Cauliflower Bake

When one accidently forgets the cauliflower in the fridge and buys another there are two options, 1 – roasted cauliflower with cumin and 2 – cauliflower bake. This time I opted to make cauliflower bake.

To make this dish you will need cauliflower, white (or béchamel) sauce and cheese.

Start by making the white sauce. Melt 40g of butter in a saucepan, add 40g of flour and a pinch of salt, cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add 2 cups of milk and whisk until the mixture is lump free and thickens.

Lazy person tip: Use a stick blender to get your white sauce lump free.01 white sauceNext, prepare the cauliflower. I used half of a large cauliflower in this bake and opted for the lazy preparation method of using the microwave.

Break off the cauliflower florets and place on a plate with a tablespoon of water. Cover the plate with cling film (cling wrap, glad wrap whatever your preferred term is) and microwave at 70% for five minutes. You are aiming for somewhere between par-cooked and al dente. Obliviously, if you’re making a smaller batch it won’t take as long to cook.

02 cauliflowerGreat some cheese and then you are ready to assemble. Put a layer of cauliflower in an ovenproof dish, cover with white sauce and top with cheese. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius until the cheese is golden.

03 done pic pageI made this dish recently when I had friends over for dinner. We also enjoyed a veggie roulade of wilted spinach, grilled eggplant and roasted pumpkin; mini stuffed potatoes and garlic green beans.

04 tableIngredients: half a large cauliflower, 2 cups white sauce (40g flour, 40g butter, 2 cups milk, pinch salt), cheese

Equipment: chopping board, knife, plate, microwave, saucepan, whisk, ovenproof dish, oven

Steps:

  1. White sauce: melt 40g butter in a saucepan, add 40g flour and salt and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, add milk and whisk until the mixture thickens
  2. Cauliflower: break off the cauliflower florets, place on a plate with 1T water, cover and microwave at 70% for five minutes until al dente
  3. Put a single layer of cauliflower in an ovenproof dish, cover with white sauce, top with cheese and bake at 180 degrees Celsius until the cheese is golden.
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4 comments

  1. Because I am super lazy I make my white sauce in the microwave (saves lumps) I just add the milk in 2-3 lots stirring until the consistency is correct. Love this dish and I also add broccoli if I have it in the fridge.

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