Thursday, 15 November 2012

I Don’t Know How To Make Cauliflower Cheese.

I really don’t, never cooked it and never buy cauliflower as it is just too big a vegetable when you are only cooking for one.

However, my parents went on holiday early this week, and Mum very kindly emptied her perishables into a bag for me.

I picked up a huge cauliflower.

Not every having made cauliflower cheese before I checked a few online recipes.  I did seem to remember my Mummy used to make it as a main course when I was knee high to a grasshopper.

It is lovely to have the luxury of following a recipe. However, with supplies limited I decided to make it up as I went along.

You can all send me your thoughts on what I did wrong.

First I cut the cauliflower into hefty florets and gave them a wash. I then put them into a pan of boiling salted water and left them to cook whilst plumbing cupboards and the fridge for additional ingredients to bulk it up.

So I fried the one red onion I had left with two chopped sticks of rather bendy looking celery and a teaspoon of garlic granules.

I left that to cool and hard boiled 4 eggs (another freebie from Mum's fridge) whilst making a cheese sauce.

Once everything was ready I assembled the cauliflower in a pie dish arranging the quartered eggs in between with the onion and celery over the top. It still looked a little bare, so a tin of tuna and a tin of sweetcorn got dumped in too.

I then covered the lot with the cheese sauce, some bread crumbs over the top and then more cheese.

I then baked the lot for 20 mins at 200. It was sooooo yummy. And by my reckoning should last 4 meals.

This is my favourite type of cooking, the “Ah Hell, Give It A Go Abigail” school of cuisine.

Plus apart from the milk I picked up yesterday, I still have not been back to the supermarket this month.

Frugally yours


  1. Well, that is certainly an alternative to regular cauliflower cheese. If you enjoyed it, you did nothing wrong. When we make it we use only cauliflower (or broccoli) and cheese sauce. If we have breadcrumbs we scatter those on top plus some more cheese. DB hates cauliflower so half goes one side of the dish and he has his sauce with pasta and vegetables. We use frozen cauliflower, but it is nicer with fresh.

  2. I don't know it this qualifies as a cheese bake, but this is a very yummy simple recipe for using up Cauliflower.

    What You Need
    1/2 cup Miracle Whip Dressing
    1 cup milk
    6 cups fresh cauliflower florets lightly steamed
    1 pkg. (120 g) Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Chicken
    1-1/2 cups Kraft Old Cheddar Shredded Cheese

    HEAT oven to 350ºF.

    MIX dressing and milk in large bowl. Add remaining ingredients; toss to coat.

    SPOON into 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

    BAKE 25 to 30 min. or until cauliflower is heated through and lightly browned.


    1. Hi Tracey, Thanks for responding. What is miracle whip dressing? Is it like Mayonnaise? As this sounds very interesting! Abigail

  3. As far as I'm concerned, cauliflower was only put on this earth as a vehicle for cheese sauce ;-)

  4. That sounds quite good actually.

    I normally just steam the cauliflower and some onion, make a cheese sauce (sometimes adding a tiny bit of bacon or ham), and mix it all together. Top with bread crumbs and bake.


I really love reading all comments. So please tell me what you think. Abigail