Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts Cheese

The cheesiest, most sumptuous way to eat your sprouts, courtesy of Lotte Duncan.

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • DifficultyEasy
40g butter
4 tbsp plain flour
570ml semi-skimmed milk
A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
1 tsp English mustard
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, or vegetarian alternative
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
200g mature Cheddar cheese, grated
50g Gruyére cheese, grated
1 large cauliflower
400g Brussels sprouts
White breadcrumbs
25g butter

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Melt the butter in a medium, non-stick saucepan, remove from the heat and stir in the flour, mixing well. Now gradually add the milk, stirring all the time until it is completely incorporated. If it’s a bit lumpy, get a whisk to it!

Return the pan to the heat and bring the sauce to the boil for one minute over a medium heat, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon, until it thickens.

Remove the pan from the heat again and stir in the nutmeg, both mustard's, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning. Go easy on the salt though as there is plenty in the cheese. Stir the cheeses into the sauce, reserving one tablespoon of the Cheddar.

Steam the vegetables until just softening – you want them to retain a bit of crunch, as you are going to cook them again.

Cook the breadcrumbs in butter until just starting to turn golden brown.

Place the steamed vegetables into a 1.2 litre ovenproof dish and cover with the cheese sauce. Sprinkle with the reserved Cheddar cheese and with breadcrumbs. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until golden and bubbling.

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