Cauliflower Cheese

Recipe by lazyme
READY IN: 50mins




  • Heat the oven to 395F/200C/Gas 7.
  • Remove the green outer leaves from the cauliflower and steam whole over a pan of boiling water for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the cauliflower from the heat and leave to cool.
  • Place the butter and flour into a large saucepan.
  • Over a low heat stir the butter and flour until the butter has melted and the flour is incorporated.
  • Add the salt and mustard powder and continue stirring for 2 minutes.
  • Turn the heat up to medium and add the milk in one go and whisk furiously until all a smooth sauce is formed.
  • Continue stirring until the sauce is thickened and glossy (about 5 minutes).
  • If the sauce is very thick add a little more milk, the sauce should be thick but still runny.
  • Add the grated cheese and stir until melted.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Break the cauliflower florets from the thick, central stalk taking care not to break it into tiny pieces.
  • Place the florets in a baking dish large enough to hold all the florets in one layer.
  • Pour the thickened cheese sauce over the cauliflower ensuring all the florets are covered.
  • Sprinkle with grated cheese and a good twist of black pepper.
  • Bake in the hot oven until the sauce is bubbling and golden brown on the top, approximately 30 minutes.