- ¼ cauliflower
A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…
- 100ml milk
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…
- 1 tbsp plain flour
- 80g plus 1 tbsp butter
Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…
- 25g cheddar, grated
Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…
- 25g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
- 10 sheets filo pastry
- 1 tsp za’atar
This Middle Eastern and Levantine flavouring changes lives once…
- ½ tsp sesame seeds
Chop or blitz the cauliflower into rice-sized pieces. Cover loosely and microwave for 5 mins, or until tender, stirring halfway. Pour the milk into a saucepan with the plain flour and 1tbsp butter. Whisk together and slowly bring to the boil, mixing all the time, until smooth and thick. Mix in the cooked cauliflower, cheddar and parmesan, then season. Leave to cool in the pan. Once cold, transfer to a piping bag or food bag and chill.
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Unfold the pastry sheets and slice into three pieces widthways, cutting through all the sheets at once. Take out three strips and keep the rest covered.
Melt the remaining butter, then use to lightly brush the pastry strips. Fold the strips in half lengthways, then brush again with the melted butter. Pipe or spread 1 tbsp of the cauliflower mixture onto the buttered pastry strips. Fold the short ends in, then loosely roll to form a cigar. Brush the end with a little butter to help seal in place. Place on the baking sheet, spacing them a little apart, then repeat with the remaining pastry strips. Brush the tops with butter, then sprinkle with the za’atar and sesame seeds. Bake for 15-18 mins until golden and crisp. Serve warm.