Jamie’s best cauliflower & broccoli cheese

broccoli white sauce-001Ok, I know, we could just as well have called this the Jamie rewrite blog, right? Well, if you’ve got a recipe like this one and it happens to be a Jamie recipe, and you don’t keep it in your recipe box, or, in our case, in our recipe box on the cloud, then it is you who are the poorer for it. This is theĀ best cauliflower & broccoli cheese I have ever tasted. And, as it is a Jamie recipe, it is simple to make, really inexpensive to procure and will guarantee that even your kids will feast on veggies.

The secret lies in two steps – the cheese that you buy and the way you prepare the cheese sauce. The cheese is mature cheddar. Which is not the same as that bit of cheddar you found at the back of the fridge, the one that looked like a blue-green door stopper, which you scraped clean to reveal that it used to be related to cheddar, once. It is cheddar that has been aged for a looong time by a professional creamery. It is strong and dry and zings in your mouth. It is almost completely unlike the taste of a young cheap yellow-dyed cheddar. Sometimes buying a bargain will cost you in the end. Go for the best. You only need 75g. It will not melt your credit card.


Frozen Cauliflower 1 kg
Frozen Broccoli 500g
Mature Cheddar Cheese 75g
Garlic 2 cloves
Butter 50g, unsalted the best
Flour 50g
Milk 500ml
Stale bread 2 slices
Fresh thyme 2 sprigs
Flaked Almonds 25g
Olive oil a lug

How we went about it:

  1. The trick is in the sauce. Take the 50g butter and melt in a saucepan. Then add the 50g flour to make a roux. Stir until it bubbles nicely and then gradually add the milk. You will get a nice white sauce. Whisk it whilst it is thick to take care of all and any lumps.
  2. Add the 500g of Broccoli to it and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the broccoli is soft and falls apart readily. Use your Bamix or other (lesser) stick blender to blend to a beautiful creamy green sauce. Grate in half of the cheddar and season to taste.
  3. Arrange the cauliflower on a baking tray and pour the green sauce over it. Grate the remaining cheddar on top.
  4. Put the stale bread in a food processor and add the thyme leaves and almonds. Pour in a lug of oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blitz to a moist crumbly consistency.
  5. ScatterĀ this evenly over the bake.
  6. Put in a pre-heated oven at 180 Celsius and bake for an hour.

Source: Jamie’s Money Saving Meals


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