We receive a strong-tasting cauliflower variety from our CSA and I think this recipe is a keeper. Wow! She DID also promise us this wayyyy back, we have it in writing. Thanks again Deb! Removed it to clean towel. A rich sauce paired with cauliflower make it a balanced comfort food dish. Cauliflower Cheese is how I found out that I actually liked cauliflower. In my Sunday sweats, I did not want to leave the house. Probably all my fault, but if you’ve had a similar result we can commiserate together! One of the many awesome British foods I get to enjoy living in London. Saves a step and a pot and also minimises the moisture content. High-Protein, Low-Sugar Blueberry Muffins Just one of these muffins packs nearly 9 grams of protein! On the one hand I have a feeling the sprouts would have been even yummier than the cauli, but OTOH my 5 YO asked for seconds and we all finished the leftovers at breakfast so I’d say the substitution was still a success! I’ve been making this for more than 50 years. It has basically the same sauce as the recipe here, just doubled. BTW, what is that pan, cast iron? In fact, I’d already planned to make it tonight. Even the double extra sharp from Trader Joe’s is just barely flavorful to me. I like the richness provided by the cheese but then that’s balanced by the water content in the cauliflower. I also only used about 3/4 t of the dried mustard because we’ve never added any to our mac & cheese, but thought it might be nice with the chickpea flour. Irish/English, I was brought up on this and I was amazed that this was little known in the US. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Thanks Deb! Also, I love you for the defense of British cooking. Salad I just popped it in the oven. Thanks! Looks fabulous! (though he was a good sport and tried the cauliflower cheese, and even took third and fourth bites, so take that as a compliment :)). This sounds so flipping amazing! Cauliflower with cheese sauce is the best, I haven’t had that in eons. I also add some parmesan to the cheese sauce, mainly because we tend to have mild cheddar in the fridge. (but of course, cauliflower kind of has a mind of it’s own when you cut it up.) I am SO excited about this :) I’ve been looking for a good low carb mac and cheese type dish. Okay, real talk – Did Anna eat this? Anytime (which is as often as possible) I prepare vegetables like this, I call it au gratin, and to me that says French, not British. I prepped it all the way to putting it in the baking dish, and then my daughter will bake it herself at dinnertime tonight. Deb, you said use the Harissa on “anything” so I took you at your word and dabbed some on the cauliflower cheese servings. I subbed out some of the cheddar for some gruyere, because that’s what I had in my fridge. I didn’t have dry mustard, so I used 2 Tbsp of strong Dijon. Don’t like the idea of the pork sausages . Do you know what cauliflower cheese really is? I make it into a full meal by adding some cooked pasta before baking. plunks down a dish on the table and someone else (maybe Mr. I miss the pie crust (also I can bribe my kids to try it with crust). Just to clarify, it’s Toad in The Hole. Creamy and smooth and delicious again. *, OMG! And another Brit saying, Hooray for cauliflower cheese! My children discovered that they loved roasted beet salad – won’t describe how ugly it was when we visited a high-end spot at home, and the beet salad was made with pickled beets (not pretty at all). 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. Much less sweet and could be made healthier if you're good at fooling with baking recipes. It certainly is low carb mac+cheese…oh the games we play in our heads. I will say though, if it’s not been said already above, I make a mean “Cauliflower Cheese” which is not this recipe, but a vegan cheese sauce made from cauliflower. Cheese and cauliflower also work well in a soup. :P. Ah how I love cauliflower cheese! How does this keep? Ah, just saw Christine’s comment above about a much shorter baking time — makes total sense to me. I come from the south, where homemade macaroni and cheese is king, but I honestly like this cheese sauce better than the grainy, bland sauce I ate at special events growing up. I’m mostly DF so I feel your pain! Next time I would try baking the cauliflower straight or only parboiling for one minute. 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. You can add another shallot and some thinly sliced mushrooms to the mix, too. In fact it was quite soft after baking it. Low-carb diets are not a new phenomenon. i hate broccoli but boyperson likes it, and sadly he does not like cauliflower. Yous guys are awesome. From my native Scottish food, I think you’d like Aberdeen butteries, potato scones, Empire biscuits made with shortbread, cock-a-leekie soup and cranachan. I’ll definitely have to make it once final season is over :). I have a giant head of cauliflower sitting on my counter to make soup tonight in rainy NYC. Thank you for a new favorite. But, have no doubt we enjoyed it and ate every bit, even our super-picky-I-don’t-like-melted-cheese 11 year old (who also conveniently forgets that there’s melted cheese pizza when he’s busy scarfing it down). And the cheese sauce also works perfectly with