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I’ve been making this easy Creamy Cauliflower Cheese Bake as a dinner side dish for years.
My British mum used to make it when I was a child and still makes it when I visit home.
Although I enjoyed hanging out with my father in the garage, “fixing” things but also hung out with my mum and cooking.
Now, you know who taught me to cook and why I enjoy cooking and creating recipes.
I hope you enjoy this simple creamy cauliflower cheese bake side dish with your family.
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Memories Of Cauliflower Cheese Bake
I remember the smell of the house when this Cauliflower bake was in the oven.
The pungent smell of the strong cheese would make your mouth water.
Who doesn’t like cheese, right?
Some people can’t eat cheese, and I would be heartbroken, as cheese does make everything better.
I’m not a fan of cheese whiz, so I would never buy that, although some people don’t mind the taste.
Besides the cheese cost, this is a frugal side dish that is elegant enough to be served at any gathering.
Traditional British Cauliflower Cheese Bake
Believe it or not, Mrs. CBB has never had a Cauliflower Cheese Bake.
It was my turn to whip up another traditional British family recipe in our Canadian home.
Technically you could substitute the cauliflower if you didn’t like it and make a cheesy broccoli bake or cheesy potato bake.
Make a cheesy broccoli potato bake, and add some bacon to jazz it up.
You can mix and match all sorts as long as you can make the cheesy sauce.
Canadians Love Casseroles
Although interchangeable, you can call this a casserole instead of a bake.
Some of my Facebook fans know I laugh when they post that they’ve made a casserole for dinner.
Since I moved to Canada and asked, “What’s for Dinner” on my Facebook page, there will be a casserole.
I’ve officially renamed them CASAROLL “Eh,” to feed the Canadians of this country.
Mrs. CBB, like myself, loves cheese, but she “really” loves it.
If you let her, she can pack chunks of Parmigiano cheese on crackers, so I have to lock the cheese drawer. Haha, I was kidding.
Types Of Cheese
I used an old cheddar cheese from the Zehrs deli for this recipe.
However, I would suggest you get a strong cheese like an extra-old cheddar or a strong Asiago, or both is better.
If you prefer pizza mozzarella, add it to the old cheddar cheese.
Whatever cheeses melt and you will make this dish tasty for you.
On top, I sprinkle real Parmigiano Reggiano, but it must be real cheese from Italy.
It’s worth it, and a little bit goes a long way.
I don’t find cheese in Canada as strong, especially cheaper brands such as Black Diamond.
However, I do find the lactose-free bar cheeses to have a richer old-cheddar flavor.
Use that instead if you can fit a pricier cheese in your grocery budget.
Cauliflower Cheese Bake Side-Dish
Last night we made the Creamy Cauliflower Cheese Bake with baked breaded pork chops and fennel fruit salad with a ginger-lime dressing.
We’ve also served this with homemade sloppy joes for an easy weeknight meal.
Cauliflower Cheese bake is an easy holiday recipe that you can make for Christmas, Easter, or any special occasion.
If you are like some people who have no idea what to do with cauliflower except to dip it, add it to a salad, or steam it, check this recipe out.
Discussion: What other types of bakes or casserole CASAROLL “Eh” do you make?
Tools Needed For Recipe
- Baking Pan/sheet
- 8×11 cm deep casserole dish
- Pots for boiling
- Measuring cups
- Cutting board
- Large Serving Spoon
- Cheese grater
How To Make Cauliflower Cheese Bake Recipe
- Yield: 4-6 servings
- Time: Prep for 20 minutes, Bake for 30 minutes
- Oven Temp: 350 degrees
- One large head of cauliflower
- 1/4 cup of flour
- 1/4 cup of butter
- 2 cups of 2% milk
- 1 cup of old or extra old cheddar or Asiago
- 1/2 cup grated fresh Parmigiano regianno
- One teaspoon of salt for boiling water
- 1 teaspoon salt for the cheese sauce
- Cut the cauliflower into florets and put them in a pot of salted boiling water until tender but not mushy; drain.
- Pour the drained cauliflower florets into an 8x11cm casserole dish.
- In a medium-sized pot, melt your butter, and stir until it is completely melted.
- Add the flour and stir; you are making a rue.
- Pour in the milk and stir until creamy.
- Add the cheese and salt, then stir until creamy.
- Pour over the top of the cauliflower florets.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the peaks are golden.
- Take out of the oven and sprinkle with Parmigiano Regianno cheese.
- Put back into the oven under broil for 3 minutes to melt the cheese and brown.
- Let sit for 5 minutes, then serve.