Monday, January 25, 2010

Cauliflower cheese (known as brain!!)

Before I share my  cauliflower cheese recipe with you, I must let you know how the book is going.  I had become a little de-motivated with it, but now that motivation is back. I am lacking on photos predominantly  for the salad chapter so I am making it my mission to make a least two of the salads per week, so that they can get processed and entered into the book. I will then move onto the remaining meal photos. Bring it on!!!

Now for my cauliflower cheese blurb...I think I have said before that I am not keen on Cauliflower... well I take it back. I love it, especially brain style (No I'm not turning into Hannibal Lecter). It's a steamed head of cauliflower smothered in a mustard sauce and topped with melted cheese. Mmm mmm. A friend introduced me to brain (a name her boyfriend gave to it) last week and I have been keen to give it a go myself. The cauliflower was sweet and tasty and worked so well with the mustard. It knocked socks off any previous forms of Cauliflower cheese that I have had and it is so simple  to make which of course, I love.

Cauliflower Cheese (Brain)
1 head of Cauliflower
2 Tbs Dijon Mustard
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 to 11/2 cups of grated cheddar cheese
You will also need a microwaveable bowl that can hold the whole head of the cauliflower.

To prepare the cauliflower peal off all the green leaves and trim the stalk so the cauliflower will sit level in the microwaveable bowl. Place in the bowl with a 1/3 cup of water and cover with clingfilm. Place this in the microwave and cook on a high heat for approx 12 minutes until the cauliflower is tender. Be careful when you remove the clingfilm as the steam can really burn. Open it away from you pealing from the back forward.
Meanwhile mix the mustard, sour cream and mayonnaise together and add salt and pepper to taste. Leaving the cauliflower in the bowl drain off any excess water and then pour the mustard mixture over the cauliflower coating all the head and then sprinkle the cheese over top before putting it under the grill to melt the cheese. Once melted cut the cauliflower into pieces and serve.


  1. You could steam the entire head too, for those of us who don't own (and refuse to!) a microwave! :)

    Cauliflower soup is also SUPER good, you make it with potatoes to add substance, with just a small drizzle of truffle oil over the top. Yum!

  2. This looks so good! I'm going to try it soon. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I absolutely love cauliflower cheese, and was taught at school to always put mustard powder into the cheese roux sauce. x