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Crispy-Topped Cauliflower Cheese

While this makes a terrific partner for a braise or stew it’s also the stuff of leisurely Sunday lunches, partnered with a tangy green salad and a chilled bottle of white wine. We'll often make half cauliflower cheese and half macaroni cheese — use half a cauliflower and add 2–3 cups cooked pasta.

Prep Time

15 mins

Cook Time

30 mins




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1 cauliflower, cut into florets

75g butter

1/2 cup plain flour

3 cups milk

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp fine white pepper

1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

2 cups grated tasty cheese

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 cups breadcrumbs, (panko)

2 tbsp melted butter, or neutral oil

2 tbsp chopped parsley


Preheat oven to 200°C fanbake.

To make the cheese sauce, melt butter in a medium pot until sizzling but not brown.

Add flour and stir for 1 minute.

Add 1 cup milk gradually, stirring continuously until sauce starts to thicken.

Add the other 2 cups of milk and continue stirring until a thick, smooth sauce is produced.

Mix in nutmeg, season with salt and pepper and stir in cheese and mustard, stirring until cheese is fully melted.

While the cheese sauce cooks, place cauliflower in a pot with ½ cup water, cover and cook until almost tender (5-6 minutes). Drain, transfer to a medium oven dish and cover with the sauce.

Combine breadcrumbs with butter or oil and parsley. Sprinkle over the cauliflower cheese and bake until bubbling and golden (about 30 minutes). Serve hot.

Serve this with Everyday Green Salad


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