Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cauliflower Cheese

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Cauliflower cheese is a beloved side dish, offering a comforting and cheesy flavor alongside roasts, grilled meats, or even enjoyed on its own. This recipe from the one and only Gordon Ramsay elevates the humble cauliflower to a decadent and satisfying dish.

Ingredients:

Cauliflower Cheese
Cauliflower Cheese

1 cauliflower, roughly 600g, cut into florets

  • 60g butter
  • 60g plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon English mustard powder
  • 600ml whole milk
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 100g mature Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 100g Lancashire cheese, grated
  • 100g Cheshire cheese, grated
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 200°C (fan 180°C/gas mark 6). While the oven heats up, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
    2. Once boiling, add the cauliflower florets and cook for 4-5 minutes. You want them to be just tender, not mushy.
    3. Drain the cauliflower and refresh it under cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain thoroughly again before transferring the florets to a large ovenproof dish.
    4. To make the cheese sauce, melt the butter gently in a clean saucepan. Once melted, whisk in the flour and mustard powder over low heat. This will create a roux, which thickens the sauce.
    5. Keep whisking continuously until the butter and flour are completely combined and form a smooth paste.
    6. Gradually add the milk, a little bit at a time, whisking constantly after each addition. Ensure the sauce is smooth before adding more milk.
    7. Once all the milk has been incorporated, bring the sauce to a simmer and continue whisking for a couple of minutes until it thickens slightly.
    8. Season the sauce with a pinch of cayenne pepper, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
    9. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the grated cheeses: mature Cheddar, Lancashire, and Cheshire.
    10. Pour the creamy cheese sauce over the cooked cauliflower florets in the ovenproof dish.
    11. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and thyme leaves. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the cheesy cauliflower.
    12. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly on top.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    It’s important to note that the exact nutritional value will vary depending on the specific cheeses used and portion size. However, a general estimate for a serving of Gordon Ramsay’s cauliflower cheese is:

    Calories: Around 450kcal

  • Fat: Approximately 30g
  • Saturated Fat: Around 20g
  • Carbohydrates: Roughly 25g
  • Protein: Approximately 20g
  • Sodium: Around 500mg

  • Conclusion

    Gordon Ramsay’s cauliflower cheese is a surefire way to impress your family and friends. The combination of perfectly cooked cauliflower, a rich and creamy cheese sauce, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping creates a delightful and satisfying dish. It’s perfect for a comforting weeknight meal or a special occasion.

    FAQs:

    1. Can I use a different type of cheese?

    Yes, you can definitely experiment with different cheeses. Gruyère, Fontina, or a combination of your favorites would work well. Just ensure they are good melting cheeses.

    2. Can I make this vegetarian?

    Absolutely! Simply use a vegetable broth instead of milk for the cheese sauce. You might need to adjust the seasoning slightly.

    3. Can I prepare this dish in advance?

    Yes, you can assemble the dish up to the point of baking. Cover it tightly with foil and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When ready to bake, simply take it out of the fridge, let it come to room temperature for 20 minutes, and bake as instructed.

    4. What if I don’t have breadcrumbs?

    You can substitute crushed crackers, chopped nuts, or even rolled oats for the breadcrumbs in the topping.

    5. How can I make this dish healthier?