Cauliflower Cheese Gratin with Crispy Bacon
- 1 small cauliflower approximately 450-500g
- 50 g butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 400ml milk
- 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
- 2 tablespoons cream cheese
- 100g grated mature cheddar cheese*
- 50g grated parmesan
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 tablespoons fresh white breadcrumbs
- 30g grated mature cheddar
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- 4 thin cut rashers streaky bacon cut in half
- 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
To prepare the cauliflower:
Prepare the cauliflower by removing any foliage and cutting into 4-5cm florets.
Fill the 3-ply stainless steel 20cm sauté pan with approximately 500ml water and ½ teaspoon of salt add the cauliflower florets, put the lid on and bring to the boil over a medium heat.
Simmer for 5-6 minutes until just tender but not soft. Drain into a colander or sieve and set to one side.
To make the sauce:
Melt the butter in the sauté pan over a low to medium heat. Once hot stir in the flour and remove from the heat.
Beat in the milk, a little at a time, until it is all incorporated
Stir in the other sauce ingredients
Return to the heat and cook stirring all the time until the sauce becomes thick and glossy.
To make the gratin:
In a small bowl mix the breadcrumbs, cheese and the paprika together and set aside.
Stir the cooked cauliflower into the sauce and sprinkle over this the breadcrumb mixture.
Place under a medium heat grill approximately 10cm away from the element and cook for 5-6 minutes until bubbly and brown. Whilst the gratin is cooking, grill or pans fry the bacon until crisp.
Serve the gratin toped with the crispy rashers and a dusting of freshly chopped parsley.