Cauliflower Macaroni Cheese
8.8 oz cauliflower, cut into florets
1.5 cups milk
1 tablespoon oil
2 rashers middle bacon, sliced into bite sized pieces (optional)
1 brown onion, chopped
1 cup cream
1 1/4 cups grated tasty cheese
3/4 cups gruyere cheese
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs
2/3 cup grated tasty cheese extra
2 tablespoons of butter, cut into cubes
Preheat oven to 180C/350F or preheat grill. Place a large pot of water to boil and cook cauliflower in the water until soft or steam it. Remove from the water and cool for 5 minutes. Then blitz the cauliflower in a food processor Meanwhile cook the macaroni in a pot of salted boiling water until al dente – ensure that it does not get too soft. Drain and set aside.
Grease a large (about 30x25cms) baking dish. In the same saucepan, heat the oil and fry the onion and bacon until onion is soft and translucent and bacon is cooked-about 5 minutes. Then add the cream, milk and nutmeg and wait until it comes to a boil, turn it down to a simmer and add the cheeses, cauliflower and macaroni.
Place the cheesey macaroni mix in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle over with breadcrumbs and cheese and then dot with butter cubes. Bake in preheated oven for 5-10 minutes.