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Christmas Canapés, Cauliflower Cheese Rolls

Christmas is getting close, whoop! So for the next few weeks we are going to add to our recipe section, various canapés that will make your mouth water.

As cheese lovers here at English Gardens, our first choice was the Christmas Cauliflower Cheese Rolls.

This is a very easy recipe, so here goes.

cauliflower and cheese rolls recipe, Christmas Canape Recipes


  • ¼ cauliflower

  • 100ml milk

  • 1 tbsp plain flour

  • 80g plus 1 tbsp butter

  • 25g cheddar , grated

  • 25g Parmesan, grated

  • 10 sheets filo pastry

  • 1 tsp parsley, chopped

  • Spinach (optional)

  • ½ tsp sesame seeds


  • Chop the cauliflower into very small sized pieces. Cover and microwave for 5 mins, or until tender, stirring halfway. Pour the milk into a saucepan with the plain flour and 1 tbsp butter. Whisk together and slowly bring to the boil, mixing all the time, until smooth and thick. Mix in the cooked cauliflower, cheddar, spinach, chopped parsley and Parmesan, season. Leave to cool. Once cold, transfer to a container and chill. 

  • Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. and heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.

  • Unfold the pastry sheets and slice into three pieces width-ways, cutting through all the sheets at once. Take out three strips and keep the rest covered.

  • Melt the remaining butter, then use to lightly brush the pastry strips. Fold the strips in half length-ways, then brush again with the melted butter. Spread 1 tbsp of the cauliflower mixture onto the buttered pastry strips. Fold the short ends in, then loosely roll to form a cigar shape. Brush the end with a little butter to help seal in place.

  • Place on the baking sheet, spacing them a cm apart, then repeat with the remaining pastry strips. Brush the tops with butter, sesame seeds. Bake for 15-18 mins until golden and crisp.

  • Serve warm.

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