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Quick Cauliflower Cheese

cook 20 mins
  • 1 cauliflower, broken into large pieces
  • 50 g (2 oz) plain flour
  • 25 g (1 oz) butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder (optional)
  • 450 ml (3/4 pint) milk
  • 200 g (7 oz) coarsely grated cheese (Red Leicester or Cheddar cheese work well)
  • salt and pepper
  • grilled bacon, sausages or a green salad, to serve (optional)
  • Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil and cook the cauliflower for 7–8 minutes until just tender. Drain well.
  • Meanwhile, place the flour, butter and mustard powder, if using, in a medium-sized saucepan with the milk. Slowly bring to the boil, stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened. Stir in 100 g (3 1/2 oz) of the cheese and, once it has melted, season to taste.
  • Tip the cauliflower into a buttered ovenproof dish, pour over the cheesy sauce and sprinkle over the remaining cheese.
  • Cook under a grill preheated to a medium-hot setting for 3–4 minutes until golden. (Alternatively, if you do not have a grill, cook in a preheated oven, 200˚C/400˚F, Gas Mark 6, for 10–12 minutes, until bubbling and golden.)
  • Serve with grilled bacon, sausages or plenty of green salad, if desired.
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