Bacon Cauliflower Cheese

Cauliflower Cheese with Bacon and Runner beans Recipe cooked by The Shaws!

I can in fact say, with my professional taste buds, it tastes amazing! Of course you can alter the recipe to suit – by that I mean if vegetarian then no bacon, if vegan you can use vegan alternatives.

The recipe below is what was recommended to follow although we did ours slightly different – the bacon/alternative was meant to be a side to the cauliflower cheese but we sprinkled it on top of the cauliflower cheese.

We batch cooked the cauliflower and runner beans in one saucepan.

We made a cheese sauce roux following the steps below, one of the dishes was bacon free – sprinkled cheese on top of them all then cooked for 15 minutes til crispy on top.

• 1/5 Cauliflower (leaves cut off) broken into pieces.
• 100ml milk.
• 1 tbsp flour.
• 10g butter.
• 20g strong cheddar, grated.
• 3 runner beans.
• 1 rasher of bacon cut into chunks.

1. Preheat the oven to 200c/gas 6.

2. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, then add the Cauliflower broken into pieces and cook for 5 minutes. Lift a piece out to test if it’s soft.

3. Drain the Cauliflower, then tip into an oven proof dish. Put the saucepan back on the heat and add 200ml milk, 1 tbsp flour and 10g butter.

4. Keep whisking fast as the butter melts and the mixture comes to the boil – the flour will ‘disappear’ – the sauce will begin to thicken. Whisk for 2 minutes while the sauce bubbles and thickens.

5. Turn off the heat, stir in most of the 20g grated cheddar cheese and pour over the Cauliflower. Scatter over the remaining cheese.

6. Put in the oven and bake until bubbling.

7. Meanwhile slice runner beans and put in a pan of boiling water for 5 minutes.

8. In a frying pan melt butter and add garlic. When the garlic has started to soften add in your bacon (or tomatoes as an alternative) When the bacon/tomatoes are done take off the heat.

9. Carefully drain the runner beans and place them in the garlic butter with the bacon/tomatoes until the beans are coated.

10. Serve up with the cauliflower cheese!

This recipe is from Naomis kitchen – we took part in two cooking sessions that they were doing!

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