Super Tasty Leek & Cauliflower Cheese

If you love cheesy leeks AND cauliflower cheese, then combine the two together in this very yummy recipe. It’s great as part of a Christmas Roast…

 

Ingredients

  • 250g leek, chopped into 3cm rounds
  • 1 large cauliflower (weighing approx 1kg)
  • 75g butter
  • 3 heaped tbsp plain flour
  • 75g strong cheddar cheese, grated
  • 600ml whole milk
  • 1-2tsp grainy ┬ámustard (optional)
  • Sea salt & pepper
  • Olive oil

 

Method

  1. Cut the cauliflower into chunky florets and cook for 4-5 mins in a pan of boiling water. Drain and set aside.
  2. On a medium heat, warm a little olive oil in a non-stick pan. Add the leeks, season with sea salt and gently cook just until the leeks begin to soften. Mix the leeks with the cauliflower.
  3. Make the cheese sauce:
    1. On a medium heat, melt the butter in a non-stick pan (you can re-use the leek pan)
    2. Once the butter is melted, add the flour and use a whisk/spatula to mix together to form a roux
    3. Add the milk a little at a time, continually mixing to keep the mixture smooth and lump-free.
    4. As the sauce starts to thicken add the grated cheese, keeping a little back to sprinkle over the top, and stir.
    5. Once the sauce starts to bubble, remove from the heat. Add the mustard and season well with sea salt and pepper.
    6. Put the cauliflower and leeks into an oven-proof dish, cover with the sauce and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.
    7. Cook at 200c for 20-25 mins until the topping goes a lovely golden brown!