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One of the foods that my partner is great at making is Cauliflower Cheese! The first time he made it for me was when we were having a nice roast dinner. What he does to perfection is actually the cooking of the Cauliflower; it is just right, what they call al dente I think! Anyway, this Schwartz Cheddar cheese sauce is the one that he always uses; I have also started to use this one too. Schwartz sauces really are great and this one is no different.
The packet is 40g in weight and has a very tempting picture on the front of both Cauliflower and Broccoli covered in the cheese sauce.
**How to prepare**
Empty the contents of the packet into a saucepan; blend in ½ a pint of Milk and bring to the boil, stirring continuously; then add an optional 25g of Butter; simmer for 1 or 2 minutes until sauce has thickened and voila, it's done! You can also cook this in the Microwave, but I think cooking on the hob is better.
The way we make our Cauliflower Cheese is to boil the Cauliflower pieces until they are all dente (it's essential not to let the Cauliflower go mushy!). In the meantime we prepare the sauce as above. Then you place the Cauliflower in an ovenproof dish, pour the thickened sauce on the top, put some grated Cheese on top of this and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes; Just before serving sprinkle some Paprika over the top. The outcome is an absolutely delicious Cauliflower Cheese!
Modified Maize starch, Maltodextrin, Skimmed Milk powder, Wheat Flour, dried Yeast, Cheddar Cheese powder (7%), Salt, Cheese blend (Cheese powder, Whey powder, Yeast extract, Maltodextrin, Flavourings, Lactic acid, Lactose), Flavouring, Vegetable Oil, Colour (Beta carotene)
There is no Hydrogenated fat; no added preservatives and no added Monosodium Glutamate in this product.
There are 144 Kcals per 40g pack
Contains Milk & Wheat
This packet sauce usually costs around £0.90pence.
This is a good sauce, it thickens well and is easy to prepare; however, in my view, it is essential to sprinkle some grated Cheese over the top of your Cauliflower so as to add to the flavour, as the actual sauce flavour is not that strong. This product is worthy of 4 Dooyoo stars in my view.
As a vegetarian one of my staple meals is cauliflower cheese (actually cauliflower and broccoli cheese, but let's not get pedantic). However, I can't make proper cheese sauce to save my life, so that's where Schwartz Cheddar Cheese Sauce Mix comes in.
This packet sauce can be found alongside other packet sauce mixes in the supermarket, priced at under £1, which I feel is pretty good value. The packet bears the Schwartz logo and a picture of a rather tasty-looking cauliflower and broccoli cheese. Three ticks on the front tell me that this sauce mix contains no hydrogenated fat, no added preservatives and no added MSG. The packet is designed for 4 servings - personally I feel that this is when using this sauce to make a side dish, and I tend to use one packet for two meals.
The back of the packet tells me that each packet contains 144 calories, which certainly beats real cheese (though I tend to add a little grated cheese to the top of my cauliflower cheese anyway!). The instructions for making the sauce are as follows:
Empty packet contents into small saucepan
Blend in 300ml/½ pint milk and bring to the boil, stirring continuously
Add 25g/1oz butter (optional) and simmer for 1-2 mins until sauce has thickened
The packet also carries instructions for making up the sauce in the microwave. I personally don't bother cooking liquid-based foodstuffs in the microwave after an unfortunate experience with some cocoa a few years ago.
I find this sauce to be pretty tasty. Once cooked it comes out a lot thicker, and therefore resembles 'proper' cheese sauce a good deal more, than other packet sauces I have tried. I wouldn't mind betting it is lower in calories than real cheese sauce either. I find there are hardly ever any lumps in it, even when I've been lazy and haven't stirred it properly. It has a rich creamy texture and strong cheese flavour; it is slightly salty, but I quite like that!
I normally put my cauliflower cheese in the oven with a sprinkling of grated cheese on top - I feel this makes the food even tastier and the sauce even nicer. I occasionally add black pepper and/or herbs to the cheese sauce, but to be honest it is really nice without.
I definitely recommend this packet sauce mix. It's cheap, easy to make and creates a tasty meal. Of course, it doesn't beat my mam's proper cheese sauce - but since she's a two-hour train ride away, this will do pretty nicely.
The sauce mix is suitable for vegetarians, but contains milk and wheat.