This quick to prepare recipe for cauliflower and cheese on toast makes a great snack or light meal.


  • 1 small cauliflower, picked into bite-size florets

  • 4 rashes good quality smoked back bacon, finely sliced

  • 140g/5oz mature Cheddar, grated

  • 3 tbsp crème fraiche

  • 4 roasted peppers from a jar, cut into long strips

  • 4 slices of day old sourdough or crusty bread

  • Maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 1.

    Preheat a grill to hot. Put the cauliflower into a large Pyrex bowl and cover with cling film. Cook on full power in a microwave for 4-5 minutes until tender. Pour a dash of oil into a non-stick frying pan. Add the bacon and cook until crisp. Drain well on kitchen paper.

  • 2.

    Place the cheese and crème fraiche in a bowl over gently simmering water. Allow to heat gently and stir well to make a smooth sauce. Toast one side of the bread. Drain the cauliflower and tip into a large bowl. Using a hand-blender, blitz to form a very rough puree. Gently fold in the cheese sauce, followed by the crispy bacon. Season with plenty of freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of salt and mix thoroughly. Smother the un-toasted side of each slice of bread with a quarter of the cheese and cauliflower mixture. Finish with criss-cross strips of the pepper. Finally place under the hot grill for 1-2 minutes when the toasts should be bubbling and golden.

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