Cauliflower Cheese has to be one of the most favourite traditional meals of all time. I love Cauliflower Cheese and I remember at 12 years old when I refused to learn to cook in the kitchen with my mum it was the one dish I could make.
In my teenage years I was a vegetarian so I would eat a lot of Cauliflower Cheese and other beautiful dishes with a cheese sauce involved somewhere!!!
Nowadays though I tend to eat my cauliflower cheese as a side dish to go with a main meal and then the leftovers will then be frozen to use at a later date.
Here is my Cauliflower Cheese recipe and I hope you enjoy it as much as me.
1 Medium Cauliflower
150g Mature Cheddar Cheese
½ Pint Semi Skimmed Milk
150g Plain Flour
Salt/Pepper (If Desired)
First of all you need to chop your cauliflower into florets so that they are of an equal size so that none become mushy or undercooked and then add some salt and pepper and cook them until they are cooked. I prefer to use a steamer as it keeps their flavour and they taste much better.
While your Cauliflower is cooking you need to work on your cheese sauce. Cook the fat in the pan and once it is runny add the flour and make sure you properly cook your flour in the margarine otherwise it will taste awful.
Then once you have a beautiful rue you need to add your milk until you have a lovely white sauce. At this point you need to add your pinch of nutmeg and mustard. My husband always gives me a nasty look when he sees me with the nutmeg but it gives it a wonderful flavour.
Once you have done this you need to add your cheese. This is down to preference some people prefer to have more cheese than others.
Once you have added the cheese and it has all melted lovely. You need to check on your cauliflower and once it is done, mix the two together and place in a casserole style dish. I also like to slice some tomatoes on top and scatter some breadcrumbs but it is optional if you want to do this or not.
If you want to make a bigger or smaller cheese sauce just remember you always have the same amount of flour, cheese and fat so just alter it to your needs.
After 5 minutes under the grill your Cauliflower Cheese is ready to serve. Enjoy!