If you’re in the mood for some good old fashioned comfort food, you’ve come to the right place because this cauliflower cheese bake hits all the right notes; ooey -check, gooey -check, cheesy -check. In fact, there’s a LOT of cheese in this recipe, so if you have some dairy-free friends, this wouldn’t be the night to invite them around. Cauliflower cheese has been a classic British comfort food for decades so it’s high time that North America gets a taste of this creamy comfort sensation.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20
Cook Time: 30

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into medium-small florets
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups hot milk
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ¼ cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup grated gruyere cheese
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cups fresh (untoasted) bread crumbs

Equipment

  • Large saucepan
  • Medium saucepan
  • Colander
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Large ovenproof baking dish (greased)

Method

  • Preheat oven to 400℉
  • Steam or parboil cauliflower florets until tender but still firm. (about 10 minutes for steaming or 6-7 minutes for boiling) Drain cauliflower and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over high heat, add flour and whisk to combine, cook for one minute more and then add mustard powder, nutmeg, cayenne salt and stir.
  • Slowly add the milk in a steady drizzle, while continuing to whisk so that no lumps form. Add salt and pepper to taste and bring mixture to a simmer so that it thickens.
  • Stir in 1 cup grated cheddar and ¼ cup grated gruyere cheeses and stir until melted and combined.
  • Spread cauliflower florets in the greased baking dish and pour cheese sauce over in an even layer.
  • Sprinkle the top with remaining cheddar, parmesan cheese and fresh bread crumbs and place in the oven.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden bronzed.
  • Serve to the hungry mob that by this point, will be gathered in the kitchen with anticipation.
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