Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cauliflower with White Sauce and Cheese

This is a rather simple but very delicious recipe for cauliflower.  Many people dislike cauliflower for its mushy texture and bland taste, but the combination with the white sauce and cheese give it a delicate combination of flavors that go well with almost any main dish.


  • 1 whole cauliflower
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1 Tbs. flour
  • 1 cup milk (approximate)
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt & pepper to taste

  1. Clean the leaves and excess stem (and any brown spots) off of the cauliflower, and place in a steamer basket inside a pot slightly larger than the cauliflower, but which will allow room for the lid to close completely.
  2. Cook the cauliflower on medium heat until tender (but not mushy) all the way through.  Don't be afraid to spear it with a for to check if it is done all the way through; any marks will be covered by the white sauce.
  3. When the cauliflower is almost done, make a Simple Rue with milk. Salt and pepper to taste, but keep in mind it should not be an overwhelming flavor; most flavor should come from the cheese.
  4. Remove cauliflower carefully from the pot (two forks to spear it and hold it, one on either side, works well) and place, whole, in a bowl or plate with enough room for a little excess sauce.
  5. Pour the thickened white sauce over the cauliflower slowly, making sure to coat the entire head.  Sprinkle with the cheese and serve.

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