Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower (leaves cut off), broken into pieces
  • 500ml milk
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • garlic
  • mustard
  • paprika (optional)
  • 50g butter
  • 100g strong cheddar, grated
  • 2-3 tbsp breadcrumbs, if you have them

Method

  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, then add the cauliflower and cook for 5 mins – lift out a piece to test, it should be cooked. Drain the cauliflower, then tip into an ovenproof dish.
  2. Heat oven to 220C/200C/gas 7
  3. Finely chop garlic
  4. Melt the butter over a medium heat
  5. Add the garlic and cook for a minute.
  6. Add the flour and stir to form a roux, add the mustard and cook for a few minutes.
  7. Gradually whisk in the milk, a little at a time. Cook for 10-15 minutes to a thickened and smooth sauce.
  8. Turn off the heat, stir in most of the cheese and pour over the cauliflower.
  9. Scatter over the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs.
  10. Pop in the Cauliflower cheese and bake for 20 mins until bubbling.