Cauliflower and Leek Bake

A perfect accompaniment to an Easter feast or delicious on it's own for supper. Recipe produced by AGA Specialist Dawn Roads. 

Cauliflower and Leek Bake in Portmeirion dish

900g cauliflower florets

1 large or 2 medium leeks, thickly sliced and washed

2 roasted red peppers, from a jar, sliced

75g butter

75g plain flour

900ml whole milk

Salt and black pepper

2 tsp English mustard

125g mature Cheddar cheese, grated

1. Bring water to the boil in an AGA Stainless Steel Saucepan. When it is boiling, tip in the cauliflower florets and cook for 3 minutes then add the thickly sliced leeks. Continue to cook for a further 4-5 minutes until the florets are just tender.  

2. Drain and pour into a roasting dish, the Portmeirion for AGA Roasting Dish is ideal for this, scatter with the red pepper slices reserving a few for garnish before serving.

3. Make the sauce by placing the butter, flour and milk into a large AGA Cast Aluminium saucepan. Place on the simmering plate and, using a non-stick friendly (silicone or wooden) whisk, stir continuously until the sauce has heated and thickened. Simmer for a couple of minutes.  

4. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the mustard and 100g of the grated cheese. Pour the sauce over the vegetables and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

5. Slide the roasting dish onto the third set of runners down in the roasting oven and cook for 30-40 minutes until the top has browned and the contents are bubbling – turn the roaster around once for perfect browning if necessary.

6. Garnish with a few red pepper slices and serve piping hot.

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