Cauliflower cheese

    35 min

    This is an easy recipe for cauliflower cheese but it's pretty versatile. You can use the cheese sauce with any vegetables you have handy. I often put a layer of cooked kale or broccoli on the bottom, then arrange the cooked cauliflower florets on top. You can change the flavour of the sauce by adding different cheeses you might have in your fridge. It takes a bit of elbow work to make the sauce but it's worth it. This is delicious served with roast beef or lamb.


    County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK
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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 medium sized cauliflower
    • 60g (4 tablespoons) butter
    • 60g (4 tablespoons) plain flour
    • 450 ml semi-skimmed milk
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 50g Parmesan cheese, grated
    • 50g mature Cheddar cheese, grated

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 220 C / Gas 6. Wash the cauliflower and remove some of the outer leaves, if you like. You can leave it whole or break into large florets. Place in a large pot; add enough water to cover the thick stalk and boil for 8 to 10 minutes. Don't overcook as it will continue to cook in the oven.
    2. Over a low heat, gently melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the flour. Use a whisk or wooden spoon to mix them together. The mixture should pull away from the sides of the pot but continue to stir for another minute to allow the flour to cook.
    3. Pour in a little of the milk and whisk or stir continuously. When the mixture has thickened up, add more milk but keep stirring. Continue to do this until the sauce has thickened but is still pourable. Add the grated Parmesan and stir well. season with salt and plenty of black pepper.
    4. Drain the cauliflower well and place in an oven proof dish. Pour the cheese sauce over the cauliflower, making sure you cover all of it. Sprinkle over the grated Cheddar cheese. Bake in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes or until the cheese has turned golden brown.


    If the mixture is too thick, you can thin it down with some chicken stock.

    AGA Tip:

    Place in the roasting oven on the grid shelf. If oven is hot, it will take 20-25 minutes to brown on top. Can easily be cooked while you are resting or carving a roast.

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    Simple to do .. used Cheddar instead of parmasan and still tasted great  -  21 Jan 2015


    GOOD TO GO  -  11 Dec 2010


    Fabulous sauce. Easy to make. Kids loved it. Used lots of cheddar though on top. Also I cooled the boiled Cauli by rinsing in cold water in colander. Stops it Cooking and leaking water into sauce. Saw this on a cooking show.  -  04 Jan 2016