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Cauliflower Cheese

Cauliflower Cheese

ingredients

Served 4-6

1 head of cauliflower, cleaned and broken into large pieces
40g salted butter
40g plain flour
400ml milk
100g mature cheddar cheese, grated
1 pinch of ground nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp. seasoned bread crumbs

method

1) Take the cleaned cauliflower pieces and blanch in boiling salt water for 3-5 minutes, strain and leave to cool slightly

2) In a separate pan over a medium heat add the butter until melted. Add the flour to the melted butter and cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring constantly to keep the flour from clumping up.

3) Heat the milk in a separate saucepan over a medium heat until hot. Do not boil.

4) Slowly add the heated milk to the flour mixture, whisking constantly to keep it smooth. Once smooth add ½ the grated cheese to the mixture and cook over a medium heat until the cheese has melted and the sauce is the consistency of thin custard.

5) Place the cooked cauliflower into a baking dish and pour over the cheese sauce. Top with the remaining cheese and sprinkle with nutmeg, salt and pepper.

6) Bake at 180°C (gas mark 5) for 20/25 minutes or until it's bubbling hot and the cheese is golden brown.

7) Sprinkle with seasoned bread crumbs and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

8) Serve hot