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Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 5 to 6 ounces Gruyère, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
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Seriously, make this tonight and every night, for that matter! This cheesy Gruyère sauce is the most perfect compliment to a big head of roasted cauliflower. Additionally, this recipe for Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower is a great way to get the kiddos to eat their vegetables! Although this Roasted Cauliflower is a bit time consuming to prepare, it will be worth every single second.

Much love to Andy Hearnden for this amazing cheesy roasted vegetable recipe idea!

Naturally, I created a short TikTok video preparing this fabulous cheesy vegetable dish. Be sure to check the video out down below. If you have not yet signed up for this social media platform, use my code 5SSIS800K0H06 to create an account.

a head of Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower on a cast iron baking pan garnished with fresh chopped parsley

HOW TO PERFECTLY ROAST CAULIFLOWER

If you have never roasted cauliflower before, you MUST! Honestly, almost any roasted vegetable, tastes incredible. Prior to roasting, it’s a good idea to gently boil the cauliflower for at least 10 minutes. This will allow the cauliflower to become even more tender after roasting. Boiling first will also ensure that the cauliflower does not get too brown or burn while it’s roasting.

HOW TO PREPARE THE MOST PERFECT MELTY CHEESE SAUCE

Preparing the most perfect cheese sauce is an art. Once the warmed heavy whipping cream is whisked into the blonde roux, slowly incorporate the shredded cheese. This is a very important step to making this Cheesy Sauce.

Incorporating the shredded cheese all at once, or adding too much at a time can cause clumping and/or stringiness. Remember, you are looking for a super creamy cheese sauce.

If the cheese sauce becomes too thick, adjust by adding a touch more cream.

WHAT KIND OF CHEESE TO USE FOR CHEESE SAUCE

As mentioned above, creating the most perfect cheese sauce is an art form. The type of cheese will either make, or break the recipe (pun intended). This Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower recipe was made using Gruyère cheese.

The following are great alternatives, or you can also consider mixing a few varieties:

  • fontina
  • monterey jack
  • cheddar
  • edam
  • gouda
  • parmesan
  • romano
  • provolone

VEGAN CHEESY ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

Although I have not tried using vegan cheese, I would recommend either Follow Your Heart Smoked Gouda, or Epic Mature Cheddar to make this a Vegan Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower.

Additionally, substitute the heavy whipping cream with non-dairy cream like Silk’s Dairy-Free Cream or Flora’s Plant Based Double Cream.

SUBSTITUTES FOR CAULIFLOWER

In my opinion cauliflower is the perfect vegetable to use in this Cheesy Roasted Vegetable dish. However, any of the following would be great substitutes. Keep in mind that roasting time will vary depending upon the type of vegetable used in this dish:

  • broccoli
  • sweet potatoes
  • potatoes
  • celery root
  • parsnip
  • cabbage (I’m definitely trying this!)
  • zucchini

LEFTOVER CHEESY ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

Believe me when I say this…there will be NO Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower leftovers. In fact, I wish I had made two! However, by the slimmest chance that there are leftovers, place in a sealed container. Leftovers will last up to two days in the fridge. Freezing is not recommended.

Gently reheat leftover Cheesy Cauliflower in the microwave, toaster oven, or oven.

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a head of Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower on a cast iron baking pan garnished with fresh chopped parsley

Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower


Description

This recipe for Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower will become your new favorite side dish! Tender roasted cauliflower meets the most amazing creamy Gruyère cheese sauce. Believe me, it will be worth every single second of preparation!


Ingredients

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  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, plus
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 5 to 6 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Start boiling the chicken stock and water in a deep pot.
  2. Remove the green leaves from the cauliflower.
  3. Cut enough of the core to allow the cauliflower head to sit upright.
  4. Score the core with a knife.
  5. Once the pot reaches a boil, add in one teaspoon of kosher salt. 
  6. Reduce heat and add the head of cauliflower. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Heat oven to 375°.
  8. Remove the cauliflower and all to drain well. Pat the top dry with paper towels.
  9. Place the cauliflower head onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  10. Coat with olive oil and the remaining salt.
  11. Roast for 30 to 45 minutes. Allow the cauliflower to brown.
  12. In the final minutes of roasting, prepare the cheese sauce.
  13. Melt the butter. 
  14. Whisk in the flour.
  15. Allow the raw flour taste to cook off for a few minutes before whisking in the heavy whipping cream.
  16. If the mixture is too thick at this point, add in a touch more cream.
  17. Whisk in the dijon mustard.
  18. Turn off the heat, or remove the pot from the heat.
  19. Slowly, very slowly incorporate four to five ounces of the cheese. Whisk in just a little bit at a time (taste as you go along to see if you have reached the desired cheesiness).
  20. Pour the cheese sauce all over the roasted cauliflower (use it all). 
  21. Top with the remaining shredded cheese.
  22. Place under broil until all of the cheese is melty and browned. 
  23. Garnish with fresh parsley.
  24. ENJOY!

Notes

SEE POST FOR TIPS AND NOTES!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Cuisine: Vegetables

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving

Keywords: how to make cheesy roasted cauliflower, how to roast cauliflower, how to roast vegetables, how to make a creamy cheese sauce, best cheese for making cheese sauce, how to make a vegan cheese sauce, side dish recipe ideas, side dish recipes,

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