Cauliflower & Broccoli Cheese

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:

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

  1. Pre-heat grill to 180°c, gas mark 4.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Add grated cheese and mustard, cook for a further minute, stirring well.
  5. 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.
  6. Place under a hot grill for approx 6 mins or until the cheese sauce begins to bubble and become golden.
  7. 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:

  1. Buy prepared bags of broccoli and cauliflower, most major supermarkets sell these.
  2. Choose a pack of pre-grated cheese.
  3. 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.

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