Cauliflower Cheese Recipes preparation

Here’s a classic and easy cauliflower cheese recipe, perfect as a comforting side dish or even a main course.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 50g (2 oz) butter
  • 50g (2 oz) plain flour
  • 600ml (1 pint) milk
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard (optional)
  • 150g (5 oz) mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • A pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Breadcrumbs for topping (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F) or 180°C (350°F) for a fan oven, or gas mark 6.
  2. Prepare the Cauliflower:
    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
    • Add the cauliflower florets and cook for 5-6 minutes until just tender but still firm. You don’t want them to be too soft as they will cook further in the oven.
    • Drain the cauliflower well and set aside.
  3. Make the Cheese Sauce:
    • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
    • Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, to make a roux.
    • Gradually add the milk, a little at a time, whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Continue to cook and stir until the sauce is smooth and has thickened.
    • Stir in the Dijon mustard (if using) and add about 100g of the grated cheddar cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth.
    • Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg (if using).
  4. Assemble the Dish:
    • Place the cooked cauliflower florets in an ovenproof dish.
    • Pour the cheese sauce over the cauliflower, ensuring all the florets are well covered.
    • Sprinkle the remaining grated cheddar cheese, Parmesan (if using), and breadcrumbs (if using) over the top for a crispy topping.
  5. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until the top is golden and bubbling.
  6. Serve:
    • Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Enjoy your delicious and comforting cauliflower cheese!

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