Baked Cauliflower Cheese
• 1 Cauliflower • 60 g Butter • 50 g Flour • 600 ml Milk • 200 g Mature Cheddar • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard • 1 pinch Nutmeg • Sea Salt • Panko Crumbs
Prepare the Cauliflower
Place the cauliflower on to a chopping board. Cut off the cauliflower leaves and cut the florets into individual pieces.
Wash the Cauliflower
Add the cauliflower to a colander and wash. Place a medium pot of generously salted water on the hob and bring it to the boil.
Boil the Cauliflower
Add the cauliflower and place a lid on the pot. Boil for 5 minutes, until al dente. Drain the cauliflower and set to the side.
Cheese Sauce Ingredients
Prepare and measure all the cheese sauce ingredients. Preheat the oven to 180c (350f).
Making the Roux
Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add flour and mix with a wooden spoon.
Cooking the Roux
Cook for 2-3 minutes mixing every 30 seconds to minute.
Making the béchamel
Add one third of the milk and whisk vigorously. Once the mixture starts to thicken add another big splash of milk and continue mixing.
Checking the Béchamel is done
Once you have mixed in all the milk, bring the béchamel to a simmer, mixing regularly. Check to see if the béchamel holds on the side of a spoon.
Making the Cheese Sauce
Turn the heat down to very low and slowly mix in handfuls of cheese until finished. Stir in mustard, nutmeg and salt.
Add the Cauliflower
Pour the cauliflower into the cheese sauce and mix.
Transfer to baking tray
Transfer the cauliflower cheese to a baking tray.
Add the topping
Sprinkle the cauliflower cheese with panko crumbs.
Bake the Cauliflower
Bake for 20-25 minutes at 180c until the top is golden brown.