I cannot think of a more rich and indulgent side dish than this one. It’s super easy to make but it’s so rich, creamy and utterly delicious! If you are not a big fan of broccoli or cauliflower I promise you will definitely like this dish! The cheesy besciamel sauce add so much indulgence to these very humble vegetables making them utterly scrumptious.
If you want to make it extra cheesy add in some of you favourite vegan cheese to make it even more decadent.
Make a large tray enough for 4 people
About 1 small head of broccoli and 1 small head of cauliflower
1 white onion finely sliced
1-2 tbsp of fresh rosemary finely chopped
1 tbsp of oil for frying
500ml of unsweetened soy milk
1 vegetable stock cube
2 tbsp of arrowroot powder or corn starch
3 tbsp of nutritional yeast
Plenty of black pepper
A generous handful of ground almond or breadcrumbs to sprinkle on top
Optional: almond flakes to sprinkle on top to add a bit of crunch
To make it extra cheesy: about 150gr of you favourite hard vegan cheese, the one I found work the best are cheddar style one which they melt. My favourite is Follow Your Heart Gouda Style Cheese
Chop the broccoli and cauliflower in florets an place them on a large tray with a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Roast them in the oven for 15 minutes.
In the meantime add the finely chopped onion to a large pan with a dash of olive oil and the chopped rosemary. Cook the onion on a low/medium heat for 5-8 minutes until it starts to caramelise. Measure the soy milk and add in the arrowroot powder, give it a good whisk so it dissolves properly into the milk. Pour the milk mixture into the pan with the onion and add in the nutritional yeast, stock cube and black pepper. Cook the cheesy sauce for about 5-8 minutes until it starts to thicken up and become kind of besciamel sauce consistency. Make sure to keep whisking it to avoid any lumps. If using add in the grated vegan cheese and give it a really good mix. Pour the cheesy sauce on top of the broccoli and cauliflower. Sprinkle the ground almond or breadcrumbs and add the flaked almonds. Cover the tray with some foil and bake it in the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes remove the foil and cook for another 10 minutes until the top starts to go golden and crispy. Make sure to serve them straight away while still warm!