Cauliflower and Cheese Puff
Breakfast, Cheese and Eggs

Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Puff

It’s the 20th of the month which means it is time for the Crazy Ingredient Challenge, when a bunch of bloggers pick two ingredients and try to come up with a recipe for them. This month we chose Cauliflower and Cheese.

Oh joy!

If you are a cauliflower lover you are excited. If you don’t particularly care for it, you probably read that comment with a note of sarcasm.

I am definitely the latter. Seriously, I almost considered skipping this month. But, I couldn’t wimp out on you like that.  And I am so glad I didn’t, because I wound up making this Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Puff that would be great for breakfast, a brunch (hint Easter and Mother’s Day are coming up) or a meatless lunch or dinner.

Cauliflower and Cheese Puff

I altered a recipe that originally called for carrots and added some cheese. When it was done, it was DELICIOUS!! It is also really good with carrots and no cheese too. One of these days I might try beets for a nice bright pink hue.

Honestly, I could have passed this off on the guys without telling them it was cauliflower and they wouldn’t have known.

And it is so simple, all you need to do is:

Cook the cauliflower.

cauliflower in pot

Puree it.

cauliflower in blender

Sauté the onions and garlic and make a roux (gluten free options in the recipe below).

make a roux

Add milk to make a sauce (dairy free won’t hurt my feelings or the recipe).

add milk to make sauce

Add cheese (or don’t, it is good without it).

add cheese

Mix in the cauliflower and egg yolks.

pour in cauliflower puree

Beat the egg whites to stiff peak.

stiff peak egg whites

Fold them into the other ingredients.

fold in egg whites

And bake. Look how fluffy it comes out of the oven. Just like a soufflé!

Cauliflower Puff before it falls

And then a minute or two later it collapses in the middle.

Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Puff

Don’t panic, it is supposed to do that. Same great taste as a soufflé, without the stress.

Be sure to see scroll past the recipe to see what the other bloggers made with our Crazy Ingredients.

Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Puff

Prep time20 minutes
Cook time40 minutes
Total time1 hour
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Cheese and Eggs, Salad and Vegetables
Occasion Easter, Mother's Day
From book Sesame Street: B is for Baking - 50 Yummy Dishes to Make Together
Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Puff is a simple soufflé like dish that is great for a brunch or meatless dinner. Can be made gluten free or dairy free.


  • 1/2 head cauliflower (chopped into small pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons onion (very finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour (for gluten-free use 1 teaspoon cornstarch)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • hot pepper sauce (to taste)
  • 1 cup low fat milk (substitute almond or soy milk if desired)
  • 3 eggs (seperated)


  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (grated)


The original recipe called for carrots and did not add any cheese. Mix and match different vegetables as desired.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium saucepan cover cauliflower with water and cook for 8-10 minutes until soft. Drain, reserving a few tablespoons of cooking water.
cauliflower in pot
Put cauliflower into blender and puree, adding cooking water a tablespoon at a time as needed..
cauliflower in blender
In the sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sautee onions and garlic 3-5 minutes until translucent. Add flour, salt and pepper and stir over medium heat for another minute or two to make a roux. (For gluten free, skip the roux making and just add seasonings at this point).
make a roux
Remove from heat and slowly pour in milk whisking until smooth. Return to heat and cook for a few minutes until thickened. (For gluten free, add corn starch with milk and whisk thoroughly). Remove from heat.
add milk to make sauce
Sprinkle cheese over milk mixture and mix until smooth.
add cheese
Stir in cauliflower.
pour in cauliflower puree
Separate eggs. Whisk yolks into milk mixture. Add pepper sauce to taste.
seperate eggs
Gently fold whites into cauliflower mixture.
fold in egg whites
Pour into an ungreased 1 quart baking dish. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until top is golden brown and set in the center. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

NOTE: when the puff is first removed from the oven it will be fluffy like a soufflé then will collapse a bit in the middle. This is supposed to happen.
Cauliflower Puff before it falls

Until next time, happy eating.

19 thoughts on “Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Puff”

  1. Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog from the sits link-up. I really love this idea with cauliflower. I have been trying to do more meatless meals lately because of some recent health problems I have been experiencing and look forward to trying this.

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