Cauliflower is a healthy seasonal vegetable and cauliflower cheese is a nice warming dish when temperatures are dropping outside. It also makes a fantastic side dish as it can accompany both traditional roasts and vegetarian Christmas dinners. It is an excellent choice to complement a nut roast as it is not too heavy.
Below is a quick and easy cauliflower cheese recipe for you to try.
1 large cauliflower head
5 tbsp grated cheddar
4 tbsp butter
8 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp grated root ginger
1 grated orange rind
Salt & pepper
Pinch of nutmeg
How to make Christmas Cauliflower Cheese:
Step 1. Cut the cauliflower into small florets.
Step 2. Add to pan of lightly salted boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain, transfer to an oven proof dish and keep warm.
Step 3. For the sauce, put the oil and butter in a pan and heat gently until the butter melts. Add the grated orange peel and root ginger and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Step 4. Add the salt and pepper to taste and the nutmeg.
Step 5. Pour the sauce over the vegetables and sprinkle the cheese on top.
Step 6. Place dish under a pre-heated grill on medium heat for 2-4 minutes or until the cheese turns golden.
Step 7. Add parsley to garnish and serve.
You can buy all the ingredients and have plenty of change from £10 so it is perfect for what is possibly the most expensive time of the year. Cauliflower itself is a classic winter vegetable and costs very little. It is also very good for you as it contains anti-oxidants and high levels of vitamin C, vital for keeping your immune system strong to ward off winter colds.
This dish is a tasty addition to the table and as it only takes 20 minutes to prepare and cook, it is perfect for Christmas day when you have so many other things to think about.
Other ideas for Christmas side dishes could include mini puff pastry cases with a filling to complement your main meal, spicy peas and spinach or stuffed aubergines. You could always create a mini version of a favourite stew or salad to serve on the side.
Ask round your family and friends for ideas or have a look online. Could you add something to a regular dish to make it festive, orange, and cinnamon or some spices? Be creative – it’s Christmas.