Monday, March 03, 2008

An old favorite
--Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce

Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce
Big Kitchen Instruction Book Copyright 1998

1 head cauliflower
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk I used 1% milk
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup (3 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese I used Cabot's 50% Cheddar

Separate cauliflower into florets. Then make cheese sauce: Melt butter in a medium saucepan and whisk in flour. Cooke and stir over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, and slowly add milk. Cook and stir until thickened. Add salt and cheese. Reduce heat and stir until cheese is melted. While cheese is melting, steam cauliflower for 5-7 minutes, or until tender. Place cauliflower in a serving dish and spoon sauce over it.

This is something we had quite often when I was growing up but my mom would just put cheese on the cauliflower. I can remember making it with a white sauce when I started getting into cooking. I must have seen it on a PBS cooking show because that was my only source of cooking information besides a few cookbooks around the house. It's still a favorite of mine so I don't know why I don't make it more often.

I garnished this with a sprinkling of paprika. Paprika was the only garnish my mother used. It was only a garnish. I don't recall it being used to actually flavor a dish, well besides roast chicken. But it was sprinkled on top of baked potatoes topped with a slice of cheese, potato salad and anything else that needed a splash of color. I don't remember if she used it on this cauliflower but it seemed like a good idea.

I almost forgot that this is perfect for Sweetnick's ARF/5-A-Day Tuesdays. Cauliflower is as healthy as it ever was, very high in Vitamin C of all things.

Blast From The Past: Memphis-Style Pork Chops from November 2006. I had to change my plan to make Baked Pork Chops since I didn't have time last night. I had to use ketchup instead of chili sauce in to make the sauce but it still turned out well.

Question of the Day: Is anybody there??? I didn't get a one comment yesterday which is unusual.


Rebel In Ontario said...

I'm here! Busy but here! Love ya...

Wanda said...

I'm here, too. I just had nothing to say about carob. The cauliflower sounds delicious. And my sister, Jan, who usually comments here is super, super busy these days.

Anonymous said...

....uh, Wanda....the question was about malted milk, not carob. (Not too busy to correct my sister) ;) Now that I'm here - I really like the taste of malted milk. I love vanilla malts, or chocolate malts, or....


DancesInGarden said...

Sheesh, play hookie one day and get caught. Tee hee!

That cauliflour looks so good. The paprika adds a nice touch too!

Wanda said...

LOL! Okay, - I had nothing to say about malted milk, then. But I do have something to say about ice cream drinks... I intended to stop by Sonic when I was in town earlier, and get one of their new coffee flavored ones. Only I forgot all about it until now. Oh, well.