Cheddar, Cauliflower & Leek Gratin

  • Difficulty level : Easy
  • Type : Breakfast
  • Cuisine : French

By Lucy WilliamsTakes 10 minutes to make, 35 minutes to cook. This cauliflower gratin takes only 10 minutes to make and provides the perfect accompaniment to roast beef.


  • 30g butter 
  • 30g plain flour  
  • 400ml whole milk 
  • 3 tbsp double cream  
  • 100g mature cheddar grated
  • leek cut into chunks
  • 1  cauliflower  broken up into florets
  • a few sprigs of  thyme 


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/ fan 180°C/ gas 6. Melt the butter in a wide-bottomed saucepan. When it foams, add the flour and stir for a minute. Gradually add the milk, stirring, until you have a smooth sauce. Bubble for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and stir through the cream and cheese. Season.
  2. Meanwhile cook the leek and cauliflower in a pan of boiling salted water for 4-5 minutes until just tender. Drain well.
  3. Spoon the leek and cauliflower into a serving dish, pour over the cheese sauce, mix and scatter with thyme. Bake for 30 minutes until bubbling and golden.
  4. Nutritional info: PER SERVING Per serving: 352kcals, 25.9g fat (15.8g saturated), 15.4g protein, 14g carbs (8.1g sugars), 0.7g salt, 4g fibreWine Recommendation: Choose a Châteauneuf-du-Pape, or for excellent value, C´tes du Rh´ne-Villages