Cauliflower in Cheese Sauce
Cuisine: Southern
  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • For the sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. mustard powder
  • grating of fresh nutmeg
  • 1 crushed clove of garlic
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup cream
  • ½ cup grated cheese
  • ½ cup grated cheese for the topping
  1. For the Cauliflower:
  2. Cut up and boil or steam. Cook the larger pieces for a couple of minutes before adding the smaller ones so all will be cooked the same. This should be about 7 to 10 minutes but watch carefully. They should be just slightly under cooked. A fork should be able to pierce them but there should be some resistance.
  3. Drain for 15 minutes in colander. This is key. You want all the steam to evaporate & all the water to drain off.
  4. For the sauce:
  5. Melt the butter in a sauce pan.
  6. Whisk in the flour, salt, mustard, cayenne and garlic & cook for a minute over medium heat.
  7. Slowly add the chicken broth & cream & cook until thickened.
  8. Add the cheese & remove garlic.
  9. Assembly:
  10. Place the large pieces of cauliflower in a shallow baking dish and fill in the holes with the smaller pieces.
  11. Spoon the sauce over it & top with cheese, some paprika and some fresh ground black pepper.
  12. Run under the broiler until browned.
You may use 1¼ cups of milk for the sauce.
Recipe by The FrangloSaxon Cooks at