Cauliflower Cheese with Bacon, the lazy girl’s way

Posted by Lipglossiping On September - 2 - 2011

Poor cauliflower, the most misunderstood vegetable of all.  I think they’re amazing and I’m not just saying that because today’s recipe features them heavily.  I hated cauliflower when I was growing up.  My Mum used to serve it as an after-thought, anaemic and boiled to death.

It’s actually pretty versatile and makes a great base for many dishes.  As a frequent low-carber, it’s saved my backside numerous times, making a fairly convincing substitute for fried rice (grated) and pizza dough!

But in more regular, daily use, the cauliflower is at its best when combined with cheese and bacon.  Mmmm, bacon.  When I make Cauliflower Cheese, I make a big’un as it keeps very well in the fridge, you may want to half the quantities or just live off it for a week like we usually do.

Cauliflower Cheese

1 large head of Cauliflower
3 Carrots, sliced
1 Onion, diced
350g mature English Cheddar, cut into chunks (go on, use the whole packet – I won’t tell anyone)
1 pack of Bacon Lardons/Mis-shapes/Leftover Ham (whatever you’ve got, this dish will take it nicely)

2 tins of Evaporated Milk
1 tsp Mustard
1 tsp Nutmeg (freshly grated if you can be arsed)

2 slices of Bread, made into breadcrumbs (or you can use crackers for a different kind of crunch)
50g mature English Cheddar, grated
2 Tomatoes for decoration

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius

1).  Break the cauliflower into florets trying to keep them reasonably large in size and place them in glass bowl with a few tbsp of water in the bottom.  Cover with a vented lid (clingfilm with holes poked through or microwave cover) and pop in the microwave for around 6 minutes until just tender (test with a fork).  You could of course boil or steam in a traditional steamer… but I’m being lazy remember.

2).  Cook the carrots with the same method and just check occasionally with a fork until they’re *just* tender.

3).  Fry the onion and bacon until crispy and set aside.

4).  Using a food processor, blitz the cheese, mustard, nutmeg and evaporated milk together.

5).  Grab a large ovenware dish (no need to grease it), and add the cauli, carrots, fried onion and bacon.

6).  Pour over the faux cheese sauce.

7).  Scatter the breadcrumbs and grated cheese before layering the sliced tomatoes ‘prettily’ on top.

8).  Bake in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for around 25 minutes, or forget about it and remember after 35 minutes to get it a bit burnt around the edges like mine.

Personally, I slightly prefer my Cauliflower Cheese with a proper roux base.  Mr. L prefers it this way.  L doesn’t care as-long as she gets more bacon bits than anyone else.

Lazy Cauliflower Cheese without the efforts of a homemade cheese sauce.  Bliss.


5 Responses to “Cauliflower Cheese with Bacon, the lazy girl’s way”

  1. This looks delicious. I love Cauli Cheese and what’s not to love about the addition of bacon. Yum!

  2. Tali says:

    OH MY GOD!!!!! <3 I love califlower cheese.. its the only way i can eat califlower!

  3. Robyn says:

    Ooooh, yummy, I love cauliflower cheese. I also like stuff you can live off for a week as I’m a right lazy bugger. I’ll be trying this next week, methinks!

  4. Lily says:

    Looks lovely, then again, anything with the words ‘Bacon’ and ‘Cheese’ in the title and I’m sold!

  5. DRTVrMoi says:

    This is the Chanel of casseroles. I called my husband (the house chef) to read the recipe and he swooned. We are both dieting (how silly of us) but this may be worth breaking our fast. Fingers crossed that the Yanks can translate metric. PS: Love, love, love your blog.

Leave a Reply

RANDOM

Benefit Creaseless Cream in Flatter Me

I found it, I found it! I thought I’d add a swatch to my collection of Creaseless Cream swatches… you can find the rest here. …

Darling Diva Polish Space Beetle NOTD

OH HAI MOST PRETTY POLISH IN THE WORLD.  WHERE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE? You know, it’s funny.  The nail polish community online have been …

Lipglossiping New Year Giveaway – Day 17

Um. Exciting much?! This year has seen MoroccanOil emerge as THE red-carpet standard in haircare and they’ve kindly given UK readers of Lipglossiping the opportunity …

The Liz Earle Skincare Tutorial

Last week while I was up in London, I was invited along to the Liz Earle store just off Sloane Square to experience one of …

OCC Lip Tars now stocked in the UK

Incase you’ve been asleep for the past month… OCC Lip Tars are now in stock and can be purchased from The Makeup Artist Boutique priced …

Photo Diary: An afternoon in Brighton!

As I’m writing this, it’s just gone 1am and I’ve not long got home from Brighton after spending a day enjoying the shops, doughnuts, sights, …

Butter London Shag NOTD

I’m starting to wonder if and when Butter London are gonna run out of these cutesy “British” slang terms… I reckon that when inspiration is …

Red Lips Day 3: MAC Russian Red

Day 3 brings a classic – MAC Russian Red. It’s the truest red of the lot so far… and the most matte.  I chose to …

Mavala Minis Haul

Further to my post on the Debenhams sale, I nabbed a few colours. Hello lovelies!  There’s 4 absolute stand out shades for me in this little …

Match your talons to your technology!

We’re familiar with the idea of matching our nails to our outfits, our lipsticks, and even our jewellery… but to our technology?  That’s a new …

POPULAR

CLOSED: Competition Time: Givenchy Very Irresistible L'eau en Rose Perfume!

Want to really spoil Mum this Mother’s Day?  Or perhaps you just want to spoil yourself?  It’s ok… I won’t judge… there are plenty of …

CLOSED - Win it! The Body Shop Expert Brush Collection

I don’t know about you, but I woke up this morning with a distinct “Hello Monday morning, I’ve been expecting you…” kinda feeling.  Maybe it’s …

Win a gorgeous "glow" trio with prizes from Urban Decay, New CID, & Arbonne!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED! WINNER IS: “IZABELLA” (COMMENT #96045) – WINNER HAS BEEN EMAILED!   It’s still January, the MET office have just issued yet another …

Hello? Is this thing on?

Phew, that was a little unexpected. For those of you who haven’t had the misfortune of reading my hand-wringing tweets and woe-ridden facebook updates, let …

Big savings on French Pharmacy brands, win my Escentual.com top picks!

I’m of the firm opinion that for the money, French pharmacy brands offer some of the best solutions for diffcult skin-types. Escentual.com have long been …

Win it! 3 EcoTools Bamboo Bronzer Brushes to win!

I’ve written about these before, you know I love them, I want you to love them too! So why not have a go at winning …

Avoid the brush off with Oral-B Pro-Expert

There’s a new toothpaste in town. It’s lean, mean and err not very minty as it happens.  Featuring the revolutionary bacteria-busting ingredient Stabilised Stannous Flouride, …

FOTD Busting out of the comfort zone!

You may recall my bitter moans last week about how when presented with a rare opportunity to spend an indecent amount of time playing with …

Dear Obesity...

We have been together for over 20 years, our lives so entwined that I’ve never been sure how to live without you.  I would like …

Urban Decay The Black Palette - Photos & Swatches

The soon-to-be-released Black Palette from US eyeshadow maestro’s Urban Decay is an altogether darker affair than the recent Naked set… The Black Palette includes 6, …

COMMENTS

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Admin

  • Ads