Cauliflower Cheese (with bite!)

Cauliflower Cheese (with bite!)

This is my version of the traditional vegetable accompaniment, but with added texture and a little something extra to give a bit of bite.
ServesPrep / Cooking TimeDifficulty
6 50 minutes 1

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

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.

 

Ingredients

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

Method

  • 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.
  • Drain thoroughly (see my tip page) and place into an ovenproof dish.
  • Preheat the oven to 220°C
  • Heat up a small saucepan until hot.
  • Add the milk, flour and butter and keep whisking quickly until the butter has melted and the flour has disappeared.
  • Bring to the boil, turn down to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickens.
  • Whisk in three quarters of the cheese and stir into the sauce whilst still on the heat.
  • Pour over the cauliflower.
  • Mix the remaining cheese, mustard powder and breadcrumbs together and scatter evenly over the cauliflower sauce.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes until bubbling and golden brown on top.
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