A delicious and unusual way to serve gammon steaks
- 4 small, raw gammon steaks
- 1 large cauliflower, cut into florets
- 100ml half-fat crème fraîche
- 85g cheddar, grated
- 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
MethodSnip the sides of the gammon steaks with kitchen scissors so they don’t curl up too much when they cook. Put the gammon onto a baking tray, then grill on one side for about 10 mins until the fat is crisp. Meanwhile, cook the cauliflower in boiling water for 5 mins until tender. Drain and tip into a bowl with the mustard, crème fraîche and two-thirds of the cheese and give it all a good mix.
- 1 small cauliflower, leaves removed and broken into small florets
- 1 small head broccoli, broken into small florets
- 50g butter
- 50g flour
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 500ml milk
- 100g strong cheddar, or vegetarian alternative
- 2 tbsp snipped chives
- In a very large saucepan, cook the cauliflower in boiling salted water for 5 mins. Then add the broccoli and cook for 3 mins more. Drain well and transfer to a large ovenproof dish.
- To make the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a small pan. When foaming, add flour and mustard powder, and cook for 1 min, stirring constantly. Take off the heat and add the milk, a little at a time, stirring constantly to get rid of any lumps. Once half the milk has been added, return to the heat and add the remaining milk. Keep stirring and bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer and cook for 2 mins, until thickened and smooth. Add most of the cheese and some seasoning then take off the heat and add the chives.
- Pour the sauce over the vegetables and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. This can be done the day before and kept covered in the fridge. Cook in the oven with the pork for 35-40 mins until bubbling, allowing an extra 5-10 mins cooking time if from the fridge. Serve with the pork.
- 225g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
- 140g cold unsalted butter, roughly cubed
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2-3 tbsp ice-cold water
- 1 small cauliflower, broken into smallish florets
- 100g thick-cut unsmoked streaky bacon, roughly chopped
- 3 large free-range eggs
- 284ml carton double cream
- 175g/6oz cheese, finely grated (combine two or three of the following: parmesan, cheddar and gruyère or emmental)
- 2 tbsp snipped chives
- good grating of nutmeg
- To make the pastry, briefly whizz the flour with a pinch of salt in a food processor, then add the butter and whizz until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Whisk the egg yolk with 2 tbsp water and pour in. Process until the pastry forms a ball round the spindle, add a 1⁄2-1 tbsp water if necessary. Pat into a thick disc, wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes or up to 48 hours.
- Return the pastry to a cool room temperature. Roll out as thinly as you can and line a 4cm deep, 23cm round tart tin with a removable base. Tuck pastry into the corners, without stretching it, and trim off the overhang (
watch our video which shows how to do this neatly). Chill for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to fan 170C/conventional 190C/gas 5. Line the pastry with foil (no need to prick pastry), weigh it down with ceramic or dried beans, then bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove foil and beans, and cook for another 5-7 minutes until the pastry has lost all rawness but is still pale golden.
- Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of salted water to boil, add the cauliflower and cook for 5 minutes, timed from when the water’s back to the boil. Drain well and leave to cool.
- Spread out the bacon in a cold non-stick frying pan and cook over a low-medium heat for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the fat runs and the bacon’s coloured but not crisp. Leave to cool.
- Combine eggs, cream, all the cheese, chives and nutmeg with black pepper and a little salt. Stir in the cauliflower and bacon, then pour the mixture into the case. Bake for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the filling is set but just trembles. Leave for 30 minutes, as quiche is at its best served warm.
- 250g macaroni
- 1 head cauliflower, broken into pieces
- 25g butter
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 2 tsp English mustard powder
- 450ml milk
- 100g cheddar, grated
- Cook the macaroni following pack instructions, adding the cauliflower for the final 4 mins.
- Melt the butter in a pan, then stir in the flour and mustard powder and cook for 2 mins. Gradually add the milk, stirring all the time to get a smooth sauce. Add three-quarters of the cheese and some seasoning to the sauce.
- Drain the macaroni and cauliflower and stir into the cheese sauce. Transfer to an ovenproof dish, then sprinkle over the remaining cheese and flash under a hot grill until golden and bubbling. Serve with a green salad, if you like.