Mel and Mal's Cauliflower Cheese (with bite!)

  • 1 whole Cauliflower, stalk removed and cut into florets
  • A good pinch of salt
  • For the Cheese Sauce:
  • 500ml milk
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 50g butter
  • 150g strong cheddar, grated
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp of dried mustard powder

This is my version of the traditional vegetable accompaniment, but with added texture and a little something extra to give a bit of bite.

You could use paprika instead of the mustard to add colour and this adds a spiciness to the dish.

Serves : 6        Prep/Cooking Time : 50 minutes

Tip : Ensure that you drain the cauli off very thoroughly but draining through a colander then returning to the pan which has been wiped out with kitchen towel, then put the lid back on for a couple of minutes. This is ensure that you don't get a watery looking sauce when you put it all together.


Cook the Cauliflower

Place the cauliflower florets into a large saucepan with boiling water, add a pinch of salt, pop on the lid and let it cook for 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat, drain and then cover in cold water for 5 minutes. This is called 'refreshing' and will stop the vegetable from over cooking and falling to pieces in the final cooking process.

Drain thoroughly (see my tip) and place into an ovenproof dish.

Make the Sauce

Heat the oven to 220°C

In a small saucepan, add the milk, flour and butter and keep whisking quickly until the butter has melted and the flour has disappeared. Bring to the boil and you will see the sauce thicken up.

Keep whisking whilst the sauce bubbles and thickens right up then turn off the heat and stir in 3/4 of the cheese, then pour over the cauliflower.

Finish the Dish

Mix the remaining cheese, mustard powder and breadcrumbs together and scatter evenly over the cauliflower.

Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes until bubbling and browned on top.

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