(We’re Brit expats…) I use Julia’s recipe for the bechamel, so heat the milk before adding to the roux. Swoon!!! Thanks for a simple gluten free recipe featuring cauliflower. * I honestly haven’t recovered from the time someone sent me a recipe for cauliflower pizza crust, which seems a very effective way to get people to dislike both pizza and cauliflower, though I’m apparently in a minority on this delicacy and am likely alienating every last one of you. Forgot to add, when the grandbaby can have dairy, we will be eating your Cauliflower Cheese on a regular basis. I made this and really enjoyed it and was thinking about bringing it for Thanksgiving, but my mom will not allow another thing that has to go in the oven. In my humble opinion, the best way to prepare the cauli is to steam it. (not mixed together, but one side broccoli one side cauliflower.) I was happy to see your defense of British food. I make a version of this from an adaptation of a M.F.K. I have made this 4 times in the last two weeks… (whoops) but it’s *that* good. I totally agree with one commenter: England doesn’t deserve the bad rap it gets for food. My Mum would make it but she would also crumble up Cheese and Onion flavour crisps (chips here) on the top for some crunch. Singing Hinnies are sweet griddle cakes from the the north east of England. Difficult to get thin, not actually crusty, many problems. I had “most” of the ingredients, but did have to improvise. It was delicious! Get the best of Insurance or Free Credit Report, browse our section on Cell Phones or learn about Life Insurance. Thank you for a wonderful recipe. Should I replace the flour with half the amount of cornstarch, and make a slurry with the milk? We sprinkled red pepper flakes on top due to our fetish for spicy food. I hope it fills the void between trays of sparkling treats for you too. I was glad to see the Barbara Pym reference in the comments. I sooo want to make this, especially after reading all the comments. I want it. Chopped chives or flat-leaf parsley, for garnish (optional), Trim cauliflower and remove tough core. Thank goodness I found this recipe (long time reader, first time commenter) wherein I did half head of cauliflower, half pound of pasta, copious amounts of shredded cheddar + blue cheese in the sauce, topped with more cheese and the last of your seasoned breadcrumbs. How does this keep? Thank you, Deb! Thanks! Gradually add the egg/milk, mixing by hand until you have a dough that is firm enough to roll out but soft (you may not need it all) 5. RHUBARB CUSTARD! It’s still quite tasty, even if you don’t have a super-sharp cheddar on hand. I still warm my milk prior to making a bechamel (and since I measure liquid ingredients in pyrex, I don’t dirty anything extra as I warm it in the measuring cup in the microwave at low power). Kelly (#71)- I feel your pain…I have been gently reminding Deb about the “Rhubarb Pie that fell on her kitchen floor” for a long time now. It was very good but the texture seemed drier than I would have liked. Even better for breakfast. I’m glad I know before I tried to make that cauli pizza crust. how far in advance can you make this dish ahead of time? There’s a significant amount of both bacon and brussels sprout in it — it’s most of the volume — plus cheese, a couple shallots, and chives and it was clearly cooked up by someone who understands that a dinner frittata should be hearty enough to actually feel like dinner to frittata skeptics. fantastic. :). When/how do I add the cornstarch slush to this to thicken it?? I will definitely be making it again! Okay, I’m coming right back now. I have evolved it to add some chunks of boiled potato also. A definite keeper. This sounds delicious and similar to something my Mom cooks which is called “Schöne Melusine” (translates to beautiful Melusine” which is a name, apparently). Made tonight with side of roasted potatoes and salad. Another awesome thing? This recipe is perfect. This looks amazing! Do you have the nutrition facts for this recipe? So many variations to try, sources of cheddar cheese, reviews of British food, etc. Fabulous! I loved you already, forever and always, but you’ve truly outdone yourself, here. