Lighter cauliflower cheese

Lighter cauliflower cheese

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
Makeover this classic side dish with some clever swaps to reduce the fat and calories, while keeping the flavour rich and creamy

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal251
  • fat12.4g
  • saturates6.9g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre4.3g
  • protein18g
  • salt0.9g
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  • 400ml semi-skimmed milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 large cauliflower, about 1kg, untrimmed



    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • 75g extra-mature cheddar, coarsely grated



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • 25g parmesan, coarsely grated



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 1 tbsp snipped chives
  • 1½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 150ml buttermilk
    Buttermilk pancake mixture in bowl with whisk



    There are two types of buttermilk. Traditional buttermilk is a thin, cloudy, slightly tart but…


  1. Mix 2 tbsp of the milk with the cornflour and set aside. Press the garlic cloves in a garlic crusher to smash – but not crush – them. Put them in a pan with the rest of the milk and heat until just coming to the boil. Immediately remove from the heat and leave to infuse.

  2. Trim any leaves from the cauliflower and cut out the thick main stalk, then cut the cauliflower into florets. Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add the cauliflower, return to the boil, then simmer for about 5 mins until just cooked but still with a bit of bite.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Tip the cauliflower into a large colander, drain well, then transfer to a shallow ovenproof dish, about 1.5 litres (see tip, left). Mix both cheeses together. Stir 2 heaped tbsp with the chives and a grinding of pepper, and reserve for sprinkling over.

  4. Stir the cornflour mix into the warm milk. Return the pan to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring, until thickened and smooth. Remove from the heat, discard the garlic, then stir in the cheese until it has melted. Stir in the mustard and buttermilk, and season with pepper. Pour the sauce over the cauliflower to evenly coat, then sprinkle over the reserved cheese mix. Bake for about 25 mins or until bubbling round the sides and golden on top.

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2nd Apr, 2015
This was very tasty - I didn't have any buttermilk so just added some whole milk instead. I think the garlic added an extra dimension. I have given 4 stars rather than 5 because it is a bit of a faff, but I enjoyed it.
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