Brussels Sprouts… I am glad you enjoyed the food when you were in the UK as we do have some extraordinary food. Any ideas or suggestions to stop this from happening? I used turkey bacon. I am with you on cauliflower pizza. With this recipe you have once again confirmed your place as my favorite person on the internet. Cauliflower, strangely, is one of the only vegetables my diabetic roommate will eat (the other is broccoli cheese fritters, your recipe), so I’m always super excited to see you post another one! I tossed some caramelized leeks into the cauliflower just before pouring on the cheese sauce. I’ll try it another time and pay more attention this time! I learnt a short-cut a few years ago and have made it that way ever since. Thank you! It’s RIDICULOUS. It thickens up a bit faster too if you happen to be in a hurry which I often am. 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. In your broccoli, cheddar and wild rice, the sauce (which is half the quantity of the one here) has an “extra” 2/3 cup broth. As a kid (and at the time not a lover of cauliflower), I thought it was okay but mostly that it gave the macaroni a funny taste. I ask because I prefer my cauliflower not to come out mushy. :). At all. We sauteed some shrimp and put those into the dish with the cauliflower before baking for a sort of easy/cheap lobster mac n cheese equivalent. Add flour and whisk to combine; cook for 1 minute to ensure you get rid of the floury taste. Will edit. Love that it is fairly quick to make. Now Cauliflower cheese used to be a staple when I lived at home in the UK. Rub in fat to the flour/sugar mix. Difficult to get thin, not actually crusty, many problems. We usually eat it without baking it but it sounds good that way. Criminal waste of cauliflower and cheese and time. For cheese I used a combination of what we had on hand- smoked gouda, parmesan, and mozzarella. See more ideas about smitten kitchen, smitten kitchen recipes, recipes. Can this dish be made in advance and reheated and still be yummy? Please, please, please! Protect your waistline, eat healthy, and conform to keto diet guidelines. My son said it was the best thing I’d made in a long time. This is my first post on here after discovering this lovely website. If you were to leave out the bacon to make a veg version, what would you substitute in, or just more sprouts? Wondering if X amount of Vegas would work…. Finally picked up your book. He uses (non-GMO) cornstarch instead of the flour to accommodate the gluten-free crowd, but it is sensational, nonetheless, and there are never any leftovers. a couple minor pantry swaps, but I can see how this would be good with any number of swaps. Does anyone have thoughts on trying to make this in a slow cooker? Pure brilliance, Deb. Made this tonight with some yummy Kerrygold grassfed Dubliner cheese. He said that Emmentaler would also work. Everyone gobbled it up ;) Will be bringing this to Thanksgiving dinner for a lighter option that still satisfies. Good cauliflower cheese is excellent, but a lot of Brits (myself included) are slightly ambivalent about it because it’s a staple of school dinners… served barely warm, congealed and with very little flavor… I’m glad to see it’s getting a rehabiliation! 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. 8 years ago: Cauliflower-Feta Fritters with Pomegranate Add the brussels sprouts, season with salt and pepper and cook, tossing occasionally, until crisp-tender and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. My husband’s favorite dish! But I’d never think of this combination :). Oh my!! 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons (about 155 grams or 5 1/2 ounces total) grated cheddar, the strongest you can get, preferably English or Irish. Fresh Fruit Summer Cake (adapted from Smitten Kitchen's Strawberry cake) More of a coffee cake than regular cake. This was great, my 4 year olds licked the dish clean! Thanks. Mix together the sugar and flour and spice 3. I may make a separate portion for my granddaughter, adding in some pasta shells and cheddar/jack instead of Emmentaler. Rich said you could practically taste the macrame in the dish it was so 1970s. I was glad to see the Barbara Pym reference in the comments. I didn’t add any extra and whisked it like crazy, but it never quite went away. This was fabulous, and I know we’ll enjoy it in its original version as a side dish. Wild, I know. If you want to make an impressive presentation of it for guests, boil the entire head of cauliflower whole (remove the leaves, and put the entire head in a large pot of boiling water, upside down). 