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Cauliflower cheese is one of my favourite things, and it holds up to the same sort of primping that you might add to mac and cheese. Thanks for bringing one of my favorite dishes to light for others to enjoy :). Deb, thank you for this! What size Staub gratin baking dish do you have? Thanks for the defence of British food (plus if you’re looking for recipes with great names, may I recommend Sussex Pond Pudding, Cullen Skink and Mulligatawney soup?). I made this last night and loved it. It was great and I would definitely make it again. There’s this Italian-ish restaurant near me that does something called cauliflower gratinata, but boo on that. Could you assemble this, including and sauce, and bake the next day? I’ve adopted it as my go-to recipe. Unfortunately despite cooking the cauliflower in the microwave without water and then draining it on a towel as directed AND increasing the baking time to 45 minutes, it was a bit watery. Scully…I like Kerrigold’s Aged Cheddar. Holy smokes…can’t wait to make it! Since nobody in my house will touch cauliflower and I love it do you think it will be a problem if I eat the whole batch? Brilliant! Cauli enhances even the most mundane of cheeses, and any hard cheese will do the trick, but the stronger the better. Said 10 year old distracted me while cooking and I promptly added the eggs before the Brussels sprouts. I tried this yesterday and to be honest turned out to be superb, my daughter liked it very much she generally don’t eat cauliflower but as it was cheesy she ate it. The dish was scraped clean and just about everyone wanted the recipe…..one couple had seen the post and were so excited to try it. Tonight after I baked it, we had a little while to go before dinner so I covered it in foil and lowered the heat to 200F. I am new to cooking with cauliflower and was wondering why all the cauliflower cheese recipes I see require steaming or boiling the cauliflower first before baking it with cheese sauce. Anyway, I will definitely be making it again. Recently I’ve been making it with steamed broccoli blended into the sauce, comfort food at it’s best! Amen, sister. smitten kitchen baked brie with balsamic red onions Despite my deep affection for cheese, to the point that one of my favorite things to do on a New York City weekend is to dip into Murray’s and treat us to something crumbly or aged or rich an… I went on a Pym binge years ago and clearly remembered the scene with the Cauliflower Cheese, but couldn’t have told you which novel it was. She loves it, and purple has to be healthier than white, right? Always good. Usually, however, I use Tillamook Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar from our local Fred Meyer, but I see it’s available on Amazon too. You can use a meatless bacon substitute. Love this! 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Made this for Thanksgiving and it is DIVINE. And by the way, the Brits call it Macaroni Cheese (no “and” or “with” ;) ) @Adam just leave out the mustard, not too important. Next time I would certainly add chives, but it was delicious nonetheless. I’m a low-carber who has found it to be a godsend. Irish/English, I was brought up on this and I was amazed that this was little known in the US. i hate broccoli but boyperson likes it, and sadly he does not like cauliflower. Nutritional information for Smitten Kitchen Buttermilk Ice Cream. Had this since I was a kid in the UK. The heat of the pan, and hot Brussels and bacon nearly completely cooked the eggs in 2 minutes on the stove top. I regularly make macaroni and cauliflower cheese, just reduce the amount of macaroni I use and add a head of cauliflower broken into florets. Only problem is I don’t have a cast iron skillet! I love reading your posts and your recipes, but I think this one wins for Best Reader Comments. You’ve made my Brit ex-pat husband so happy. A head of cauliflower with a cheese sauce made from American cheese, milk and hot sauce. And a big YES to the comment above about eating this with some Harissa paste… great idea! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Note that this concept isn’t anything new (just google for cauliflower gratin recipes – I like the Barefoot Contessa one) but I love the idea of cheddar instead of gruyere. Miracle of miracles! I could certainly support the idea of cauliflower mac and cheese, and never call it that, because really who needs an excuse to smother anything in cheese sauce, this is going into dinner rotation very soon in hopes to redeem my cauli-street cred. (though he was a good sport and tried the cauliflower cheese, and even took third and fourth bites, so take that as a compliment :)). When it’s done, drain and remove and put (right-side up) in an oven-prove dish. The first time I saw it on a menu in the UK last fall, I thought a word was missing, perhaps “with” or “and.” I mean, you cannot make cheese out of cauliflower or