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
- 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!