Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake

This Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake is a delicious and easy side dish for any time of year!

It’s Cheese of the Month time again!  I’m really enjoying sharing delicious Canadian cheeses and creating new dishes each month, and I hope you are too!  Since I began my partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Canada, I’ve had the chance to feature a wide variety of delicious, award winning Canadian cheeses, and have created desserts, lunches, side dishes, snacks and appetizers with all different types of cheese. So much yum.

Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake

This month I wanted to create a comforting and cheesy side dish recipe that you can serve at holiday dinners, or any time of year too!  And because I think cauliflower and cheese were made to go together, I created this Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake with Sylvan Star Cheese’s Grizzly Gouda, an extra-aged Canadian Gouda.

Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake

I thought that the sharp bite of the Grizzly Gouda would taste amazing in a cream based sauce so I stirred in a generous cup of the grated cheese.  It’s a perfect compliment to the subtle flavour of the cauliflower.

Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake

Then put it in the oven and let the magic happen…the end result is a creamy, delicious side dish that pairs perfectly with prime rib, roasted turkey or baked ham.

Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake

You can double the recipe if you are feeding crowd. You can even make it a day ahead, then reheat it when you’re ready to serve!

Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake

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Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Author Jo-Anna Rooney

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 3/4 cup whole milk
  • salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 cup grated Grizzly Gouda cheese
  • 1/4 cup extra grated Grizzly Gouda cheese for the top
  • chopped green onion for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. First cook the cauliflower. In a pot of boiling water, boil the cauliflower pieces for about 3 minutes...you don't want them to cook fully, just until slightly tender. Drain, and set aside.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter then stir in the flour. Cook for about 1 minute.
  4. Slowly whisk in the whole milk, and stir until thickened.  This should take about 4-5 minutes.

  5. Season with salt, pepper and the dry mustard. Mix well.
  6. Stir in the grated cheese until melted.

  7. Add the cooked cauliflower pieces to a baking dish, then pour on the cheese sauce.
  8. Sprinkle the extra cheese over the top.
  9. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes.
  10. When done baking you may find the dish a bit watery, but just give it a good stir before serving and it will be nice and creamy.
  11. Sprinkle on some chopped green onion, and serve.

  12. Enjoy!

Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake

About Sylvan Star Cheese’s Grizzly Gouda:

  • Type: An extra-aged Canadian Gouda.
  • Tasting Notes: Smooth and creamy texture, with rich, nutty flavours. This cheese has a waxed rind.
  • Location: Produced in Red Deer, Alberta.  Made with milk from the Schalkwyk family’s own Holstein dairy cows that live on the same property where the cheese is created.
  • Pairing:  Pairs well with fortified cider, white beers, fruity red wines, and even green tea.
  • Fun Fact!  This cheese is named ‘Grizzly’ because of its bite and power!

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Have a delicious day!

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada.  I will be working with Dairy Farmers of Canada over the next year to bring you some delicious recipe ideas that I have created!  This recipe, all pictures and words are my own.  I love cheese. 😉

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