vice-versa, or at least I hope not. It was great with our venison steaks. Would do it many times! I made this again last night, and it was so very delicious! Thanks for share. I am American but live in the UK and miss British cheese with a passion when I go back. So much cheese! What, you’ve never had cauliflower cheese before? One year ago: Spinach and Egg Pizzettes I had wonderful dishes while there–Sunday roast dinners being one of the best followed closely by jacket potatoes with delicious toppings, and we mustn’t forget sticky toffee pudding. Now craving this! I made this for dinner tonight, but I’m going to leave an obnoxious review of the recipe where I change a million things, but I *think* I preserved the essence of the recipe. I am making this for dinner tonight and have both pie crusts handy as well as a pack of gnocchi! Which actually is a thing made out of cauliflower…but this looks better :). Jun 4, 2016 - Ribboned asparagus and goat cheese make for a swirly, stunning quick spring weeknight dinner, hooray. Either way, it sounds freaking delicious! I don’t know why recipes never mention this – it makes a world of difference. You put a whole cauliflower head in a baking dish, surround it with ground beef prepared as for meat loaf, and pour Cheeseburger sauce on top. Real no-carb cauliflower cheese…though it got a little bit watery, and I think stirring in just a bit of instant-blending flour would help with that. I eat it with a sunny side up egg and it is the most delicious thing ever. Praise for all that is good and wonderful in British food. Many cooks are now recommending roasting the veg rather than boiling or steaming before baking with the cheese sauce. Just made… and ate, this recipe tonight. I just popped it in the oven. ), therefore desperate for anything that can be made ahead. Six years ago: Pumpkin Swirl Brownies and A Deep Dark Salted Butter Caramel Sauce Granted not a healthy addition but did add flavour :) So ymmy, I may have to make this very soon!! DO TRY to make too much cauliflower cheese. I prepped it all the way to putting it in the baking dish, and then my daughter will bake it herself at dinnertime tonight. This is everything! Like a 1/4 inch layer of grease just sitting on top. Over the years I used to get pretty tired of being told how terrible our food was, by people who had never even set foot in the UK. It’s dry but not too dry, has a good slightly crumbly texture, and a crisp, very sharp cheddar bite. I’m so glad it was a hit. I love cauliflower cheese. Ended up making it this past weekend. Since these come in large pieces, the extra is good for the cheese straws Deb has posted elsewhere here. The sun was setting, I was in ecstasy to speak English with a native speaker, and I inhaled the cauliflower cheese. This dish looks absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to serve it to my family. It was great for dinner. Not my thing. I was so engrossed I missed my stop on the tube! So I made a bastardized version of this, and holy wow. Deb’s cheese straws will make you swoon. I love eatting it but rarely buy it. My béchamel looked a little thick but once it was baked it was perfect. Also, I love you for the defense of British cooking. Unfortunately, it released a lot of water during the baking, and made my sauce very watery and sort of grainy. plunks down a dish on the table and someone else (maybe Mr. I made a similar dish for my boyfriend’s family for Thanksgiving one year and everyone made fun of me. We love our cauliflower cheese in Australia too and it never occurred to me that this was a foreign food to Americans. We focused on whole-grain breads: s… I actually wound up completely missing your response in the holiday frenzy of 2016, adding 1/2 beer and thinking “wow, this is pretty intense, should scale back next time” and just started thinking about doing it again when I found your reply. Low Carb. Yum, cheese sauce and meatloaf! Another Brit here who grew up on this and can’t believe the rest of the world doesn’t know it too!! A friend in the UK saw that I shared this recipe and commented that he also likes it made with a gruyere/aged cheddar mixture 50/50…which I will also be trying! Required fields are marked *. Wonder what you think would be best? I feel like if you want to assemble it a few hours before baking it, that would be okay, but longer, I’d be concerned about the cheese sauce congealing/the cauliflower weeping too much and compromising the texture. I make it without the slivered prunes, and everyone loves it, including our granddaughter (who was 6 months old when