Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cauliflower Cheese

Craving Mac-N-Cheese once too often, I decided to make a cheesy cauliflower dish to keep my refined wheat intake in check. Little did I know, it’s a traditional British dish.

1 large Cauliflower
300ml (½ pint) nonfat milk
110g (4oz) gouda cheese
3 tbsp Plain Flour
50g (2oz) oil
25g (1oz) Fresh Breadcrumbs
1½ tsp Mustard
Salt & Black Pepper

  1. Trim the cauliflower boil in salted water for 5 minutes or until just tender.
  2. Drain and place in a flameproof dish.
  3. Add the milk, flour and butter to a saucepan.
  4. Heat, stirring continuously until the sauce thickens, boils and is smooth.
  5. Allow to simmer for a further 2 minutes.
  6. Add three-quarters of the grated cheese, mustard, a pinch of nutmeg and seasoning.
  7. Cook for further minute stirring well.
  8. Pour the sauce over the cauliflower.
  9. Mix the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs together, sprinkle over the top.
  10. Place under a hot grill until golden brown.
    Serve immediately.

Comments: This is no mac-and-cheese, but it’s not a bad healthier fix. I actually felt full after a bowl, rather than ready for more like I usually feel after pasta dishes. I added hot pepper to it, as I usually do in homemade mac-and-cheese and I added spinach, since I had it and it seemed like a good add. I also made some tweaks to the original recipe from the start. Next time, I’d chop the cauliflower smaller, as the bigger pieces were distracting. Otherwise, it was a success!

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