Friday Supper: Cauliflower Cheese served with Excelsior Merlot

This is classic winter comfort food. Perfect with roast chicken or if you have vegetarian guests. Serve with Excelsior Merlot.

Excelsior Merlot

Why is this the right wine choice? Merlot is a friend of everyday home-style dishes. This recipe for Cauliflower cheese requires a fairly robust red wine – Shiraz would also work well.

Cauliflower Cheese

To serve 6 you will need:

  • 1 large cauliflower (leaves cut off), broken into pieces
  • 500ml milk
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 50g butter
  • 100g strong cheddar , grated



What to do:

  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, then add the cauliflower and cook for 5 mins – lift out a piece to test, it should be cooked.
  2. Drain the cauliflower, then tip into an ovenproof dish.
  3. Heat oven to 220C/200C/gas 7.
  4. Put the saucepan back on the heat and add the milk, flour and butter.
  5. Keep whisking fast as the butter melts and the mixture comes to the boil – the flour will disappear and the sauce will begin to thicken.
  6. Whisk for 2 mins while the sauce bubbles and becomes nice and thick. Turn off the heat, stir in most of the cheese and pour over the cauliflower.
  7. Scatter over the remaining cheese.

Adapted from Good Food Magazine



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