There are two key points to making your cauliflower cheese the best cauliflower cheese
- Include broccoli. It’s a cauliflower and broccoli cheese now. Broccoli is nice.
- Roast your veg. Don’t steam it or boil it, roast it.
The rest is up to you.
Here I had a family-sized pack of cauliflower and broccoli florets I cut the larger ones in half. Put them in the oven at 180C with some oil until they looked like this
Made a white sauce with 1oz butter, 1oz flour, 1 pint milk. Most recipes I use are in metric but some of the very old ones are in imperial measurements. I make sponge cakes in ounces as well. Added 2tsp of grainy mustard, and then most of a (250g) bag of grated extra mature cheddar.
Half the veg goes into a dish, pour some sauce on top, other half of the veg, some more sauce. I didn’t quite use all the sauce. Topped with breadcrumbs made from 2 slices of quite-old-bread-from-the-freezer that I had toasted and then whizzed up in my Nutribullet (hand-shredding is also fine). Rest of the cheese on top of that.
I’m taking this to a friend’s house for Friendsmas lunch (alt name: Thanksfriending) tomorrow, so no fully cooked picture, but it’ll go in the oven til the sauce is bubbling and the cheese on top is brown.
Note on prepared food. Yes, I used a number of prepared items in this. No, you don’t have to. Yes, I am a lazy person. No, this is not one of the main ways you can tell I’m lazy. The cheese in question costs the same as ungrated cheese of the same brand. The veg was slightly more by weight but didn’t include any stalk. Even if they had cost slightly more, I often exchange money for “not having to do things I don’t want to do”. There is no moral element to grating your own cheese. If you want to feel good about buying grated cheese or prepared veg, you could even think about it as keeping up demand to make sure these things are available for disabled or elderly people who find it difficult to cut things up.