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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.42 / 5 (113 votes)

Prep time:
25 min
Cook time:
25 min

A little James Martin magic adds fabulous flavour and a good deal of oomph to the old British classic, cauliflower cheese. More cheese recipes


1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and lightly cook the cauliflower florets. Drain.

2. To make the sauce, first stud the clove through the bay leaf and into the onion and place in a saucepan with the milk. Warm the milk slowly, this will allow the flavours to infuse into the milk.

3. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter, and stir in the flour. Cook over a low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the simmering milk, a ladle at a time, continuing to stir, until the mixture is thick and smooth. Bubble gently for 5-6 minutes.

4. Remove the onion and add the cream. Stir in the mustard and 200g of the grated cheese. Season to taste with salt, freshly ground black pepper and a little nutmeg.

5. Warm 3 tablespoons of butter in a frying pan and add the cauliflower florets. Roll them in the butter, without allowing them to colour, and then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

6. Set the oven to 200°/gas 6. Spoon a little cheese sauce into an ovenproof dish; arrange the cauliflower on top and coat with more of the sauce. Sprinkle the last of the grated cheddar on top and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and golden.

Variations: Any cheese that melts well can be used, Wensleydale, Lancashire or Stilton is good.


For the cauliflower

For the cheese sauce

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Latest Comment


very tasty and doesnt take long can prepare in advance

lithie lithie  Posted 21 Nov 2011 6:20 PM

love the recipe and the food is good

suetuck suetuck  Posted 11 Nov 2011 1:26 PM

I have made this time and time again, absolute comfort food and a real winner! Everyone loves it. Good side dish with a roast dinner for a crowd - tonight we are having it with sausages, roast potatoes and asparagus!

Duffster Duffster  Posted 30 May 2010 7:48 PM

Just made it for dinner very cood

JamesP88983 JamesP88983 Posted 22 Nov 2009 5:00 PM

i had just done parker bowsl rec and i taught i would look at yours and must say was verry impressed well done but i have always loved your cooking untill i went over to rachell ha maggie d,

maggieD94264 maggieD94264 Posted 21 Oct 2009 2:21 PM

Really tasty, but unless you have a HUGE cauliflower I'd make it with about 15% less sauce than the recipe suggests (but keep the same amount of cheese).

LauraM3644 LauraM3644 Posted 12 May 2009 7:00 PM