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Cheddar Cauliflower Cheese

Annette Zito, KitchAnnette™
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr


  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1-1/4 cup milk
  • 12 oz white English cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp + 3.5 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1-1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp pepper


  • Steam cauliflower for 10-15 minutes or until just tender. Use 1 tbsp butter to grease oven-proof baking dish and place cauliflower in it. Set aside.
  • Add remaining butter and flour to a saucepan over medium heat and whisk constantly until blended. Pour in milk and whisk continuously until it is fully incorporated then let it simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in three-quarters of the grated cheese, mustard, nutmeg, thyme, salt and pepper and cook until smooth. Pour evenly over the cauliflower.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese and breadcrumbs evenly over the top.
  • Bake at 450° for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling. Serve immediately.