16 October 2009

Cauliflower Cheese with Serrano Ham

Cauliflower cheese is one of those recipes that is great served up in the winter months. When you need something hot and tasty this dish fits the bill with an added sprinkling of diced serrano ham and pepper the flavours really do come alive.

Ingredients: Serves 4

1 medium whole broccoli
1 medium whole cauliflower
250g Serrano ham (diced)
50g plain flour
50g butter
500ml milk
100g mature cheddar cheese, grated (plus a little extra for topping)
Ground pepper

How to Make:

1. Wash the broccoli and cauliflower and separate into large florets

2. Cook the broccoli and cauliflower in salted boiling water for 8-10 minutes until cooked but still crunchy then drain and place in a deep cazuela/casserole dish.

3. Make up the cheese sauce. Melt the butter in a saucepan and then add the flour, mix well together until you get a smooth paste and then cook for a few minutes to remove the taste of the flour. Remove the pan from the heat and slowly add about one third of the milk, whisking all the time to maintain the smooth paste. Add the rest of the milk, return the pan to the heat and whisk continuously until you have a smooth white sauce. Add the cheese and a little black pepper and whisk a little more, then leave to cook for a few minutes.

4. Add the Serrano ham to the sauce then pour the sauce over the broccoli and cauliflower and mix everything together, ensuring a good covering. Sprinkle with a bit more grated cheese and place in a hot oven for about 15 minutes until the cheese in golden and bubbling nicely.

Feel like experimenting? Try this dish with thinly sliced hot chorizo...

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