Cheesy Cauliflower

Cheesy Cauliflower


  • 4 Tbs all purpose flour
  • 1 medium head (approx. 2lbs) cauliflower
  • Pinch of Cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheese
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 T. unsalted butter
  • 2 cups whole milk


  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Trim cauliflower florets from the stalk. Discard stalk. Cut florets into 1-2 ince pieces. Steam the cauliflower for about 10 minutes until firm but tender.
  3. Spread the florets out onto a paper towel to dry while making the cheese sauce
  4. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium high heat, add the flour and whisk to combine. Cook for about 1-2 minutes to get rid of the flour taste.
  5. Add the mustard powder, pinch of cayenne, black pepper and stir to combine.
  6. Drizzle the milk in a steady stream whisking the whole time so that the mixture stays creamy.
  7. Season with salt and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
  8. When mixture thickens, add the cheese one handful at a time. Taste the sauce and adjust the salt/pepper as needed.
  9. Spread the cauliflower florets into a 2 quart baking dish (or iron skillet), spoon the sauce over the top and sprinkle about 2 tbs of cheese over the top. Bake until browned and bubbly – about 30 minutes. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired.

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