Ready in 1 hour 15 minutes
Tasty. You might say "my kids won't eat this" but just give it a try, with a lot more cheese on top.
Cut broccoli and cauliflower into sections, leaving on half an inch of stem on each. For very thick stems on the cauliflower, make a cut into the base of the stem with a small sharp knife. Add the 2 cups of water to a large stockpot. Wash the cauliflower and place the largest sections in first, then wash the broccoli and place on top of the cauliflower. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Boil for about 3 minutes then remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes before removing lid to check if vegetables are slightly soft. Remove the softest ones to a casserole dish and place lid back on for another 5 minutes then drain the water into a container and set aside for the sauce... You don't need to completely cook the vegetables as they will finish cooking in the oven with the sauce and cheese.
Melt margarine or butter over a low heat, remove from the heat once melted and stir in flour until smooth. Return to heat and cook for a few minutes then gradually add the milk, stirring all the time. As the sauce thickens, add more milk. After you have added 3 cups of milk start adding the vegetable water until all is used. (Depending on how thick a sauce you like, you may need to add more milk to thin it a little as it does thicken up slightly in the oven as well. ) Add salt and pepper and half a cup of cheese and stir well.
Pour the sauce over the vegetables in casserole dishes and top with the remaining cheese. Bake in a 180 degree (350 F) oven for half an hour or until top is a golden brown.
This will fill 2 casserole dishes, or 1 casserole dish plus 4 to 6 plastic microwave containers that I don't top with cheese and freeze.
ebony24 1y ago
mdovale 2y agoI used a bag of mixed broccoli and cauliflower frozen that I cooked before putting it in the pan. I also added a little nutmeg in the sauce. The kids loved it ! I'll definitely make this recipe again
Aaronjacobs 2y agoTry less milk and a jar of cheese wiz for extra kick soooooo good
TMcMichael 2y ago
momo16 2y agoThis so good and a clever way to have the kids eat their veggies...my kids enjoyed it...they now love broccoli and cauliflower...??
andr3s 3y ago
Mandy401 3y agoI never leave comments; but my son went CRAZY over this last night.. He asked "mom can you make the broccoli/cauliflower like this allllll the time"? Ps I added about a half cup more of cheddar cheese.. ;)
cranbear 6y agoThe biggest mistake was mine in that I used half sharp cheddar cheese and half monterey jack. I should have used all sharp cheddar cheese as the combination had so little flavor that the casserole tasted like flour and milk. To make the sauce richer I used 3 cups of low-fat half and half and eliminated the water but the casserole was watery on the bottom. With the right mixture of ingredients hopefully this recipe could be tasty. Don't think I want to risk it again, though.
sgrishka 6y agoThere are certain things that just go together...and, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Cheese is one of them. We really enjoyed this recipe. As for ingredients, we used white pepper and closer to a cup and a half of a good quality aged Vermont Sharp Cheddar Cheese. We also decided to add a tsp. of mustard powder and a scant quarter tsp. of cayenne pepper to the cheese sauce. The gratin was delicious. Both vegetables complimented each other and the cheese sauce was fabulous! It's a fairly easy recipe unless you have trouble with the cheese sauce. If the sauce is lumpy, too runny, or too starchy the recipe just wont come together properly. So don't rush the cheese sauce - a few minutes of patient whisking is all that's needed for a smooth result. We will be using the leftovers to make a tasty, cream of broccoli cauliflower and cheese soup.
dunamis 8y agoI microwaved my vegetables then poured in the whitesauce. Didn't use any water in my whitesauce, just the three cups of milk. Only used cheddar, but would have been nicer with some other cheese I reckon. Baked for around 30 mins at 180C in a gas oven and probably needed longer to really make the cheese on top a bit more crispy.