- 300g long-stem broccoli, trimmed, bottom ⅓ chopped into small chunks
- 2 tbsp butter
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 2 tbsp flour
Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…
- 400ml milk
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 60g mature cheddar, grated
Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…
- 2 slices of thick crusty bread (we used sourdough), toasted and torn into chunks
- parmesan or vegetarian alternative, to top
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Put the broccoli in a casserole dish, add 1 tbsp water and roast in the oven for 10 mins while you make the sauce.
Melt the butter in a small pan over a medium heat, add the flour and cook until it bubbles and thickens, take off the heat and whisk in a big splash of the milk. Return to the heat and slowly add the rest of the milk. Stir in the mustard and cheese and season well.
Remove the broccoli from the oven, add the chunks of toast to the dish, mixing them up with the broccoli. Pour the cheese sauce over. Grate the parmesan over the top and put back in the oven for 10 mins, turning on the grill for the last 3 mins, until the top is golden and the dish is bubbling. Leave to sit for 5 mins before serving.