Cauliflower and Broccoli with Cheese Sauce

This is a really simple dish, a side dish, that goes wonderfully with creamed potatoes or on its own.  My memories of this are many, but the strongest goes back to every July 11th evening.  My friend’s mother, affectionately known by her six “wee sons”, none of whom stood shorter than 6′ 5″, as Doris Duck, being well under 5′ 0″, made this every year for the Eleventh Night. The night of the bonfires; a big bonnie was always held on the green in front of their house, and having six sons and three daughters who all had lots of friends that came and went throughout the night she would be constantly cooking and encouraging everyone she saw to come and eat.

The joke was that there were always people who no one knew, but Mrs B didn’t care.  She just wanted to feed people and this was her favourite son’s favourite dish.  She was the typical Northern Irish mother, her sons could do no wrong; they were never drunk a night in their lives, it was just the bar man had pulled a bad pint, or the chippy they had stopped at on the way home needed to change the oil they fried their chips in.  Her boys were angels! Even the night they carried home a wrought iron park bench, not drunk, just mischievous.  Every morning she made up six loaves of sandwiches, and put the sandwiches back into the bread bags, one for each lad for lunch.

The cheese sauce is the simple white sauce I posted before, with the addition of cheeses.

Cauliflower and Broccoli in Cheese Sauce

Cauliflower and Broccoli in Cheese Sauce

Cauliflower and Broccoli in Cheese Sauce

  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Simple White Sauce
  • Cheese – you can choose just one cheese, or you can choose several, I prefer to use cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan

Cook the vegetables until al dente/firm to the bite.

Arrange in oven proof dish.

Make simple white sauce, then add grated cheese, stirring constantly until melted into the sauce.

Top vegetables with grated parmesan cheese and then pour cheese sauce over.

Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees until sauce is bubbling and browning.