Kids Cooking Recipe: Cheesy Brain Bites (Steamed Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce)

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

Zombies are a favorite of mine. The kids think I’m a bit strange, but they know I love movies about the undead. And, unlike the popular vampires, I’m more intrigued by the slower, messier monsters that are zombies. πŸ˜€

Since the mantra of a zombie is ‘BRAINS!’, we try to come up with some sort of brain themed recipe each Halloween. In the past we’ve had ‘Zombie Cocktails‘ and ‘Brains on the Half-Skull‘, and this year we present ‘Cheese Brain Bites’.


Happy Halloween Cooking Everyone!

Kids Cooking Recipe: Cheesy Brain Bites (Steamed Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 cup (about 6 to 8 \'bites\')

Kids Cooking Recipe: Cheesy Brain Bites (Steamed Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce)


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • plastic cocktail swords


  • Prepare your cauliflower by breaking it into bite sized pieces. Kids can help with this. You may need to cut them to size, but a kids safety knife would work for this too, so even younger kids with some knife skills can help with this step.
  • Steam your cauliflower in the microwave or on the stove top until it is tender, but not super soft. Set it aside and make your cheese sauce.
  • Cheese Sauce
  • For the cheese sauce, it's best to stick to older kids for stirring over the heat, but younger kids can help toss in the butter, and pour in the flour. Sooo, first you toss the butter and flour into a sauce pan and heat until they melt together over a medium low heat (you are making a roux).
  • Once the flower and butter are combined, pour in your milk, stirring everything together. It will start thickening quickly. For a thinner cheese sauce, add more milk.
  • When the milk and roux are combined, add your grated cheese. You can turn off the heat at this point and just let the cheese melt in.
  • Presentation
  • Kids can place the bite size pieces of cauliflower onto the serving tray.
  • An adult or older child can then spoon cheese sauce over each bite.
  • Then, another kids or adult sticks in a cocktail sword and your cheese brain bites are ready to eat!
  • NOTE: You could also just toss the cheese sauce and cauliflower pieces together in a bowl and forgo the swords, but the make it extra fun :D

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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Michelle Says:

    This looks super yummy. Cauliflower is my all time favorite veg! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  2. the Mom Says:

    Thanks! Thank you for hosting, I love checking out what everyone is up too πŸ˜€

  3. Barbara Says:

    So cute!! Tasty and creepy! Thanks for sharing at Keep Calm and Link Up!
    Barbara at Chase the Star
    chasethestar dot net

  4. the Mom Says:

    Thanks! We’ll be back next week…thanks for hosting!

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