Señor's cauliflower cheese

    35 min

    Based on my mum's old recipe, I've added a few twists. this is a treat and a comfort food gem in every way.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 cauliflower, cut into florets
    • 55g (2 oz) butter
    • 45g (1 1/2 oz) plain flour
    • 110g (4 oz) mix of grated Cheddar and Parmesan cheese
    • 3/4 teaspoon English mustard
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 handful fresh breadcrumbs
    • 4 rashers streaky bacon

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Rinse the cauliflower, place in large pot and boil in salted water for some 5 minutes until tender but still with a bite in the stalk. Drain, but reserve 150 to 200ml of the cooking water.
    2. Preheat the grill to high.
    3. Heat the butter in a small pan, stir in the flour and cook for a minute or so. Blend in the milk and bring to the boil, stirring until thickened, no lumps.
    4. Add the reserved cooking liquid, most of the cheese, pepper and mustard. Stir well until cheese melted.
    5. Place cauliflower into a greased baking dish, pour the sauce over and scatter the remaining cheese over the top. Sprinkle over the breadcrumbs.
    6. Put cauliflower mixture under the hot grill until cheese on top is golden and bubbling.
    7. Meantime, fry bacon rashers until crispy.
    8. Once the dish is done, sprinkle crispy bacon over the top and serve.


    Great with crusty bread.

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