A classic heartwarming English dish served as a side for 4 or main with potatoes or bread for 2.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower; cover the saucepan with a lid and steam cauliflower until tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

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  • Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Whisk flour into melted butter; cook, stirring constantly until raw flour taste cooks off and mixture darkens, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Gradually whisk milk into butter mixture; cook, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens, about 8 minutes. Remove pot from heat; stir in Cheddar cheese. Season sauce with salt and white pepper.

  • Stir steamed cauliflower into cheese sauce; season with salt and white pepper.

Cook's Note:

For a richer dish, replace 2 tablespoons of the milk with heavy whipping cream. Breadcrumbs mixed with more grated cheese put on top of the dish and grilled until crispy makes this more of a treat.

Nutrition Facts

634 calories; protein 26.6g 53% DV; carbohydrates 37.3g 12% DV; fat 43.9g 68% DV; cholesterol 129.4mg 43% DV; sodium 719mg 29% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2016
Add the Panko bread crumbs and put under the broiler to brown. Absolutely delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/10/2016
I grew up eating CC in the UK and I occasionally get a hankering for it. This recipe is just ok imo. I found the sauce to be a little on the thick side and not nearly cheesy enough. Also there really wasn't enough of it to smother a decent-sized head of cauli. I added more milk and extra sharp Cheddar and also a bit of Coleman's mustard. Didn't have a lot of breadcrumbs so I made up the difference with Panko - worked well. Served it with British-style sausages. Fab! Read More
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2016
Add the Panko bread crumbs and put under the broiler to brown. Absolutely delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/03/2017
We enjoyed it more than plain cauliflower for sure! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2017
I made this and was very good except next time make hall of the sauce. Was to much for one head of cauliflower. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/10/2016
I grew up eating CC in the UK and I occasionally get a hankering for it. This recipe is just ok imo. I found the sauce to be a little on the thick side and not nearly cheesy enough. Also there really wasn't enough of it to smother a decent-sized head of cauli. I added more milk and extra sharp Cheddar and also a bit of Coleman's mustard. Didn't have a lot of breadcrumbs so I made up the difference with Panko - worked well. Served it with British-style sausages. Fab! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2020
Yummy but there was more cheese sauce than I needed. I am going to use the rest make mac & cheese! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/01/2014
This resulted in a really thick and rather flavorless cheese sauce. Next time I will add extra cheese and thin a bit with milk. A good base for cheese sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2019
Just an all around great side dish. Really enjoyed it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2019
Simply a great cauliflower classic! Read More