is basically cooked cauliflower with a cheese sauce on top, sounded both easy and good.

And I had a cauliflower sitting in the fridge.  This is a mild dish, an easy way to expand your kids vegetable adventures perhaps.  I served it with grilled chicken breasts, grilled leeks (a recipe that needs some work) and crash hot potatoes.

Cauliflower Cheese

cauliflower cheese
  • 1 head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into large pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup or more grated Cheddar cheese
  1. Steam the cauliflower until barely done. If you don't have a steamer basket, I would microwave in a covered dish with a small bit of water.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350.
  3. Put the cauliflower into a small buttered baking dish.
  4. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and then stir in the flour. Cook over medium-low heat 2 minutes.
  5. Heat the milk in a microwave during the two minutes if you'd like. It makes it easier to blend.
  6. Slowly whisk the milk into the butter and flour, then bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer a few minutes, stirring, until it has thickened.
  7. Take the pan off the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of cheese.
  8. Pour the cheese sauce over the cauliflower.
  9. Top with a bit more grated cheese if you'd like.
  10. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes.


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