Simple Cauliflower Cheese

Serves 4.


  • 1 cauliflower
  • 55g butter
  • 55g plain flour
  • 1 tsp mustard powder or similar
  • 460ml / 1 pint milk
  • 55g cheddar cheese, plus more for sprinkling on top


  • Heat oven to 200°C, gas mark 7.
  • Remove the outer green leaves from the cauliflower, cut a deep cross in the bottom of the stem, then steam it whole for ten minutes.
  • Remove from heat to cool. It shouldn’t be soft, it should just be beginning to soften.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low heat, add the flour, mustard powder and a pinch of salt, stir and cook for at least two minutes to cook out the floury taste.
  • Start adding the milk bit by bit but quite quickly, whisking it into the flour to form a smooth sauce.
  • Continue cooking sauce for about five minutes.
  • Add the grated cheese and stir until melted, then remove from heat.
  • Break the cauliflower florets off the central stalk and put in a greased baking dish which can hold them all in one layer.
  • Pour the cheese sauce over the cauliflower, covering all the florets. Sprinkle with grated cheese and some black pepper.
  • Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, till the sauce is bubbling and golden brown on top.
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