Microwave cauliflower cheese
Cook the British classic, cauliflower cheese, easily by making it in the microwave. It can work as a main or side dish for a Sunday roast
- Serves: 6 persons
- 1large cauliflower
- 10 ½tbsp cornflour
- 300ml whole milk
- 5 ½tsp English mustard
- small bunch of thyme, leaves picked
- 150g mature cheddar, grated, plus a little extra (optional)
- 25g butter
Step 1Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Reserve the leaves, except any tough ones. Put the stalk pieces in a microwave-safe bowl, then the florets. Add 1 tbsp water and cover. Microwave for 8 mins until tender, then remove and drain, if needed. Transfer the cauliflower to another microwave-safe dish.
Step 2Tip the cornflour and a splash of the milk into the bowl used to cook the cauliflower, and mix to a smooth paste. Whisk in the rest of the milk. Season. Stir in the mustard, thyme and cheddar, then pour this over the cauliflower. Top with the cauliflower leaves and dot over the butter. Microwave on high for 5 mins until the cauliflower is tender and the cheese has melted. Will keep chilled for up to 24 hours. Leave to cool first. Sprinkle with a little extra cheese, if you like, and finish under a grill or in a combi microwave until golden.