Bronwen is interested in food, diet, and creating recipes, as she has prepared family meals and organised church and home functions.
This easy-to-prepare cauliflower cheese casserole is a great stand-by. It is quite versatile and can be used as a main dish or a side dish. It makes a useful, tasty dish that is not difficult to prepare and is usually acceptable to the children in the family as well as the adults.
The cauliflower cheese casserole can be prepared beforehand and stored in the freezer in one of two ways.
- It can be cooked without browning the cheese topping, frozen, heated when required, and the cheese browned.
- It can be stored when assembled and later cooked in the oven.
Note: It does take a while to thaw unless you do that in the microwave oven.
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Serves three to four as a main dish
- 400 g ( 14 oz.) cauliflower, broken into florets
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 100 g (4 oz) lean bacon, chopped, but not too small
- 2 tablespoons cornflour
- 2 cups skim milk
- 1 cup low-fat cheese, grated
- 2 sprigs parsley, roughly chopped
- 2 small sprigs marjoram, chopped
- white pepper
- Preheat the oven to about 370 deg. F. Even around 200 deg. C is fine, as the cheese needs to brown.
- Drop the cauliflower florets into a pot of boiling water, bring back to the boil and part cook for about five minutes. Drain and place in casserole dish.
- Mix the cornflour with a little of the milk until there are no lumps. Add the rest of the milk and set aside.
- Heat the oil in the pot, add the chopped bacon and cook for about three minutes. Add the liquid and stir while bringing it to the boil. Continue to stir until the mixture thickens.
- Drop into the mixture half the grated cheese, the chopped parsley and the marjoram. Add pepper to taste. Add salt if desired.
- Pour the mixture over the cauliflower. Top with the remaining cheese and put the casserole in the oven.
- Cook for about 20 minutes or until the cheese begins to brown. Best served hot.
- Fresh ingredients are best, so choose a tight, white cauliflower with crisp green leaves. Better still, try growing cauliflowers yourself and then you can be certain that they are organic and fresh.
- Powdered skim milk can be used. Make it up to the correct quantity.
- If possible, use your own homegrown herbs, especially if you grow organically. Pick just before preparing them for the recipe.
- Butter is delicious if substituted for the oil, but it's not always the healthy option.
- Use white pepper for lighter-coloured meals; black for darker meals.
Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on February 06, 2013:
mary615: I think it is - I love it, so I hope you do too. Thank you for your vote.
Mary Hyatt from Florida on February 05, 2013:
Well, this recipe sounds really good. My Mother used to make something similar, and I haven't thought of it in years.
I'll give this a try......voted UP, and will share.
Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on November 13, 2012:
AudreyHowitt: I wonder if you've tried it by now and if you enjoyed it.
KerryAnita: Enjoy! And thank you for your comments.
KerryAnita from Satellite Beach, Florida on November 12, 2012:
Wow! This looks really good! I love cauliflower, but am lacking a lot of good recipes that utilize it. I will have to try this, thanks for sharing:)
Audrey Howitt from California on October 26, 2012:
Hi Blossom! This looks tasty! I love cauliflower and am always looking for new ways to serve it--I will give this a try!
Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on October 23, 2012:
Thank you for your lovely comments. It's a healthy dish, does not take too long to make, tastes good and is not too strongly flavoured so the kids usually enjoy it, too. It looks good and tastes good too.
Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on October 23, 2012:
I have to try this. I am always looking for ways to make cauliflower.
Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on October 22, 2012:
I shall definitely make this!
Dianna Mendez on October 21, 2012:
Thanks for the new way of serving cauliflower. My hubby loves this veggie. I have to admit that I do not serve it as often as I should. Your recipe will help us to both enjoy it. Looks very good in the photo you posted.
Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on October 21, 2012:
RASO: Thank you, and it's easy, too.
writer20: Cauliflowers are 'in' here at the moment, so they're lovely and fresh - economical, too.
shiningirisheyes: Enjoy it!
billy buc: I hope Bev makes it and that you enjoy it, although it's not difficult, so perhaps you could try doing it for a surprise!
Jackie Lynnley: Cauliflower is great raw, especially at the moment here when they are so lovely and fresh. Hope you enjoy the recipe, too.
LA Elsen: It is a healthy dish and tasty, too.
Frank Atanacio: Thanks for the amazing rating.
kashmir56: It is yummy. Thanks for sharing.
Genna East: I'm glad you enjoyed it.
mours sshields: Tastes good too. Thanks, Marcia.
mours sshields from Elwood, Indiana on October 20, 2012:
Looks and sounds good! Thanks for sharing this!
Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on October 20, 2012:
Thank you for this delicious recipe, Blossom; and thank you, Kash for sharing! :-)
Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on October 20, 2012:
Great and interesting cauliflower recipe......sounds yummy !
Vote up and more !!! SHARING !
Frank Atanacio from Shelton on October 20, 2012:
blossoms another very good useful recipe rated it a full five :) Frank
LA Elsen from Chicago, IL on October 19, 2012:
Wow. This looks like I have found away to feed cauliflower to my husband. It is so healthy and your recipe looks yummy. Thanks for sharing.
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 19, 2012:
That sounds and looks delicious. I love cauliflower and have never had it with cheese except raw dipped in mexican cheese. This is a must do. Thank you!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 19, 2012:
I know this may sound strange, but I have never heard of cauliflower cheese.....I am bookmarking this and Bev and I will try it soon. Thanks for the great recipe!
Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on October 19, 2012:
I am the only one in my family who enjoys anything containing cauliflower and that's OK because it means more for me. Great sauce recipe.
Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on October 19, 2012:
I haven't had cauliflower cheese in years, thanks for putting it on.
Voted up useful and very Interesting, Joyce.
RASO from Slovenia on October 19, 2012:
Great and easy to do, I have tried different ways of doing cheese sauce but this is very thick and yummy every time.