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  • 1 small cauliflower, picked into bite-size florets

  • 4 slices of ham

  • 140g (5oz) mature Cheddar, grated

  • 3 tbsp crème fraiche

  • 2 tsp English mustard

  • 1 tsp white pepper

  • 4 slices of day old sourdough or crusty bread

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 1.

    Preheat a grill to hot.

  • 2.

    Put the cauliflower into a large Pyrex bowl and cover with cling film.

  • 3.

    Cook on full power in a microwave for 4-5 minutes until tender.

  • 4.

    Place the cheese, crème fraiche and mustard in a bowl over gently simmering water.

  • 5.

    Allow to heat gently and stir well to make a smooth sauce.

  • 6.

    Toast one side of the bread.

  • 7.

    Drain the cauliflower and tip into a large bowl.

  • 8.

    Using a hand-blender, blitz to form a very rough puree.

  • 9.

    Gently fold in the cheese sauce. Season with the pepper and a good pinch of salt and mix thoroughly.

  • 10.

    Lay a piece of ham on each slice of toast and then smother teach slice with a quarter of the cheese and cauliflower mixture.

  • 11.

    Finally place under the hot grill for 1-2 minutes when the toasts should be bubbling and golden.

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