Friday, September 11, 2015

Ham and Cauliflower with Cheddar Cheese

This dish is from Fern's childhood, except for the carrots. He said, "It tastes good, but shouldn't have carrots" He also didn't like the cubed ham, slices are better apparently. I par cooked the potatoes but it's the cauliflower than needs it. I should have par boiled the potatoes in the bottom of the pot while above steams the cauliflower. Next time.

1 head cauliflower cut into florets
2 onions
500 gms ham
2 carrots diced
1 stick celery diced
5 potatoes thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic finely diced

Sweat the vegetables in a pot. Layer sliced ham in baking pan, cover with sweated vegetables. Layer sliced potatoes over vegetables. Layer cauliflower over potatoes.

Cheese Sauce

1 tsp flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar

Melt butter in a small pot, add flour. Let it cook a little bit. The more the flour is cooked before adding milk, the less milk it will thicken. Slowly whisk in milk. If it's added quickly the flour will lump. Add salt, slowly combine grated cheddar. If it's too thick add a little more milk. Pour cheese sauce over baking pan and put pan in oven at 350ºF for an hour if the potatoes and cauliflower are precooked, up to 2 hours if not.

This is actually the reheated next day dish but it was still delicious!

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