My cauliflower cheese recipe uses a cheese sauce that doesn't require flour or any other grain product to thicken it. It's a regular feature when we have roast dinner.
I enjoy cauliflower as much as anyone, but I'm not a fan of turning it into a rice, couscous or pizza base replacement as so many in the low carb/keto world like to do. (Don't get me wrong, there is no problem with using these to add texture to your meals).
Cauliflower cheese appeared to be a good option for a tasty way to eat this veg, but traditional cheese sauce contains flour, and I don't eat grain products at all.
Enter the cheese sauce in this recipe.
It's tasty and works the same as the version with the flour in it. In fact, it's so good that most people will never go back to making cheese sauce the way they used to.
Like so many of my recipes, the ingredients for this cauliflower cheese recipe are simple. After all, who wants to spend all day in the kitchen?
For the Cheese Sauce...
- 25g Butter
- Half a cup of Double Cream
- 75g Full Fat Cream Cheese
- 75g Cheddar Cheese, grated
- 75g Red Leicester or Wensleydale Cheese, grated
- 1 tsp Dijon Mustard (optional)
For the Cauliflower...
- 1 medium head of Cauliflower
- 75g of Cheese (whatever you like)
Preheat the oven to 200ºC (If you're cooking a roast at a slightly lower or higher temperature, this will work too; I've found little difference between 180 and 220ºC).
To make the cheese sauce, start by melting the butter, cream and cream cheese together in a small saucepan. Stir regularly and do not let them boil.
Once the first 3 ingredients are melted together, add the grated cheese and stir continuously while it melts.
Add the mustard if you wish, stir and remove from the heat
Cut the cauliflower into separate florets and pack into a glass backing dish (or any baking dish, really).
Cook the cauliflower in the microwave for around five-and-a-half minutes. Don't add any water, because cauliflower has a tendency to soak up water and will simply become mushy.
Remove the cauliflower from the microwave, pour over the cheese sauce and top with grated cheese.
Cook in the oven until the grated cheese on top has melted and browned to your satisfaction. Mine is usually in the oven for 30-40 minutes.