she had it first). Rasa — No, I didn’t but I’m starting to wonder if the head I got was extra-firm. (I’m British, if you can’t tell!) Where’s the garlic and soy sauce??? Cauliflower and cheese sauce, yes please! I always wondered why hers was so tasty Can’t wait to try it with brussels! If you’d like more egg to come through, use only 1/2 pound. I can’t wait to try. I am on a keto diet and my family was having cheesy potatoes which are my favorite and I was afraid I would cheat. nice to get a new perspective on it :) Yous guys are awesome. What a great suggestion. Have you considered trying you hand at more british food? And even longer until I can make this for dinner? Even if I had, the awesome names of national dishes — toad in the holes, bubble and squeaks, spotted dicks, singing hinnies, jam roly-polys and doorstop sandwiches — would have more than compensated for any failures in the flavor department. This sounds great but I’d need to sub out the milk :(, It’s been so nice reading all the good comments about cauliflower cheese, I only make it for friends, (I live by myself and can’t be trusted around a full dish of this stuff). Cauliflower with cheese sauce is the best, I haven’t had that in eons. I tried cauliflower tacos once (process cauliflower into small, Rice Crispy sized pieces, then brown and season like ground meat). 4 years ago: Spinach Sheet Pan Quiche and Chocolate Caramel Crunch Almonds Can this be done with broccoli? I can see this recipe using a medium cheddar, easily! These days, I’ve started making the cheese sauce with brown butter and it is EXTRA delicious! Also have to second the pizza crust thing. I loved the seasoning in the cheese (Béchamel) sauce. Thanks so much again! Who can blame us? It’s a great favourite in our family, although I have to confess we call it Cauliflower Gratin. the 2-3″ hunks were cooked perfectly (and are the ones that get nicely browned on top, which is what made me leave it in the oven the full 30ish minutes), but the smaller bits made more of a cauliflower cheese dip consistency. Following your recommendation, in place of mustard powder I used Inglehoffer stone ground mustard. Funnily enough I had a craving for this dish last week and yesterday actually bought a cauliflower. It thickens up a bit faster too if you happen to be in a hurry which I often am. if i was serving this to company i’d invest in some mini baking dishes/ramekins/etc to avoid this presentation issue. 7 years ago: Cauliflower with Brown Butter Crumbs, Parsley Leaf Potatoes and Sugared Pretzel Cookies Frittata, quiche, or gnocchi, how to decide?? This low-calorie desert is perfect for summer picnics or to top off any meal. Seriously? Adam — You can absolutely skip it. Smitten Kitchen’s recipe is fairly classic, with a few clever upgrades. to bring to a potluck this weekend. I made this and it was delicious! If you put lots of cheese in, you end up with a cauli-cheese sauce that you can put over things – I like it over spatzle with chunks of ham, all baked in the oven. My mother would steam a whole head of cauliflower on state occasions, and pour cheese sauce over the top. Oy the timing! Spread rue and cheese on top and bake. A winner! It’s a delicious and healthy recipe *. My question is; which do you prefer; cauliflower cheese or cauliflower gratin? Smitten Kitchen Veggie … If only I’d had this in England during my study abroad semester! It’s cauliflower. Also have to second the think about the pizza crust… What a rude hung to do to foods that are so lovely when not combined together. Endless variation, depending on what you have (ham, bacon, sausage, different cheeses even (blue vein makes a nice change)) Enjoy! It looked great on the way into the oven, but came out watery and I think the sauce split! It was SO freaking good. Oooh I definitely want to put this into the dinner rotation soon! May have to give in to make this delicious sounding meal. I’ve seen a few suggestions for cooked potatoes and extra shallots, anything else to substitute for bacon? Thank you for sharing! So I had season 4 of Downton Abbey playing on TV in the background all day yesterday, in anticipation of season 5 starting last night (because I’m super-awesome, you know) and I kid you not, at some point, the servants are eating dinner and someone (maybe Daisy?) suzanne — It can, but it’s at it’s best the first time the sauce is baked on. My cauliflower was also on the small size (1.5 lbs) so I added in half a box of al dente elbow macaroni at the bottom of the baking containers. 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