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A dish of Romanesco cauliflower in vegan cheese
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Vegan Cauliflower Cheese Christmas Trees

A cute and vegan twist on the classic cauliflower cheese. Made with a romanesco cauliflower for a fun and festive side dish
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: christmas side, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, british, Vegan
Keyword: cauliflower, cheese, cheese sauce, romanesco cauliflower, vegan
Servings: 4
Author: Louise-Claire Cayzer


  • 1 cauliflower or romanesco cauliflower either is fine!
  • 35 g plain flour (¼ cup)
  • 60 ml sunflower oil (¼ cup)
  • 500 ml plant milk (2 cups) Unsweetend Oat or soya
  • 1 tbsp miso
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp grated vegan cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste


Prepare the romanesco cauliflower

  • Cut the cauliflower into large florets. Trim the stalk and chop too
  • Heat a large wok or frying pan, add the cauliflower florets and cook until they just catch
  • Put a large lid on over the florets and let their natural water content steam them for 3-5 minutes until softened

Make the cheese sauce

  • In a pan, gently heat the oil and add the flour
  • Stir the flour until it starts to colour a soft brown. This prevents the sauce tasting 'floury'
  • Add the plant milk bit by bit, whisking all the time to prevent lumps forming
  • Once a smooth sauce is achieved, whisk in the miso, nutritional yeast and mustard
  • Taste and add more of the flavourings if you want a stronger taste

To assemble the cauliflower cheese 'Christmas Trees'

  • In an oven proof dish, arrange the cauliflower florets and stems. Use the stems to lift up some florets so they point up further than others for a cute 'mountain' effect
  • Gently pour over the cheese sauce
  • sprinkle over vegan cheese if using.
  • Bake in a moderate (180°C/Gas Mark 4/350°F) oven for 15-20 minutes until bubbling and golden. Be careful not to burn the trees!
  • Serve immediately