A childhood favourite which turns a simple vegetable into a delicious meal. The cheese sauce makes this classic dish very easy to eat, with each mouthful rich in calories.
Cooking time: 45 minutes
1 large white cauliflower and 1 large green cauliflower, trimmed and broken into florets
25g butter, plus extra for greasing
25g plain flour
600ml whole milk
100g mature Cheddar cheese, grated
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, or 1 teaspoon English mustard
a pinch of grated nutmeg
ground black pepper
25g wholemeal breadcrumbs
50g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
chopped parsley, to serve
• Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly grease an ovenproof dish that is large enough to hold the cauliflower in one layer.
If using non-dairy milk, butter and cheese, you might want to add sautéed mushrooms and herbs to the sauce to add extra flavour.