Cheesy cauliflower & bacon gratin

Cheesy cauliflower & bacon gratin

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(21 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins - 50 mins

Easy

Serves 4
This very indulgent version of cauliflower cheese is inspired by the après-ski classic, tartiflette

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal817
  • fat57g
  • saturates29g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre9g
  • protein29g
  • salt2.12g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 200g smoked bacon lardons or cubetti di pancetta
    Bacon

    Bacon

    bay-kon

    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 2 large onions, sliced
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 800g potatoes, thickly sliced
    Potato

    Potato

    po-tate-oh

    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 1kg cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets
    Cauliflower

    Cauliflower

    coll-ee-fl-ow-ah

    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • 100g medium-mature cheddar or Gruyère, coarsely grated
    Gruyère

    Gruyère

    groo-ee-yeah

    Gruyère is an undoubted pinnacle of traditional Swiss cheese-making, a culinary masterpiece as…

  • 250ml double cream

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the bacon for 5 mins until just starting to crisp. Add the onion and sizzle for 12 mins until soft and golden.

  2. Meanwhile, tip the potatoes into a large pan of water, making sure they are well covered. Bring to a gentle boil, then add the cauliflower and cook everything for 6-7 mins until both are tender. Tip into a colander and drain thoroughly.

  3. In a gratin dish, layer the potato and cauliflower, then scatter with bacon, onion and a small handful of cheese. Drizzle each layer with a little cream and season. Continue until all the layers are finished, pour over the remaining cream and scatter with the last of the cheese. Bake for 30 mins until bubbling. Remove from the oven and set aside for 1 min to rest. Serve straight from the dish with a crisp green salad.

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tipsytizzy
10th Oct, 2016
Tried today with green salad....delish xx
nandavies
9th Aug, 2015
Delicious, didn't have enough cauliflower so added carrots and cooked with the potatoes. Served with diced cucumber, spring onions and lettuce. Lovely!
Caralee White
6th Jan, 2015
5.05
Made it last night......Absolutely devine, so much so that my Son asked if he could put the Chicken Schnitzel back in order to have more, and my Daughter proceeded to have a bowl this morning after finishing her cereal for breakfast!!!!
catkins62
5th Jan, 2015
5.05
This was delicious. Used smoked back bacon. Added tomatoes. Didn't measure cheese but used a mix of mature cheddar + a little bit of v strong blue. Leftovers will be partner's lunch for tomorrow ☺
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suejenkins
20th Oct, 2013
I had half a cauli left over and decided to give this a try. Am I glad I did! I also used more than 100g of cheese+ but it makes a lovely lunch time dish and would be very welcome on a cold winters night warmed through from the day before as an easy after work meal with a lamb chop or two! Next time I'm going to try smoked lardons and paprika.
familychef
7th Feb, 2013
5.05
Just made this for the first time, A-MAZ-ING. I used cheddar cheese, I didn't weigh this, I sprinkled over what looked right (probably a lot more than 100grms) and used the whole pot of cream - 300ml, oh yes I used thick sliced smoked back bacon. Served with runner beans, asparagus and mange tout. Ample for 4 people and very much enjoyed. Will be having this regularly
brandjus
6th Feb, 2013
Loved this recipe as did my wife (and she's a tough cookie) I made this for 2 and only had 400g of potatoes but pretty much kept all ingredients (little more cheese and 30ml more cream) the extra cream made the dish a little more saucy. Think next time I will add more garlic (didn't use gruyere cheese) and add some mushrooms. All in all this was a great dish
crazymothercooker
12th Nov, 2012
4.05
We really enjoyed this recipe. Would like to try it with leek instead of cauliflower.
annmorrell
29th Oct, 2012
This is a brilliant, have made it several times
vleugel00
10th Oct, 2012
lovely recipe, made this several times. The kids love it!

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