- Preparation and cooking time
- Serves 6
Pop this classic side dish in the oven when you take your roast chicken out to rest, so there's no hot shelf juggling
- STEP 1
Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, then add 1 large cauliflower, broken into pieces, and cook for 5 mins – lift out a piece to test, it should be cooked.
- STEP 2
Drain the cauliflower, then tip into an ovenproof dish. Heat oven to 220C/200C/gas 7.
- STEP 3
Put the saucepan back on the heat and add 500ml milk, 4 tbsp flour and 50g butter.
- STEP 4
Keep whisking fast as the butter melts and the mixture comes to the boil – the flour will disappear and the sauce will begin to thicken. Whisk for 2 mins while the sauce bubbles and becomes nice and thick.
- STEP 5
Turn off the heat, stir in most of the 100g grated cheddar cheese and pour over the cauliflower. Scatter over the remaining cheese, and 2-3 tbsp breadcrumbs if using.
- STEP 6
Put in the oven and bake for 20 mins until bubbling.