Potato, Cauliflower and Cheddar Bake

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 We've eaten so much meat over these past few days, I thought I would take a break from it for a day or so!  We don't normally eat much meat, but I am not complaining, as it has been fabulous meat and I am very grateful for the opportunity to try it out!

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Today I baked us a delicious vegetable casserole, using potatoes, onions and cauliflower.   It's like a version of cauliflower cheese without the creamy sauce.  Don't get me wrong, I do love me some cheese sauce now and again, but I thought this would be just a tad bit lighter after all the rich food we've been eating lately.

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I can't take credit for the idea.  I adapted  it from the Martha Stewart site.  It looked really good and I thought it would be something we would both really enjoy.  I added the onion, because cheese and onion go very well together and I thought it would be delicious.

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I was right.  It was.   It's so simple to make too . . . boiled potato, cauliflower and onion, layered with cheese and thyme, with a bit of stock added.  You could use vegetable stock and vegan cheese if you wanted to keep it totally vegetarian.

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We both really enjoyed it and the leftovers tasted even better.  But then again . . . that's usually the case.  Leftovers always taste even better than the main meal . . . In any case this went down a real treat served as a main course for two along with slices of buttered brown bread, some pickled beets,  and some salad on the side.

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*Cheese and Onion, Potato and Cauliflower Bake*
Serves 4 as a side, or 2 as a main
Printable Recipe

Deliciously different than the usually creamy sauced potato bake.  This is fabulous and very easy to make.

2 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices
1/2 of a small cauliflower, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 medium onion, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices
8 ounces of grated strong cheddar cheese (2 cups)
2 tsp dried thyme
freshly ground black pepper
80ml of chicken stock (about 1/3 cup)
butter to dot the top

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Place the potatoes into a pot of cold lightly salted water, with plenty to cover.  Bring to the boil.  Add the sliced onion and cauliflower, and cook at a fast simmer for 8 to 10  minutes, just until the potatoes are tender.  Drain carefully and set aside for about 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 220*C/425*F/ gas mark 6.  Butter a shallow casserole dish.   Layer half of the potatoes in the bottom, all of the onion and half of the cauliflower.   Season with a good grinding of black pepper and half of the thyme.   Top with half of the cheese.  Top with the remaining potatoes and cauliflower.   Grind some more pepper over top and the remainder of the thyme.  (Salt only if you think you will need it.  I never do.)  Pour the chicken stock over top, cover with the remaining cheese and dot with butter.

Bake in the heated oven for 20 to 25  minutes until golden brown and bubbling.  Serve hot.


  1. I love the idea of using the stock instead of a cream sauce! xxoo

  2. I did too..and I could eat just that as a dinner

  3. This sounds fantastic! I would put some ham in it (maybe some broccoli too, or instead of the cauliflower) to make it a one-dish meal. I can't wait to try this!

  4. This was delicious! I made this tonight with a sauteed chicken breast on the side. I didn't layer everything as neatly as you did since everything was mixed together in the strainer. But it was very yummy and will become a staple side dish in our house.

    One note, in the printable recipe the instructions fail to mention when to add the thyme. With a 3yo under foot I totally forgot it until the end and sprinkled some on anyway ;)

  5. Thanks for noting my ommission. I have fixed it Jackie. You add the thyme when you season between and on top of the layers. I am so glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Made this tonight and it was delicious! My six year old and eight month old also ate it. Great to find a dish that works for the whole family.

  7. Happy to read it was enjoyed by all Kylie!!

  8. My better half said I could make this any time - it was a GREAT side dish to dinner tonight! :-)

  9. So happy you enjoyed Rachel! Thank you so much for taking the time to let us all know! You made my day! xx

  10. I love making casseroles and this one looks so simple to make and delicious. Can't wait to try it!
    Joyce Jeffers
    Welcome Home Recipe Club

  11. I think you will love it Joyce! Everyone does! Simple, easy and delicious!

  12. This was easy and delicious! I served it with roasted boudin so I left the thyme out - not wanting a spice conflict. It turned out to be the perfect accompaniment.
    Thank you for another excellent recipe. I'm already anticipating great leftovers!

  13. Thanks Jane! So glad that you enjoyed it! I appreciate you taking the time to let us know! xx


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