Baby cauliflower cheese
I normally find baby vegetables rather faddy, but when I spotted some sweet little cauliflowers, I decided to give them a try. I am the only person at home who really likes cauliflower, so buying a large one can be rather wasteful and I loathe frozen cauliflower.
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- 4 baby cauliflowers
- Garlic, to taste, crushed
- 20g butter
- 20g plain flour
- 300ml warm milk
- 30g mature Cheddar or Mahón-Menorca cheese, grated
- 15g Parmesan cheese, finely grated
- 2 teaspoons English mustard
- A pinch of cayenne pepper
- Parsley, finely chopped
- 10g Parmesan for topping
- Preheat the oven to 200° C (400° F - gas 6).
- Boil or steam the cauliflowers until they are almost cooked.
- Drain, plunge into cold water for a few minutes, then drain thoroughly.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat.
- Add the garlic and allow to sauté gently until golden - do not let it brown.
- Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes.
- Very slowly, add the milk, a little at a time, whilst continuously stirring.
- Continue cooking slowly until smooth and thickened (about 5 minutes) - do not allow the sauce to boil.
- Add the cheeses and stir until they have melted
- Add the mustard and cayenne pepper, adjust seasoning and cook gently for a few more minutes.
- Stir in the parsley and remove from the heat.
- Pour a little of the sauce into the bottom of an oven-proof dish, arrange the cauliflowers over it, then pour the remaining sauce over them.
- Sprinkle with the extra Parmesan and bake for 15 minutes.
- Brown under a hot grill.
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