Recipe: Romanesco Cauliflower Cheese


This recipe puts the geeky ingredient to great use in a summery version of a comforting family favourite… it’s an ultimate version because we pimp every element!


  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 heads of romanesco cauliflower
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 40 g flour
  • 40 g butter
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 25 g gruyere cheese
  • 75 g cheddar cheese
  • 50 ml double cream
  • 1 handful of pancetta, diced
  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 1 handful of toasted almond flakes
  • 400 ml whole milk
  • 25 g parmesan
Dry the tomatoes

Step 1

Dry The Tomatoes

Preheat an oven to 110ºC. Place the tomatoes onto a baking tray and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 2 hours until dried.

Blanch the cauliflower

Step 2

Blanch The Cauliflower

Heat a pan of salted water to a boil. Cut the cauliflower into florets. Blanch the cauliflower in the boiling water for 4-5 minutes, until just cooked, then drain and set it aside in the fridge for later.

Make the cheese sauce

Step 3

Make The Cheese Sauce

Melt the butter in a saucepan with the bay leaf and stir in the flour to make a paste. Cook it for a minute. Pour in the milk a little at a time, whisking all the time and making sure the mix is smooth before adding more. Once you’ve added all the milk, allow to bubble gently for a couple of minutes, then add the mustard, nutmeg and both cheeses. Stir to combine and melt before pouring in the double cream. Mix it and set aside!

Finish the sauce

Step 4

Finish The Sauce

Fry the pancetta in a dry frying pan until it goes very crisp. Stir them into the cheese sauce.

Finish and serve!

Step 5

Finish And Serve!

Preheat the oven to 220ºC. Layer the sauce and cauliflower florets into a baking dish so that some florets are still visible. Roughly blitz up the bread and scatter it, along with the parmesan and remaining almond flakes, in-between the visible florets. Bake the dish for a 10 minutes, until the breadcrumb mix is well browned. Serve at the table and let every dig in! Serves 4-6

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