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Creamy cauliflower cheese with walnuts

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
From Veg Talk
A gorgeous twist on a midweek winter favourite, using three cheeses and crunchy walnuts to perk up a classic.


  1. Bring 5cm/2in depth of water to the boil in a saucepan, add the cauliflower and cook for about 8 minutes, or until tender. Drain, and return the cauliflower to the pan.

  2. Mix the cream cheese and mustard with the cauliflower, then stir in the blue cheese. Season with a little salt if necessary and plenty of pepper.

  3. Pour the mixture into a shallow gratin dish. Scatter the walnuts on top, then cover with the cheddar (this helps to prevent the walnuts from burning). Place under a preheated hot grill for 10-15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the inside hot and bubbling.

  4. Serve at once with a watercress salad.


  • 1 cauliflower, trimmed and cut into 1cm/0.5in pieces
  • 10oz/300g cream cheese
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4oz/125g blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1oz/25g walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2oz/50g cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

To serve

  • watercress salad

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