Wartime Cauliflower Cheese with Bacon

wartimecauliflowercheeseI NEVER thought I’d be able to enjoy

Cauliflower cheese during my 1940’s

Experiment. I guess this is because

when I normally prepare it, the sauce

has about 4 oz of cheese in it as does

the topping and with my cheese ration

being just 2 oz per week it just didn’t

seem doable, UNTIL I sat down and

worked out a way I could still have

this dish.


My theory was to make a well

seasoned tasty sauce with NO

cheese and use my 2 oz cheese

ration on top and the dish I prepared would be enough to feed 4 people if

served with potatoes or other veggies.

I decided to use one weekly ration of bacon to make the dish REALLY tasty.

My theory was to make a well seasoned tasty sauce with NO cheese

Wartime Cauliflower Cheese with Bacon

  • 1 fresh cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 pint milk
  • 1 onion or 1 leek
  • 2-4 oz (1/2 -1 weekly ration) of bacon
  • 2 oz cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • horseradish or mustard
  • knob of butter


Steam or boil the cauliflower and then drain well

While it’s cooking make the sauce. Mix the cornstarch into a thick paste with a little of the milk, add the rest of the milk and add a knob of butter.

Place on heat and slowly bring to a simmer stirring all the time, lower heat and add in salt & pepper, a little horseradish or dried mustard

Fry onions or leeks and chopped bacon in a separate pan

When browned add to white sauce and mix in well

Place cauliflower piled up in overproof dish

Pre-heat grill/broiler to quite high

Pour THICK sauce over the top

Grate the 2 oz of STRONG cheddar over the top, sprinkle with salt and pepper

Place under grill until topping is nice and browned

Serves 4 if serving with large backed potato and veggies

THIS DISH is pretty frugal too. CLICK HERE to find out how much it will cost you!