cheesy cauliflower

My Aunt makes this recipe for every holiday and it’s always a hit.  Everyone is always requesting this recipe, so here it is!  A whole head of cauliflower cooked to perfection and topped with a rich cheddar cheese sauce.

Cheese Sauce:
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
6-8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter on Medium heat. Stir in the flour and mix well until any possible floury clumps are worked out. Let the flour cook for a minute or two. Slowly add the milk, a tablespoon at a time at first, incorporating each spoonful completely before adding another. Stir in the cheese and let melt, stirring often with a wooden spoon until completely melted.

1 whole head of cauliflower, rinsed well and trimmed
water
1 tablespoon kosher salt
Black pepper, to taste
Warm cheese sauce, recipe below

Fill a large pot with enough water to almost cover the head of cauliflower and salt and bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, Trim off the cauliflower leaves. Carefully, use a knife to cut off some of the core, but without severing any florets.

Core-side down, place the cauliflower in the pot, cover and cook with the water simmering for 20 minutes. Carefully remove from the pot and let drain, core side down. Carefully transfer to a serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Immediately, top with a warm layer of cheese sauce. Serve immediately with remaining cheese sauce on the side.

Serves 8