Brown Butter Cauliflower Cheese

  • 45 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Medium

Using brown butter made with St Helens Farm butter takes the humble cauliflower and elevates it into something that everyone will want to eat!

Along with the brown butter, Mature St Helens Farm Cheese makes the sauce rich with a unique goat cheese flavour and all that sits underneath a bread crumb topping that adds a golden crunch.



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  1. Heat the oven to 200c
  2. Prepare the Breadcrumbs – Place the olive oil and the breadcrumbs into a bowl and give it a good mix until the breadcrumbs have soaked up all the oil. Set the bowl aside until needed.
  3. Pour the St Helens Farm Milk into a saucepan and over a medium heat, let it heat up until just below boiling point. Once hot, turn the heat off and leave in the saucepan until needed.
  4. Place the St Helens Farm butter into a medium sized saucepan. Over a medium heat, slowly melt the butter. Once melted, keep heating the butter until it bubbles.
  5. Swirl the pan and let it bubble until the St Helens Farm butter becomes a deep golden colour. Once the St Helens Farm butter has reached the brown butter stage, remove the pan from the heat and add the flour to the pan.
  6. Using a wooden spoon or silicone spatula, stir in the flour until the flour has soaked up all of the brown butter. Turn the heat down to low and return the saucepan to the heat.
  7. While stirring constantly, gently heat the flour mixture for 2 minutes. After the 2 minutes, remove the flour mixture from the heat.
  8. Pour the hot St Helens Farm milk into the flour mixture, and using a whisk, whisk together until smooth. Return the pan to a medium heat and heat gently until the sauce becomes smooth and thickens up.
  9. Stir in the grated cheese and the Dijon mustard. Keep whisking the sauce over the heat, until the cheese melts and the sauce is a smooth.
  10. Season the brown butter sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Once the sauce is ready, remove from the heat and set it aside until needed
  11. Prepare the cauliflower – Remove the leaves from the cauliflower. Cut off the bottom of the cauliflower. Using a sharp knife, separate the cauliflower florets, slicing the larger florets into smaller pieces.
  12. Place the cauliflower into a large bowl and pour over the brown butter cheese sauce, making sure to scrape all of the sauce from the bowl. Mix the sauce and the cauliflower together so all of the cauliflower pieces are coated in the sauce.
  13. Transfer the coated cauliflower and any of the sauce into an oven proof dish. Scatter the breadcrumbs over the top of the cauliflower, making sure to get an even layer.
  14. Place the dish onto an oven proof tray and then onto the middle shelf of the hot oven. Cook until the top is a golden brown, the center is bubbling, piping hot and the cauliflower pieces are fork tender. If the top gets too dark before the cauliflower is cooked through, cover the dish loosely with foil and return to the hot oven until the cooking is finished. Once cooked, remove from the oven and serve hot or cold.