I took the usual visit to the big farmer's market in Bath this Saturday, which of course resulted in lots of delicious things to eat. As I'm a total glutton I thought the best approach would be to put most of it in to a dish together...The result: Cauliflowerbroccolicheesebacon bake, it's a winner.
Purple sprouting broccoli (couple of handfuls)
Excellent smoked streaky bacon (I only needed 3 rashers of the super strong stuff I got!)
Stale bread crust
2/3 pint milk
Blue cheese (I used Bath Blue, very similar to Stilton)
Cream cheese (I used sheep cheese)
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon plain flour
Chop up the broccoli and cauli into florets, boil until just soft. Meanwhile, fry off the red onion and bacon until crispy. Chop up the bread into small chunks. Crisp up the bread a little in the bacon pan.
Make a cheese sauce, bechamel style. Melt the butter in a smallish pan, when bubbling add the flour, whisk in. Add the milk very gradually to avoid lumps. season and add a sprinkling of mixed herbs and nutmeg. Bring just to the boil, gently, stirring continuously. Turn off the heat then add the desired amount of cheese (lots). stir until the cheese is melted.
Combine everything in an oven dish, whack in the oven at about 160C for about 20 mins or so, until it is looking crispy on top. Enjoy!