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Cuisine: British & Irish
Food Type: Vegetarian
No of Portions: 4
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Ingredients & Prep

   1 Cauliflower large remove florets cut stalks/leaves
   100 g  Butter melted
   1/2 tsp  Dried thyme
   1/4 tsp  Salt
   1/4 tsp  Black pepper freshly ground
   150 g  Fresh breadcrumbs
   30 g  Parmesan grated
   1/2 tsp  Dried thyme
   100 g  Butter melted
  Cheese sauce
   325 ml  Whole milk
   200 g  Strong cheddar or gruyere grated
   50 ml  Double cream
   50 g  Butter unsalted
   25 g  Plain flour
   1/2 Veg stock cube or gel pot
   1/2 tsp  Black pepper freshly ground
   2 pinch  Nutmeg ground (optional)
  Creamed leeks
   500 g  Leeks trimmed washed & thinly sliced
   50 g  Double cream
   50 g  Butter
   1 tbsp  Wholegrain mustard
   1 Lemon zest only
   1/2 tsp  Black pepper freshly ground
   1/2 veg stock cube or gel pot


  Step 1
Pre heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 6, in a bowl place melted butter, thyme, salt & pepper, mix together, then add cauliflower florets, stalks chopped & leaves & coat, tip cauliflower into a baking dish/tin, cover with tin foil & bake in the oven for 20 mins, remove foil, set aside.
  Step 2
For the crumble topping, blitz the bread & dried thyme in a food processor to a crumb, tip in a bowl & mix in the melted butter pepper & grated Parmesan, sprinkle crumble over the top of the baked cauliflower, re-bake in the oven uncovered for 20 to 25 mins or until golden brown.
  Step 3
Make the cheese sauce, put butter in a saucepan & melt, add flour & mix in & cook until it bubbles, add milk slowly whisking all the time, when all the milk had been added & smooth, add cream, cheese, pepper & nutmeg if used, whisk until smooth & continue to cook until it bubbles for 1 min.
  Step 4
Creamed leeks, melt butter in a pan, add leeks & cook until soft, add cream, stock cube & reduce by half, add mustard & lemon zest & season with salt & pepper.
  Step 5
Place cauliflower on a warm serving platter, serve sauce & leeks in separate bowl to share.

Suggestion & Tips

You could add some ground cumin in on the first bake, use different types of cheese. You could use broccoli.
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