Cauliflower cheese toastie – you read it here first. The comforting deliciousness of cauliflower cheese in the crunchy yum of a toastie. Inspired? I think so. Just the word toastie makes me want to put brightly striped socks on, sit in front of a fire and wipe away melted cheese from my chin. When I suggest a toastie for lunch my kids reach an almost apoplectic level of happiness, and it makes me realise the simplicity of their desires: they would live off cheese and bread in various guises if they could.
And adding cauliflower to the mix doesn’t feel like I’m messing with a classic. Instead I’m adding a classic to a classic – a good thing, surely? I will let you be the judge. Check out our video here on it or follow the recipe below. The one thing you will need is a toastie maker – definitely worth the investment. You can get them cheap from supermarket (about £9), but they make really small sarnies. I got in touch with Cuisinart and they sent me the one I use in the video and have used ever since. It’s bigger and accommodates your usual sliced bread, as well as having a different set of plates which allows you to feel all continental and make a panini.
Gourmet toasties surely there’s a series in that. Anyone got any ideas or recommendations?
Gourmet cauliflower cheese toastie
Half a cauliflower
2 spring onions
Salt & pepper
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp butter
20g cheddar cheese
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
80g grated cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C (fan)
Cut the florets from the cauliflower and put in a baking tray. Season and toss in oil. Add spring onions, whole. Place in oven for around 25 minutes.
Once cooked blitz cauliflower in food processor with wholegrain mustard.
Chop cooked spring onions.
Make bechamel sauce: Heat milk in saucepan.In a separate saucepan melt butter and stir in flour. Cook for one minute. Add hot milk and stir in, until mix is a thick consistency.
Add mustard and cheese. Stir until evenly mixed and then take off the heat.
Put the toaster maker on. Butter bread on one side.
Place bottom slice of bread in toaster – butter side down – and smear inside with bechamel sauce.
Sprinkle over half the grated cheese, then the chopped cauliflower and the cooked spring onions. Spread bechamel sauce on the other slice of bread and place on sarnie, with buttered side up. Close sandwich maker and cook for 4-5 minutes.