Cauliflower Cheese

A Delicious And Easy To Make Supper Dish?

Cauliflower cheese, a most British dish that is reputed to have been introduced into the UK via Cyprus, the home of the cauliflower (Can this be true? Is there cauliflower in traditional Indian cooking?). It's very flexible, easy to make and an absolutely brilliant supper meal. If you want to make a main course you can add potatoes and bacon.

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Not to put to fine a point on it but once you have your basic technique resolved you can do any number of wonderful things with your cauliflower cheese. It's good enough to stand as the centerpiece of a main course of a meal and you can add a wide range of ingredients to compliment it. I even have a friend who makes this dish as part of his Burns Night celebration together with Haggis, Tatties and Nips. I've also seen it used as an accompaniment to faggots in gravy, it made for a wonderful rich sauce and was the perfect 'after pub' supper.

Once you have familiarized yourself with a recipe please do experiment, this is a dish that lends itself to your own individual quirks. There are great many variations on the simple and traditional offering we have here, if you find (or create) one that's particularly good let us know.

If you enjoy cauliflower cheese you may also like to try our recipe for patatas bravas. All the successful recipes are stored in the Recipe Directory.

Cauliflower Cheese

Preparation time:10 Minutes

Cooking time: 20 Minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 small or one medium sized cauliflowers
30gr flour 
30gr butter
90gr grated cheese
150ml milk 
150ml water
Salt and pepper to taste

By Patricia

This recipe makes a nice lunchtime snack, supper dish or accompaniment to a meat dish with your own favourite vegetables. If you are going to use it as part of a main course halve the ingredients given in this recipe. If you want to be a little more original try getting baby cauliflowers from your greengrocer and make individual portions. As an extra touch you can fry small squares of bacon and garnish the finished dish with them.

Cooking Instructions: 

  1. Trim the cauliflower of leaves and cut the stems close, put in a pan of boiling water with the head facing down and boil until tender (about 5 minutes).
  2. Drain the cauliflower and place in a greased ovenproof dish with the florets facing upwards. While the cauliflower is cooking you can make the cheese sauce.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a gentle heat, add the flour gradually until the butter and flour combine to make a paste.
  4. Then add the milk and water gradually until the sauce starts to thicken, bring the heat up a little and cook for 3-4 minutes stirring continuously to prevent lumps forming. Now add the seasoning and half the grated cheese.
  5. Simmer gently until the cheese has melted. Pour the sauce over the cauliflower and sprinkle the rest of the grated cheese over the top.
  6. Cook in the oven for 10 minutes gas 7 or 220°C. Brown under the grill if required.

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