12 years ago: Mushroom and Barley Pie, Mustard-Roasted Potatoes and Walnut Tartlets I’m currently eyeing that leftover bunch of kale that is hanging out in the fridge… The frittata also made a great pack ahead lunch for work. It saves a step and dish. Cut into 1 to 2-inch florets. It sounds great, and comforting! I’ve never heard of it but need it in my life, I just know it. The cheese sauce is delicious. I bet it would be great with this recipe! I’m looking forward to trying this recipe! I’m so glad it was a hit. The base is essentially this dish and then she does add a very small amount of pasta. Whoa, I’m going to have to try this.. My normal mac and cheese has cheddar and gruyere in it, I wonder if that mix would work with the cauliflower? The only thing better than cauliflower cheese is cauliflower and broccoli cheese!! Hmmm… maybe if I used cheddar instead. made this tonight with a maple curry glazed pork tenderloin. Staring down outdoor, distanced, small gatherings is easier with ideas for food that aren’t all large communal roasted things…. I bought a head of purple cauliflower and roasted it with olive oil, salt and sprinkled garlic powder after it was done. It was the perfect side dish for a ham steak I had in the fridge, light glazed, and a cooling green salad with a lemon/olive oil dressing. Know what they’re begging you to do? @ESullins, if you read this – I made it and ended up with a watery cauliflower too and I cooked for about 35 minutes because I wanted it browned. I love cheddar beer soup, but this looks kind of fantastic–and was wondering if I could adapt this recipe with half beer half milk, or if that would mess up the consistency of the sauce? This looks awesome. I sooo want to make this, especially after reading all the comments. Another Brit with a cauliflower cheese addiction, usually with pancetta grilled and crumbled on top. The low-carb answer to all your cravings If you’ve never tried spaghetti squash before, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. We excluded the bacon and didn’t have chives. Now, can it be 5 already so I can get home? Also a good French cheese option is a nice Comte instead of Cheddar. The end results were delicious and the leftovers reheated for lunch wonderfully. I don’t know why recipes never mention this – it makes a world of difference. It was really nice. Sorry for the second post! came together perfectly, we used cream and it was extremely worth it. (Also, I’m rushing to the store on my lunch to grab all of these ingredients. I used to buy Canadian Black Diamond Cheddar over there, haven’t tried the Cabot cheese. Gourmet also provided this hint for coring cauliflower: discard the outer leaves, turn the cauliflower stem side up, and cut around the core to remove it. Which actually is a thing made out of cauliflower…but this looks better :). It’s then easier to cut into florets. Ah-mazing. I steam the cauliflower until just short of done, which generally keeps it drier (although I think some caulis are just more watery than others), and then spread over it a mixture of mascarpone cheese, grated cheddar, grainy mustard and pepper. I don’t have Brussels sprouts but I do have a 1/2 head of cabbage. Courtney — It sounds like the cheese split. YES! Sometimes I roast the cauli rather than boiling it first too. So I guess it’s time I spring this one on my unsuspecting husband. My English mum made this every Thursday with crispy roast potatoes and back bacon. Might decide to roast it next time, although honestly, as much as I love a good cheese-sauced anything, for me this was just okay. Even if I keep the temperature super low, like 325. I made this frittata with broccoli and added a salad. its such a comfort food. 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. Cauliflower cheese is also great with roast beef or gammon. It’s been great with parm or goat cheese depending on what we had. Would switch to this recipe if I had the correct cheese, only have the extra sharp cracker barrel, but putting on my to-make list asap. Can I just plop some dijon in and call it even? with the potatoes. Will definitely make this again – thank you! Thanks Deb, this recipe rules. I definitely think it could. The first time I made this, had to go excavate some chives from our snowy yard, but that was easy. Brilliant! Mixed in with the cauliflower under the cheese? I make this dish all the time. Wow, I was thinking exactly what you said I was. Come on, lady-I’m pretty sure you could concoct a version that would make a believer out of us all. Excellent! Add some breadcrumbs for golden crunch. as long as it tastes more like cheese than cauliflower i am on board! Your sauce sounds even better. This dish looks amazing! It was delish! One of the dishes I miss most from home! This reminds me of Wallace and Gromit, cauli and cheeeeese! I love eatting it but rarely buy it. I bit of online research via Chowhound said recipes using exclusively cheddar will nearly always separate to some degree, and that cheddar should be supplemented with gruyere, fontina, and other nice, melty cheeses. Nthing the British cooking celebration — I lived in Brighton for six months, long ago, and found the cuisine excellent wherever I traveled through the U.K. and Ireland. I loved you already, forever and always, but you’ve truly outdone yourself, here. Thank you for another great recipe Deb. We are avoiding dairy at home, right now, so I may have to make it to take to Thanksgiving Dinner with the Michigan relatives, since there were so many comments about it being a holiday staple. Many cooks are now recommending roasting the veg rather than boiling or steaming before baking with the cheese sauce. Used rice flour, sautéed bacon, and sautéed mushrooms in the bacon fat. Gorgeous. I don’t really love cauliflower if I’m honest, but I’m telling you, cauliflower cheese is the way to go. Have been a long time reader and a big fan.