Cheesy Cauliflower Bake/Cauliflower Cheese is one of our favourite sides. In this recipe, cauliflower is cooked in butter with garlic, cayenne and smoked paprika and then roasted in the oven with double cream and cheese.
Cheesy Cauliflower Bake
Cauliflower Cheese is the side that everyone loves. Not even just as a side. As the main. It’s that good.
I make it quite a lot. It started when my brother was on Keto and was desperate for a meat free meal.
I made 2 dishes of this Cauliflower Cheese and went down the next morning to find that the whole lot had gone. I was as surprised as he was!
This version of Cauliflower Cheese is different to other versions in that the cauliflower is sliced finely (usually broken off into florets and then baked or boiled) and par cooked on the hob in butter first.
Next Cream is added to the cauliflower (usually there is a béchamel sauce), then it is topped with cheese and baked till it is deliciously golden brown.
How do you make Cheesy Cauliflower Bake?
Cheesy Cauliflower Bake is simply roasted cauliflower, covered in cream, topped with cheese and then baked.
Roasting the cauliflower before baking enhances the flavour and makes it so much more delicious then using steamed or boiled cauliflower.
There should be no water left in the pan!
What Cheese is best for Cheesy Cauliflower Bake?
I love strong cheese in this recipe or a mixture of a few cheeses. My recommendations are Manchego, Red Leicester, Mature cheddar, Gruyère and Parmesan.
- Roasted Veggies such as Roast Vegetables with Feta and Pine Nuts, Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries.
- As a side to any Meat or Fish dish such as Buttermilk Roast Chicken, Spiced Baked Buttermilk Chicken, Salmon and Vegetable Traybake with Coconut Rice, One Tray Greek Chicken and Potatoes, Chicken and Rice One Pot.
- With baked Potatoes such as this Sweet Potato.
Assemble a day ahead and then bake as per instructions below. (Keep in the fridge overnight).