TheArmadillo, do you mean you steam/boil the cauli before baking? I've never done this -- just bung it raw in the dish, cover with sauce, breadcrumbs mixed with grated cheese on top, then oven for 30-40 mins. Yum
I make the sauce, then I mix with washed uncooked cauliflower and then cook on about 6 for 45 mins.
I cover with foil for about 25-30 mins (minus the cheese topping so it steams/bakes, then take the foil off add cheese (or cheese/breadcrumbs) then back for 15-20 mins to brown the top while continuing to cook the cauliflower.
I hate soggy cauliflower. This way it stays crisp with some flavour.
I don't cook the cauliflower first, just wash it and break into smallish florettes into a pyrex bowl. It may take a little longer to bake but I love the crunchy layer on the top of the cheese sauce. Don't put tomatoes on the top before cooking as these make it squishy.
I love cauliflower cheese.
Oh, Hi Pavlov - just saw we do it in a similar way.
What is really nice is if you put a thin layer of pesto sauce on the bottom of the bowl before puting in the veg and cheese sauce - don't mix is as it bubbles up when you cook it.
Armadillo - I have to disagree. chips and baked beans. and it is worth making it for one...DH is out this evening with DD and I am alone, and wondering what to do for tea....and then this thread inspired me..