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Cauliflower Cheese with Bacon

By DonSpain (GoodFood Community)
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  • Easy
  • Serves 4
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Ingredients

  • 1 Cauliflower - with leaves removed and cut into sprigs;
  • 60g/2oz Butter;
  • 45g/1½oz Flour;
  • 300ml Whole Milk;
  • 120g/4oz full flavoured Cheese (½ Parmesan ½ Cheddar) - grated and mixed together plus 1oz extra for spreading;
  • ¾tsp English Mustard - or 1tsp Dijon;
  • Handful or so fresh Breadcrumbs
  • 4 Streaky Bacon Rashers;
  • Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper

Sauce

  • 1 Cauliflower - with leaves removed and cut into sprigs;
  • 60g/2oz Butter;
  • 45g/1½oz Flour;
  • 300ml Whole Milk;
  • 120g/4oz full flavoured Cheese (½ Parmesan ½ Cheddar) - grated and mixed together plus 1oz extra for spreading;
  • ¾tsp English Mustard - or 1tsp Dijon;
  • Handful or so fresh Breadcrumbs
  • 4 Streaky Bacon Rashers;
  • Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
  • Cheese
  • Mustard
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Flour

Method

  • STEP 1
    Rinse the cauliflower sprigs, place in large pot and boil in salted water for some 5 minutes or so until tenderish but still has a bite in the stalk;
  • STEP 2
    Drain, BUT reserving 150/200ml of the cooking water;
  • STEP 3
    Heat Grill to max
  • STEP 4
    Melt the butter in a small pan, stir in the flour and cook for a minute or so;
  • STEP 5
    Blend in the milk and bring to the boil, stirring until thickened - No Lumps;
  • STEP 6
    Add the reserved cooking liquor, 100g cheese, pepper and mustard and stir well until cheese melted;
  • STEP 7
    Place cauliflower into a greased baking dish, pour the sauce over and scatter the remaining cheese over the top;
  • STEP 8
    Sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and put cauliflower mixture under the hot grill until cheese on top is golden and bubbling;
  • STEP 9
    Meantime, fry bacon rashers until crispy;
  • STEP 10
    When cheese dish ready, sprinkle crispy bacon over the top and serve
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