The official upload your dinner thread! Jan 18, 2015 21:34:45 GMT
Post by PinkFloyd on Jan 18, 2015 21:34:45 GMT
Tonight one of the dishes I made was a cauliflower and broccoli baked cheese dish... with grilled sausages and pork chops... the cauli and broc dish looked so good my wife askes if I was going to photograph it to put on the 'net (she knows I have uploaded pics here before). I said 'no', cant be bothered. Should have done it.
I had cauliflower Au Gratin' (what a coincidence) but that was all...... just the cauliflower au Gratin' on its own.
Quite simple to make:
Boil the whole cauliflower (leafs on) in a pan of "boiling" / well salted water for about 20 minutes.
Drain the cauliflower and section it into uniform 1 inch pieces.
Dress a casserole dish with butter..... ie: "coat" the dish with butter.
Throw the cauliflower into the dish.
In a saucepan, Make a roux (flour and butter) and gently saute until the roux becomes golden brown....... then gradually add milk (whilst whisking) to make a standard bechamel.... take the bechamel to the level where it slowly drips off a wooden spoon (you don't wan't it too thick)
As soon as you have your standard bechamel on the simmer it's time to add a small onion that is studded with 9 cloves.... also add a bay leaf........ let this simmer for 30 minutes and keep adjusting with milk if it gets thicker than a slow drop off the spoon.
It's now time to convert our bechamel into a cheese sauce!
Remove the clove studded onion and the bay leaf from the bechamel. Fire in a couple of "generous" handfuls of extra mature cheddar (grated) cheese, an "nth" of anchovy essence, a sprinkling of nutmeg, a pinch of paprika, a hint of onion salt, a dash of tabasco, a teaspoon of ready made mustard, and "all of the above" to personal taste.
Pour said sauce over the cauliflower and then top with grated cheese / fresh seasoned breadcrumbs and some piccolo (small) tomatoes.
Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes...................