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Cauliflower and onion cheese

Cauliflower and onion cheese

I made this when my husband had an awful cold. There's nothing like cauliflower in cheese sauce for comfort food, and onions are said to be an effective cold remedy.


Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves 4

  • 1 large cauliflower, cut into large florets

  • 1 large onion, cut into 6 to 8 pieces

  • Salt

  • 250 ml (9 fl oz) milk

  • 3 Tbsp butter

  • 3 Tbsp flour

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

  • 175 g (6 oz) Cheddar cheese, grated

  • Black pepper

  • 2 Tbsp fresh breadcrumbs (optional)

  1. Place the cauliflower and onion in a saucepan with a pinch of salt and just enough water to cover the vegetables. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

  2. Scoop the vegetables into an ovenproof serving dish with a slotted spoon, then reserve 250 ml (9 fl oz) of the cooking water.

  3. Add the milk, butter and flour to the reserved water in the pan and bring slowly to the boil, stirring all the time. Cook until bubbling and thickened, then add the mustard and half the cheese. Season the sauce to taste, then pour over the vegetables in the dish.

  4. Mix the remaining cheese with the breadcrumbs if using - this gives a crisp topping - then scatter over the dish. Brown under a hot grill before serving.

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