I’ve always loved cauliflower cheese and sometime ago I blogged about the recipe my Mum first made for my Dad on their honeymoon. Now my son 2 year old son likes this dish and I decided to update it to include broccoli, adding an extra vegetable to any meal is a bonus! I made this last night and was surprised by how quickly dinner was made, in under 30 minutes we had a healthy, delicious and inexpensive meal.
Here’s my recipe:
- 1 large cauliflower
- 1 large head of broccoli
- 300ml (½ pint) milk
- 110g (4oz) grated mature cheddar cheese
- 3 tbsp plain flour
- 50g (2oz) butter
- 1 tsp mustard
- 12-16 cherry tomatoes quartered
- handful fresh thyme
- 50g freshly grated parmesan
- Plenty of toast or savoury scones
- Pre-heat grill to 180°c, gas mark 4.
- Trim the cauliflower and broccoli and cut into florets. Cook cauliflower in salted water for 10-15 minutes or until just tender, cook the broccoli for approx 5-8 mins.
- Meanwhile, add the butter to a hot saucepan and melt, stir in flour to make a thick paste, then slowly add the milk stirring continuously until the sauce thickens, boils and is smooth*, simmer gently.
- Add grated cheese and mustard, cook for a further minute, stirring well.
- Place cooked cauliflower, broccoli and quartered tomatoes into a large shallow dish, pour cheese sauce over and sprinkle fresh thyme and grated parmesan on top.
- Place under a hot grill for approx 6 mins or until the cheese sauce begins to bubble and become golden.
- Serve with toast or warm savoury scones.
*If your sauce is lumpy push through a sieve to make smooth.
Top Tip – To make this meal quicker:
- Buy prepared bags of broccoli and cauliflower, most major supermarkets sell these.
- Choose a pack of pre-grated cheese.
- Swap my homemade white sauce for a ready made jar of béchamel sauce.
Ways to vary this meal:
- For a dinner party serve this along with the main meal as a yummy side dish or alternative to vegetables.
- Try adding some stilton to the cheese sauce to give a different flavour.
- Serve the dish with some cooked bacon for a more filling dish.
- Swap regular broccoli for purple sprouted broccoli – a great way to add this superfood packed with goodness to your diet.
This post was contributed for Sauce Communications.