Cauliflower Cheese

Cauliflower cheese has to be one of the most popular comfort foods and cauliflowers are incredibly cheap right at this time of year. It’s a perfect side with Sunday dinner or served with salty gammon steaks or roasted salmon. Vegetables smothered in cheese have a better chance of being tried by my veggie-hater so it’s worth trying if you have a picky eater. I have three essentials for a cauliflower cheese:

  1. A hard, red cheese like Red Leicester or Double Gloucester for the sauce
  2. The cauliflower needs to have some bite not be a soggy mush
  3. Some leaves included with roasted edges

Serves 2 Adults
and 2 Kids

1 large cauliflower head
75g Red Leicester
30g unsalted butter
35g plain flour
375ml semi-skimmed milk
black pepper
sea salt
salt for boiling the cauliflower

  • Cut the cauliflower into medium to large sized florets and keep any undamaged leaves. Put a large pan of salted water on a medium high heat to boil.
  • Once it’s boiling blanch the cauliflower florets for 4 minutes (adding the leaves for the last minute) then drain and place the florets and leaves in a small roasting dish and grind over with black pepper.
  • Melt the butter in a small milk pan over a medium heat then add the flour and whisk to combine. Gradually, but constantly, add the milk whilst whisking until you have a smooth sauce.
  • Grate the cheese then add to the sauce and stir until it melts completely into the sauce. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning with the sea salt as necessary.
  • Pour the sauce over the cauliflower and place in a 220°C (200°C Fan) oven for 15 minutes. If you want a browner top pop it under the grill for a few minutes.

Published by One Tough Cooker

I'm the writer at One Tough Cooker. My experience with post-natal depression has shaped my appreciation for the family cook. We make thousands of meals to feed our families' tummies, hearts and minds.

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