Monday, September 27, 2010

Cauliflower cheese with mustard

Cauliflower cheese with mustard / Lillkapsas sinepi-juustukatte all

This is a delicious cauliflower cheese, but not like the one you know. Instead of a much more traditional Bechamel sauce and cheese topping, this one is covered with a mixture of uncooked double cream, grated cheese and gutsy mustard. Much easier to make, yet very flavoursome and delicious. We love it as a vegetarian main dish, but it'd also make a nice side dish to some good-quality British bangers (cauliflower cheese being such a classic British dish after all).

Cauliflower Cheese with Mustard
(Sinepine lillkapsa-juustuvorm)
Serves 4-5

Cauliflower cheese with mustard / Lillkapsas sinepi-juustukatte all

1 large head of cauliflower
salted water, for boiling

butter, for greasing

200 ml whipping cream or double cream
2 Tbsp grainy mustard (I like Maille's Moutarde à l'Ancienne)
150 g grated cheese (Cheddar, Havarti, Eesti juust - it's your call)
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
some fresh herbs (I like dill here)

Cut the cauliflower into florets. Put the florets into lightly salted boiling water and boil for about 10 minutes, until cauliflower is cooked. Drain thoroughly, then place into a lightly buttered medium-sized shallow oven dish.
Mix cream, mustard and most of the cheese in a bowl, season with salt, pepper and herbs. Spoon the cheese mixture over the cauliflower florets and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.
Bake in a preheated 200 C / 400 F oven for about 10-15 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the topping is lovely golden.


Cherine said...

This looks so good!

David T. Macknet said...

Ooh, yummy! Have only made this a couple of times, but it's been worth it!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely twist on my all-time favourite vegetable. Thank you.

Kalyn Denny said...

Oh yes, I would love this dish.

Alanna Kellogg said...

OH MY - gorgeous, Pille and you're right, so much easier than making a cheese sauce!

PS It must be cauliflower season, I'll post a recipe tomorrow for a gorgeous head of cauliflower.

to vrange said...

Sounds yummy - and so easy to make! Thank you! =)

maxivida said...

I made this yesterday for dinner and it was delicious. Forgot to include dill, but it was still yummy. Thanks for the recipe.