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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Baked Cauliflower in white sauce

Ingredients: 1 medium sized cauliflower, 100 grams butter, white flour, milk, salt & pepper, nutmeg, grated cheese (mozzarela or parmesan)

Implements: medium sized pot, medium sized saucepan, Pyrex baking dish

Serves: 4

Time: 1 hour

1. Cut away the cauliflower's green stem and leaves, separate into flowers and boil in a pot of water with a pinch of salt. the cauliflower should be soft enough to eat but do not over cook.

2. On a small flame, melt butter and gradually add flour, a little at a time until all the melted butter is absorbed, stirring continuosly with a wooden spoon.
Start adding milk, a little at a time, while stirring. Do not allow chunks to form. Continue adding milk untill the dough turns into a smooth and thickened sauce. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste; remove from heat.

3. Drain cauliflower and arrange in a pyrex baking dish. Pour the sauce over the cauliflower, and add the grated cheese.

4. Bake in medium-hot oven untill cheese is toasted. Serve immediately.

Recommended drink: chilled dry white wine.

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