Cauliflower Cheese

Cauliflower Cheese Recipe

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Vicki Butts (lazyme)


Cauliflower cheese is traditional British food. Found the recipe on


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15 Min
45 Min


  • 1 medium
    cauliflower (approximately 1 lb/450g)
  • 2 oz
  • 2 oz
    all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    mustard powder, optional
  • 1 pinch
  • 1 pt
  • 50 g
    cheddar cheese, grated (plus extra for sprinkling on top)
  • ·
    fresh ground pepper

How to Make Cauliflower Cheese


  1. Heat the oven to 395F/200C/Gas 7.
  2. Remove the green outer leaves from the cauliflower and steam whole over a pan of boiling water for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the cauliflower from the heat and leave to cool.
  4. Place the butter and flour into a large saucepan. Over a low heat stir the butter and flour until the butter has melted and the flour is incorporated.
  5. Add the salt and mustard powder and continue stirring for 2 minutes.
  6. Turn the heat up to medium and add the milk in one go and whisk furiously until all a smooth sauce is formed.
  7. Continue stirring until the sauce is thickened and glossy (about 5 minutes).
  8. If the sauce is very thick add a little more milk, the sauce should be thick but still runny.
  9. Add the grated cheese and stir until melted.
  10. Remove from the heat.
  11. Break the cauliflower florets from the thick, central stalk taking care not to break it into tiny pieces.
  12. Place the florets in a baking dish large enough to hold all the florets in one layer.
  13. Pour the thickened cheese sauce over the cauliflower ensuring all the florets are covered.
  14. Sprinkle with grated cheese and a good twist of black pepper.
  15. Bake in the hot oven until the sauce is bubbling and golden brown on the top, approximately 30 minutes.

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About Cauliflower Cheese

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: English

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