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Spanish Asparagus and Cauliflower Cheese Bake

This recipe for Spanish Asparagus and Cauliflower Cheese Bake has been reproduced courtesy of Orce Serrano Hams -

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Proper, flavoursome Spanish cheeses make this a fantastic, gutsy, grown up supper dish. The fresh Spring asparagus and cauliflower go so well together and a full bodied Torres wine really compliments the flavours.

Ingredients for Spanish Asparagus and Cauliflower Cheese Bake

1 medium cauliflower, cleaned and broken into florets
1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed of all the tough ends
50g plain flour
50g butter
½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
pint milk
50g Spanish semicurado cheese
30g Flor d'Esgueva Manchego Cheese
Salt to season

How to make Spanish Asparagus and Cauliflower Cheese Bake

  • Cook the asparagus and the cauliflower in fast boiling salted water for around 6-8 minutes until just tender, drain and set aside.
  • Next m ake the cheese sauce by placing the milk, flour, butter, salt and pepper into a large saucepan over a gentle heat and whisk continuously until the sauce is thick, smooth and glossy.
  • Add the grated cheeses and the mustard and simmer gently for around 5 minutes.
  • Combine the sauce with the vegetables and place in a cazuela.
  • Top with a little more grated cheese and a pinch of smoked paprika if you wish.
  • Place under the grill for 10 minutes until the cheese is golden and bubbling.
  • Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Spanish Asparagus and Cauliflower Cheese Bake

Orce Serrano Hams

Published with permission of Orce Serrano Hams