cauliflower cheese roast dinner sides

Roasted Cauliflower Cheese

It was @chefthombateman who shared his cauli cheese recipe a while back and when I saw he roasted his cauliflower first I honestly was like WHY HAVE I NOT DONE THIS BEFORE… it’s so obvious, yet clearly eluded me 🙈🤦🏻‍♀️ ⁣⁣

Small steps like this that can make a massive difference when cooking. It’s why I love that our cooking education truly does never end; I’m always learning, always developing and always eating 🤣⁣⁣

cauliflower cheese roast dinner sides

Roasted Cauliflower Cheese

If you like my previous cauliflower cheese recipe then feel free to keep the other ingredients in, but ROAST YOUR CAULIFLOWER FIRST – you won’t regret it! ⁣
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cuisine British
Servings 4 people
Calories 669 kcal


  • 2 x cauliflower ⁣
  • 90 g salted butter ⁣
  • 80 g plain flour ⁣
  • 700 ml whole milk⁣
  • 250-275 g extra mature cheddar cheese⁣
  • parmesan optional ⁣
  • garlic optional ⁣
  • mustard optional ⁣
  • cloves optional – ensure you remove these before baking in the oven


  • Pre heat oven to 180C fan ⁣
  • Break up cauliflower head into florets and place in lined baking tray with oil, salt & pepper ⁣
  • Roast raw cauliflower in oven for 30 mins ⁣
  • Melt butter in pot, add flour and mix to make a roux – cook for approx 1 minute on medium heat (add extra ingredients at this stage if you want them) ⁣
  • Start adding milk, a little at a time, whilst whisking to start to thicken the sauce ⁣
  • Once all the milk has been added and you have a white sauce, add grated cheddar cheese ⁣
  • Add cauliflower to cheese sauce, mix through and transfer into oven proof dish for baking when ready to serve (it can be refrigerated at this stage for 2-3 days)⁣
  • When ready to serve – place in oven at 200 degrees for 30-40 minutes ⁣


Serving: 1gCalories: 669kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 28gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 27gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 709mgPotassium: 1205mgFiber: 6gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 1481IUVitamin C: 139mgCalcium: 736mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Cauliflower Cheese, Extra Mature Cheddar Cheese, Roast Dinner Side, Roasted Cauliflower
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