Recipe: Cauliflower Cheese Gratin

Posted on Apr 20 2016 - 10:00am by Samantha Clark

Cauliflower Cheese Gratin

Blow everyone away this Sunday with the most perfect cauliflower cheese.


1 large cauliflower, broken into similar-sized florets
40g essential Waitrose Dairy Butter
40g plain flour
500ml whole milk
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
Good pinch of cayenne pepper
50g essential Waitrose English Mature Cheddar, grated
50g essential Waitrose French Emmental, grated
40g fresh breadcrumbs
½ x 25g pack fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6. Cook the cauliflower florets in a pan of boiling water for 8–10 minutes until very tender, then drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan then add the flour and cook for a minute or so, stirring until smooth. Gradually whisk in the milk. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring to thicken. Remove from the heat and stir in the mustard, cayenne, Cheddar and half the Emmental.
  3. Add the cauliflower to the sauce and gently mix together until well coated. Tip into a 1.2-litre ovenproof dish.
  4. Mix the breadcrumbs together with the remaining Emmental and the chopped parsley. Scatter evenly over the top of the cauliflower. Sit the dish on a baking sheet, cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for a further 10 minutes until piping hot and golden brown.

Nutrition 381kcals/18.7g protein/23.3g carbohydrate/10.1g sugars/ 23.7g fat/14g saturated fat/3.5g fibre/1.1g salt per serving

For more ideas, check out the Waitrose recipe site.

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