Oven Roasted Cauliflower Cheese

This super simple oven roasted cauliflower cheese will transform your Sunday Roast or Roast Dinner with the subtle hint of nutmeg and cloves.

It’s an essential part of any roast dinner, and I know my Sunday Dinner loving friend, Jess of Just Jess Food would agree!

If you’re looking for other side dishes, why not try my Honey Orange Roast Carrots & Parsnips?

Roast Your Cauliflower!

It was Chef Thom Bateman who shared a recipe on his Instagram where he roasted his cauliflower and I have not looked back since! The flavour of the cauliflower is increased tenfold with a simple exchange of cooking method. 

Roasting brings out a caramelised nuttiness, whereas boiling would simply dilute down the natural flavours of this glorious, white root vegetable. 

Small steps like this that can make a massive difference when cooking. Our cooking education never truly ends; always learning, always developing and always eating!

Why I Love It:

Super simple and easy to make!

Beats store or shop bought cauliflower cheese without trying

Is a great way to use up milk that are getting close to it’s best before date.

Suitable for the whole family:

Suitable from approx. 6 months old with some substitutions and considerations:

Use unsalted butter to reduce salt content.

Ensure cauliflower is soft enough to be ‘squashed’ between thumb and forefinger if BLW. 

Ensure dairy and wheat allergens have been tested. 

Ingredients 

Cauliflower: the 1kg weight is approximate as obviously cauliflowers vary in size and weight. However, 2 whole cauliflowers should be sufficient to make the dish, so stick with that as a guide.

Butter: I prefer to use salted butter as it seasons the dish from the beginning but if you’d prefer to control salt content (if also serving to a baby) then use unsalted butter and add salt as necessary to portions later on.

Flour: plain flour / all purpose flour 

Cloves: an optional aromatic/flavouring, but make sure to remove from the cheese sauce before adding in the roasted cauliflower and baking in the oven.

Nutmeg: an optional aromatic/flavouring

Other optional aromatic/flavourings are garlic or mustard

Milk: it’s best to use whole (full fat) milk if you can, but semi-skimmed will work as well. Low fat milks are thinner so many affect the consistency of the sauce slightly.

Cheddar Cheese: I personally use extra mature cheddar as it has the strongest flavour, but you can use Mature Cheddar if you like a milder taste. 

Parmesan: or more specifically, Parmigiano Reggiano (which is the full, legally protected name of the true italian cheese, which is what I use). Grand Padano is a suitable alternative.

How To Make Oven Roasted Cauliflower Cheese

Preheat oven to 180C fan⁣ / 200C conventional. Break up 1 kg cauliflower into florets and place in a lined baking tray with oil, salt & white pepper.

Roast raw cauliflower in the oven for 30 mins.

Melt 90g of salted butter in a pot.

Then add in 5 cloves and 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, stir to combine.

Add 80 g plain flour and mix to make a roux. Cook for approx 1 minute on medium heat to remove the floury taste from the roux.

Start adding 700 ml whole milk⁣, a little at a time, whilst whisking to start to thicken the sauce .

Once the sauce has thickened and you have a smooth white sauce, ensure you remove the cloves.

Next, add 260 g extra mature cheddar cheese⁣ ⁣(grated).

Add roasted cauliflower to cheese sauce, mix through and transfer into an oven proof dish for baking. 

Sprinkle 50 g parmesan on top.

Increase oven temperature to  200C fan⁣ / 220C conventional. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes then serve when piping hot. 

FAQs

Do I need to use cloves and nutmeg?

They aren’t required, so leave them out if you don’t have them available. You could add garlic or mustard if you want to add a little more flavour. 

Storage + Preparation

If preparing in advance, I would suggest that you could roast the cauliflower and make the sauce in advance, then refrigerate it. 

It can be refrigerated at this stage for 2-3 days.

Then, when you are ready to cook and serve – simply roast in the oven for the final step as per the recipe, but extend the cook time by 15 minutes (as you will be cooking the dish from cold instead of warm). 

I personally wouldn’t recommend re-heating in the microwave as the sauce can split slightly. So if you need to re-heat, either stick back in the oven or heat on the hob in a pot

And finally …

If you have any questions, or want to tell me what you think of my recipe, then leave a comment below!

If you like this recipe and are looking for more side dishes, then why not try my Honey Orange Roast Carrots & Parsnips?

Oven Roasted Cauliflower Cheese

A game changer folks … ROAST YOUR CAULIFLOWER FIRST – you won’t regret it! ⁣
No ratings yet
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cuisine British
Servings 8 people
Calories 361 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kg cauliflower 2 whole cauliflower (approx)
  • 90 g salted butter
  • 80 g plain flour
  • 5 cloves ensure you remove before adding cheese to sauce and baking in oven
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 700 ml whole milk⁣
  • 260 g extra mature cheddar cheese⁣
  • 50 g parmesan

Instructions
 

  • Pre heat oven to 180C fan⁣ / 200C conventional
  • Break up 1 kg cauliflower into florets and place in lined baking tray with oil, salt & white pepper ⁣
  • Roast raw cauliflower in oven for 30 mins ⁣
  • Melt 90 g salted butter in pot, add 80 g plain flour and mix to make a roux (see process step by step above for photos)
  • Cook for approx 1 minute on medium heat to remove the floury taste from the roux, then add in 5 cloves and 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, stir to combine
  • Start adding 700 ml whole 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 260 g extra mature cheddar cheese⁣ ⁣(grated)
  • Add roasted cauliflower to cheese sauce, mix through and transfer into oven proof dish for baking. Sprinkle 50 g parmesan on top.
  • Increase oven temperature to 200C fan⁣ / 220C conventional. Bake in oven for 30 minutes then serve when piping hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 361kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 16gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 457mgPotassium: 555mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 802IUVitamin C: 60mgCalcium: 447mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cauliflower Cheese, Oven Roasted Cauliflower, Roast Dinner Side, Sides for Sunday Roast
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




Looking for a specific recipe?