Sunday, January 30, 2011

Homegrown cauliflower turns into fabulous casserole...

Today I picked two small heads of cauliflower in the garden. This is my first year to grow cauliflower and it was so easy.

I meant to take photos of it when I washed it and when the casserole was done. My focus on getting to the eating part must have affected my memory and I completely forgot to take photos.

Last week I found my old recipe box with a solitary recipe card sitting on top of it. Yellowed with age, I probably copied it out of a magazine or the newspaper at least 25 years ago. (oh, no, I meant to write more than 5 years ago. I'm really not that old, really I'm not!) But I'm certain that I never made it.

Today I made it with my home-grown cauliflower. It was simple and delicious. And since I couldn't invite you to dinner, I thought I'd share it the recipe with you!

Cauliflower in Cheese Sauce

1 head fresh cauliflower
2 cups bechamel sauce
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
4 oz. dried beef
buttered breadcrumbs

Cook cauliflower until tender. Make bechamel sauce (melt butter, make a roux with a little flower, add milk or cream & cook until thickened. Add nutmeg. Do NOT salt or pepper this.) Cut dried beef into very small bits. Add to sauce with cheese. Place drained cauliflower in greased baking dish. Cover with sauce. Top with a little extra cheese & buttered bread crumbs. Bake in oven long enough for everything to melt together and get hot. (350 degrees) 4-6 servings.

So yummy. Though I did taste a sample of the cauliflower when it came out of the boiling water so I could actually get the flavor of it all by itself. It was great.

What a fun process - growing them from seed in my veggie garden, photographing it, picking it, cooking it, and eating it. And now blogging about it and 'sharing' it.

Doesn't get much better than that for a gardener.

What are you eating out of your garden?


Gail said...

Home grown cauliflower! Wow! I love it roasted, but, I wouldn't turn down this cheese sauce if offered. Yummy. gail

Diana said...

It was so good, Gail. I do like it roasted, too. My mom and grandmother always made with bechamel over boiled potatoes. One of my very favorite things to eat!

Layanee said...

Well, I had parsnips last week and it was quite a challenge to get to them with all the snow. Cauliflower is a June/July crop here but I will enjoy yours through the internet. Love cauliflower.

Bob said...

Mine almost never make it to the stove. I love it raw and can never get enough.

You can't be very old, you have no wrinkles yet and not a grey hair to be seen. I tell people I get my wrinkles and grey hair from gardening in Texas droughts. Worry, worry, worry.

Diana said...

Layanee: What a picture of you trying to dig out your veggies from under the snow. Gardening is HARD where you are.

Bob: Ha! Gardening in Texas will give you gray hair! But there is this thing called hair dye. Today I picked the broccoli!

Lancashire rose said...

Well done. Your recipe sounds delicious too. Did you see my cauliflower posting. So we can grow cauliflower here! We adore cauliflower over here. roasted florets or a recipe similar to your own with a cheese sauce sprinkled with ham and sliced tomatoes and grated cheese. Baked. Yummy. Tomorrow night, I think, only mines a bought one.