Today, I’m going to share with you one of my favorite recipes from the UK’s most beloved chef, Mary Berry. It’s a simple and delicious cauliflower cheese dish that is perfect for a cozy and comforting meal.
What is cauliflower cheese?
Cauliflower cheese is a classic British dish that consists of cooked cauliflower florets covered in a creamy cheese sauce and baked until golden and bubbly. It can be served as a main course or as a side dish to accompany a roast or other meat dishes. It’s also a great way to use up any leftover cauliflower or cheese that you have in your fridge.
Cauliflower cheese is one of Mary Berry’s signature dishes, and she has shared several variations of it over the years. In this article, I’m going to show you how to make her basic cauliflower cheese recipe, as well as some tips and tricks to make it even more delicious.
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Mary Berry’s cauliflower cheese Ingredients
To make Mary Berry’s cauliflower cheese, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 large cauliflower (leaves removed), cut into pieces
- 500ml milk
- 4 tbsp flour
- 50g butter
- 100g strong cheddar, grated
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions to Make Mary Berry Cauliflower Cheese
The steps are as follows:
- Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas mark 7 and lightly grease an ovenproof baking dish.
- Wash the cauliflower and break it into small florets. Boil them in a large saucepan of salted water for about 15 minutes, or until they are tender but still firm. Drain them well and arrange them in the prepared baking dish.
- To make the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly, to form a smooth paste. Gradually whisk in the milk, a little at a time, until you have a smooth and thick sauce. Season with salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices you like.
- Stir in three-quarters of the grated cheese and mix well. Pour the sauce evenly over the cauliflower, making sure to cover all the florets.
- Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and golden.
- Enjoy your cauliflower cheese while it’s hot and bubbly.
How to customize your Mary Berry Cauliflower Cheese
One of the best things about cauliflower cheese is that you can easily customize it to suit your preferences and what you have on hand. Here are some ideas to make your cauliflower cheese more interesting:
- Add some cooked bacon, ham, or chicken pieces to the cauliflower before adding the sauce for some extra protein and flavor.
- Add some broccoli, carrots, peas, or other vegetables to the cauliflower for some extra color and nutrition.
- Add some mustard, nutmeg, garlic, or onion powder to the cheese sauce for some extra kick.
- Use different types of cheese, such as gruyere, parmesan, mozzarella, or blue cheese, for some extra variety and richness.
- Sprinkle some breadcrumbs, chopped nuts, or seeds on top of the cheese for some extra crunch.
Why you should try Mary Berry’s cauliflower cheese
Mary Berry’s cauliflower cheese is a simple and satisfying dish that anyone can make and enjoy. It’s also a great way to use up any leftover ingredients that you have in your kitchen. Here are some of the benefits of making this dish:
- It’s easy and quick to make. You only need a few basic ingredients and one baking dish to make this dish. You can also prepare it ahead of time and reheat it when you’re ready to serve.
- It’s versatile and adaptable. You can easily adjust the recipe to suit your taste buds and dietary needs. You can also serve it as a main course or as a side dish depending on how hungry you are.
- It’s comforting and delicious. There’s nothing like a warm and cheesy dish to make you feel cozy and happy. The cauliflower is soft and tender, while the cheese sauce is creamy and flavorful.
Here are some frequently asked questions about Mary Berry’s cauliflower cheese:
Can I freeze cauliflower cheese?
Yes, you can freeze cauliflower cheese for up to three months. Make sure to let it cool completely before wrapping it tightly in foil or plastic wrap and storing it in a freezer-safe container. To reheat, thaw it overnight in the fridge and bake it in the oven until hot and bubbly.
Can I make cauliflower cheese in the microwave?
Yes, you can make cauliflower cheese in the microwave if you’re short on time or don’t have an oven. You can cook the cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl with some water for about 10 minutes, or until tender. Then, you can make the cheese sauce in another microwave-safe bowl by melting the butter, whisking in the flour and milk, and stirring in the cheese. You can then pour the sauce over the cauliflower and microwave it for another 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
Can I make cauliflower cheese vegan?
Yes, you can make cauliflower cheese vegan by using plant-based alternatives for the dairy products. You can use vegan butter, flour, and milk to make the sauce, and vegan cheese to sprinkle on top. You can also add some nutritional yeast, lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar to the sauce for some extra tanginess and cheesiness.
Can I make cauliflower cheese gluten-free?
Yes, you can make cauliflower cheese gluten-free by using gluten-free alternatives for the flour. You can use cornstarch, rice flour, or almond flour to thicken the sauce. You can also use gluten-free breadcrumbs, nuts, or seeds to top the dish.
Can I make cauliflower cheese keto-friendly?
Yes, you can make cauliflower cheese keto-friendly by using low-carb alternatives for the flour and milk. You can use almond flour, coconut flour, or xanthan gum to thicken the sauce. You can also use heavy cream, almond milk, or coconut milk to make the sauce. You can also use more cheese and less cauliflower to increase the fat and protein content of the dish.
Mary Berry’s cauliflower cheese is one of my favorite recipes from her cookbook collection. It’s a simple and delicious dish that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight meal or a cozy Sunday roast accompaniment, this dish will not disappoint you.
I hope you enjoyed this article and learned something new about this classic British dish. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. I’d love to hear from you.