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Cauliflower And Broccoli Cheese

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Cauliflower And Broccoli Cheese is the perfect side dish to slide onto the plate alongside your roast beef dinner. Match made in dinner heaven!

Broccoli and cauliflower cheese just notches up the deliciousness of a traditional cauliflower cheese dish.

This creamy, cheesy side dish is perfect nestled on the plate with a roast beef dinner. The way the cheese sauce mingles into the thick, rich meaty gravy is just PERFECT!

And… it’s a really easy vegetable side dish to make too!

And if you like you can make ahead of time and keep in the fridge for up to a day before cooking in the oven.

cauliflower and broccoli cheese in a white serving dish being spooned out with a stainless steel serving spoon.

Equipment Needed

  • Large saucepan with a lid – to cook the broccoli and cauliflower
  • Smaller saucepan – to make the cheese sauce
  • Wooden spoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Weighing scales
  • Measuring jug
  • Teaspoon
  • Grater
  • Oven proof bowl

Cauliflower And Broccoli Cheese Ingredients

You’ll just need a handful of simple ingredients to make our tasty cauliflower and broccoli cheese vegetable side dish

ingredients for cauliflower and broccoli cheese - saucepan filled with cauliflower and broccoli florets alongside pat of butter, bowl of grated Cheddar cheese, bottle of milk and box of plain flour

For the vegetables

  • Small head of cauliflower
  • Small head of broccoli

Cooks Note! You can make this recipe using frozen cauliflower and broccoli – just use around 600g and cook as per the packet instructions – only use frozen veg if you area making the cauliflower cheese to eat straight away.

For the cheese sauce for cauliflower and broccoli

  • 50g butter
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml milk
  • 150g cheddar cheese – grated
  • Seasoning – pinch of salt and black pepper

How To Make Cauliflower And Broccoli Cheese

It’s really simple to make our broccoli and cauliflower cheese bake!

broccoli and cauliflower cheese bake fresh from the oven

Step One – cook the vegetables

  • Place the cauliflower and broccoli florets in a saucepan, cover with cold water and just a pinch of salt. Put the lid on the pan.
  • Bring the water to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer with the lid on for around 5 minutes or until just tender.
  • Drain the vegetables and tip into the serving bowl whilst you make the cheese sauce.

Step Two – make the broccoli and cauliflower cheese sauce

  • Put the saucepan on the hob over a low heat. Add the butter and melt slowly.
  • Tip in the plain flour and stir it into the butter to create a thick paste.
  • Then add the milk a little at a time, mixing it into the paste every time you add some.
  • When all the milk is added, bring the pan to a gentle simmer and cook for a few minutes until the sauce starts to thicken.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and add 100g of the grated Cheddar cheese and stir it into the milky sauce until it melts.
  • Season with salt and black pepper.

Step Three – make the cauliflower and broccoli cheese

cauliflower and broccoli cheese bake ready to go in the oven
  • Pour the homemade cheese sauce over the cooked cauliflower and broccoli florets in the oven proof dish.
  • Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese over the broccoli and cauliflower cheese bake. Add a little extra black pepper if you like.

Cooks Note! If you are making this to cook later – cool the dish down, within 90 minutes of cooking and then store covered in the fridge for up to 24 hours until ready to oven cook.

Step Four – bake the cauliflower and broccoli cheese

  • Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F / Gas Mark 6
  • Bake the cauliflower cheese and broccoli in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the cheese sauce is bubbling, the cauliflower and broccoli are piping hot throughout and the cheese is melted and browning on top.

Cooks Note! If you are baking this from the fridge – cook it on a lower oven temperature of 180C for longer – around 30-40 minutes and check that the internal temperature of the food is a minimum of 75C

cauliflower and broccoli cheese in a white serving dish being spooned out with a stainless steel serving spoon.

What To Serve With Cauliflower And Broccoli Cheese

Our delicious cheesy cauliflower dish is perfect served with lots of different meal ideas! Try…

  • Try it alongside oven baked sausages and creamy mashed potatoes.
  • Great with nut roast or plant based nuggets.

Make Our Cheesy Cauliflower Your Way

We’ve given you a great basic recipe for cauliflower broccoli cheese – but you can add your own twist and switch up the ingredients if you like to create your own style dish!

Use different cheese

You can make cauliflower cheese with any cheese you like – try out some regional cheeses like Red Leicester, Crumbly Lancashire or even go for a nice blue cheese. You can even add a mix of cheeses.

Add in more vegetables

Add in any extra veggies you like – try sliced leeks, mushrooms, or even new potatoes, carrots and parsnips.

Use frozen vegetables

You can make this using frozen vegetables – just use around 600g of mixed vegetables, cook as per the packet instructions. If using frozen vegetables don’t make this ahead of time, make it and eat immediately.

Add a crunchy topping

If you like a little crunch – sprinkle over some Panko Breadcrumbs or homemade breadcrumbs in amongst the grated cheese – this will give a crunchy top layer.

This also is also one of our favourite delicious Christmas Side Dishes!

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broccoli and cauliflower cheese bake fresh from the oven

Cauliflower And Broccoli Cheese

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A delicious creamy cauliflower and broccoli cheese dish that's great alongside a roast dinner.

Ingredients

  • Small head of cauliflower
  • Small head of broccoli
  • 50g butter
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml milk
  • 150g Cheddar cheese - grated
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place the cauliflower and broccoli florets in a saucepan, cover with cold water and just a pinch of salt. Put the lid on the pan.
  2. Bring the water to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer with the lid on for around 5 minutes or until just tender.
  3. Drain the vegetables and tip into the serving bowl whilst you make the cheese sauce.

To make the cheese sauce

  1. Put the saucepan on the hob over a low heat. Add the butter and melt slowly.
  2. Tip in the plain flour and stir it into the butter to create a thick paste.
  3. Then add the milk a little at a time, mixing it into the paste every time you add some.
  4. When all the milk is added, bring the pan to a gentle simmer and cook for a few minutes until the sauce starts to thicken.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and add 100g of the grated Cheddar cheese and stir it into the milky sauce until it melts.
  6. Season with salt and black pepper.

To make the cauliflower and broccoli cheese bake

  1. Pour the homemade cheese sauce over the cooked cauliflower and broccoli florets in the oven proof dish.
  2. Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese over the broccoli and cauliflower cheese bake. Add a little extra black pepper if you like.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F / Gas Mark 6
  4. Bake the cauliflower cheese and broccoli in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the cheese sauce is bubbling, the cauliflower and broccoli are piping hot throughout and the cheese is melted and browning on top.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 362Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 443mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 16g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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