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Rachel Cooks Every Day

Thoughts from the kitchen of an everyday cook.

Cauliflower Cheese Strikes Again

So far, our only repeated meals have been pancakes and cauliflower cheese. Priorities? This time, I made the recipe from Good and Cheap, which is available as a free downloadable cookbook. (I was using it so often I bought the print version, too.)

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The recipe is really adaptable. I added the optional dijon mustard and paprika to the cheese sauce, as well as a splash of vinegar, which always ups the flavors. I topped it with breadcrumbs, and then added some leftover spiral ham we had in the fridge to the top in the last 10 minutes of cooking.

I also learned my lesson from last time. There was a lot more cheese sauce and it would have drowned my cauliflower again—maybe I need to look for bigger cauliflower heads, or add an extra half? The sauce-to-cauliflower ratio worked much better like this.

I think I've also found the ticket for making this a meal (traditionally, cauliflower cheese is a side): adding meat to the top and serving a salad on the side.

I'm sure you'll see this again before the winter is through!