Best recipes for leftovers: Cauliflower cheese with mashed potatoPosted by Fiona Nevile in Kitchen equipment, Leftovers, Pork Ham Bacon Sausages, Vegetables and Sides | 9 comments
Danny likes our cauliflower cheese especially when I add ham and tomatoes and serve it with garlic bread. Quite often I pick up 6 pints of milk from the Tesco CFC and make it into white sauce, ladled into plastic zip lock bags and frozen flat in the freezer. This takes the strain out of making CC as the palaver of making the sauce is already done. The sauce can be gently heated from frozen in a sauté pan. Then all you have to do is add the cheese.
I discovered that my cauliflower bought in the market with suspiciously long leaves was the size of a grapefruit.
“Never mind.” I thought. “It will be padded out with the garlic bread.”
But I’d forgotten the garlic bread.
In a panicky search through the fridge I discovered some left over mashed potato and a piece of elderly Stilton. Danny is not keen on reheated mash but he was up in The Rat Room happily unaware of the crisis. I wrapped some mashed potato, chopped tomatoes and a sprinkle of stilton in a piece of ham. Our enamel pie dish could accommodate four of these plump treats. As the dish heats up very fast it is perfect for this recipe. Incidentally, Mandi suggested using one of these to make perfect Toad in the Hole. I invested in one and she’s right -they also look pretty and old fashioned.
While the elfin cauliflower was cooking I heated up the sauce and added grated cheddar and a dash of garlic granules. I poured some of the hot sauce over the ham parcels distributed the cauli over the top and added the rest of the sauce. I sprinkled it with grated cheese and popped the pie dish into Andrew to heat through the parcels and gradually brown the top. This took about 10 minutes at 160c.
It was a triumph. Danny adored it. Much better than cauliflower cheese and a baked potato. So bad luck Min Pins – no more mashed potato treats for you.
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