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Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Cauliflower cheese pasties (served with carrot pickles)
pea and lentil salad, cherry tomatoes and some pickled carrots. I really loved the pickled carrots - more than the ones I had made before. My experimenting in the kitchen does not always work but on this occasion the meals were winners!
More cauilflower cheese recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Cauliflower cheese soup (gf)
Cauliflower cheese macaroni
Leftover cauliflower cheese, vegetables and rice soup
My mum's cauliflower cheese
Vegan cauliflower cheese (v)
Whole cauliflower cheese
Whole cauliflower cheese
An original recipe from Green Gourmet Giraffe
1 cauliflower head
15-20 min til falls apart when a knife goes through
2 heaped dessertspoons of butter
2 heaped dessertspoons of plain flour (I used wholemeal)
2 1/2 cups milk (I used soy)
135g gruyere cheese, grated
85g extra tasty cheddar cheese, grated
1 tsp seeded mustard
few pinches salt
grind of pepper
puff pastry (ready rolled in squares)
beaten egg or milk for glazing
Preheat oven to 220 C and line a baking tray with baking paper. (Line more trays depending on how many pasties you want to maek
Steam cauliflower head in a large saucepan with about 1-2 inches of water at the bottom. Then turn off heat and leave while you make the sauce.
To make the sauce melt butter in a large saucepan or frypan. Stir in flour to make a paste and stir for a few minutes until cooked - often it is easier to tell by smelling the cooked flour but you may notice a slight darkening in colour. Gradually add the milk: just a little at first and stir until combined and creamy, continue to add in ever increasing amounts until the liquid becomes thin (this is when you stop adding: it should not be too thick as it will thicken more when you boil it and when you add cheese - you can always add a little extra milk later but it is more work to thicken). Bring to the boil and it should thicken. Now stir in the cheeses and it should thicken more. Season with mustard, salt and pepper, to taste.
Drain the cauliflower. Tip it into the cheese sauce. Stir to coat with sauce and use a wooden spoon to break up into smaller pieces.
Cut pastry into squares. Spread some cauliflower cheese on one half the square, leaving a 1cm gap around the edge of that side. Brush with egg or milk along the edge around the cauliflower cheese. Fold the pasty in half (you can do rectangles or triangles but I prefer rectangles for less fussy corners). Brush with egg or milk and use a fork to make indentations around the edges of the pastry. Pierce a few times with the fork.
Place pasties on a lined tray and bake for 15-20 minutes or until pastry is gold brown.
Inspired by The Kitchn
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 tsp caster sugar
1 tsp salt
2 medium carrots, grated
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 garlic clove, crushed
Bring vinegar, water, sugar and salt to the boil in a small saucepan and simmer for a few minutes while grating carrots. Place carrots, mustard seeds and garlic in small mixing bowl. Pour vinegar mixture over and let cool. Ideally leave for a few hours but I did have a little while it was still warm. Keeps in the fridge for a week.
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