An easy cauliflower cheese recipe that will leave you coming back for seconds!
There’s just something so wonderful about a tasty fresh cooked cauliflower cheese.
This recipe is light but full of cheesy flavour for you to enjoy.
It’s great comfort food for the whole family to enjoy.
What is cauliflower cheese?
If you’ve never eaten cauliflower cheese, then you have a real treat in store for you!
If you’re an international visitor, we should say that the British don’t say the ‘and‘ that you may feel is missing, as this dish is cauliflower and cheese.
This is a tasty British dish and is similar to macaroni cheese (or macaroni and cheese) but with cauliflower instead of macaroni.
What do you serve cauliflower cheese with?
Cauliflower cheese is predominantly served as a side dish, it’s great with chicken, meat, roasted vegetables or as a tasty baked potato topping.
It’s also a very popular addition to a Sunday roast dinner and before you knock it, just try it, it’s delicious!
Fresh crusty bread is also delicious when dipped in it.
What cheese do I use for cauliflower cheese?
We’ve used gruyere and mature cheddar cheese for this recipe as we love the way they melt and tastes lovely.
You could also use mature cheddar cheese grated into the dish.
How do you make cauliflower cheese?
We’ve got a recipe card with full instructions and quantities of the ingredients if you scroll down but here’s a quick insight into how to cook this warming food dish.
We like to get everything ready first, so preheat the oven and you’ll need to wash your cauliflower and then separate it into small florets.
You’ll need to bring them to the boil in a large pan of water until they are tender, remove from the heat and then drain and place the florets in an ovenproof dish.
Then make sure all of your cheese is grated, doing this ahead makes life so much easier.
Then it’s time to make your cheese sauce.
To make the sauce you’ll need to add the milk into a saucepan and then on medium heat add plain flour and butter to the milk.
Add in a little English mustard to give the flavour an extra depth and season with salt and pepper.
Stir in the flour, melt the butter and keep whisking until the cheese sauce starts to thicken.
Keep whisking until the sauce is bubbling and then add in your mature cheddar that you grated earlier.
Once the cheese sauce has been made, it’s time pour it all over the cauliflower florets.
Sprinkle the remainder of the cheese grated earlier and then place it in the baking dish in the oven.
You’ll need to cook it for approximately 20 minutes, turning it half way through to ensure and even cook.
When it’s ready it should be golden brown on top and bubbling away.
We hope that you enjoy making this tasty dish and would love to hear your feedback and what you thought of it, so please leave a comment below.
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- Large saucepan
- Nonstick saucepan
- Ovenproof dish
- Sharp knife
- Chopping board
- Hand whisk
For the cauliflower cheese
- 1 Large cauliflower
- 100 g Gruyere cheese
For the cheese sauce
- 1 ltr Milk
- 8 tbsp Plain flour
- 100 g Butter
- 200 g Cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp English mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 180°C
- Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil
- Wash and cut your cauliflower into florets
- Place them in the pan of water and boil until they are tender, approximately 7 – 10 minutes
- When cooked, drain them and place them in an ovenproof dish and set aside
- Grate your gruyere cheese and set it aside
For the cheese sauce
- First grate your cheese and set aside
- Pour your milk into a large nonstick saucepan, with the heat off at the moment
- Cube your butter and add it in along with your plain flour
- Now turn the heat on to medium and begin whisking at a gentle consistent speed
- Keep on whisking as your butter melts into your milk and it begins to boil
- The flour will disappear and the sauce will thicken – keep whisking
- Now add your English mustard and salt and pepper to season
- Now whisk for approximately 2 more minutes, the sauce will begin to bubble
- Then it's time to add your grated cheese and stir it until it has all melted into the sauce
- Now pour the cheese sauce evenly over the cauliflower florets in your ovenproof dish
- Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese over the top of the dish
- Place the dish in the oven and cook for 20 minutes, turning it around halfway through to ensure an even cook
- It will turn a lovely golden brown colour and will be bubbling away
- Remove from the oven and serve