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CAULIFLOWER MAC ‘N CHEESE WITH ENGLISH CHEDDAR AND BACON

Creamy organic English cheddar and crispy bacon come together in a delicious low carb faux mac and cheese dish. Who needs noodles when you’ve got cauliflower? This post is sponsored by Kingdom Cheddar.


I wanted to create a recipe with this lovely cheddar that really played up the English cheddar flavour, without overpowering it. I wanted something simple and healthy and easy to make. The Kingdom cheddar is very smooth and buttery, so I knew it would melt well and be perfect in a low carb cauliflower mac and cheese. I added a little bacon for a heartier dish, and in the hopes that it would entice my kids to eat some. My middle child loved it and has already asked me to make some again, which I will happily do. This was a wonderfully satisfying veggie dish full of great English Cheddar flavour. Noodles and mild cheese need not apply.

Cauliflower Mac ‘N Cheese with English Cheddar and Bacon Recipe
Creamy organic English cheddar and crispy bacon come together in a delicious low carb faux mac and cheese dish. Who needs noodles when you've got cauliflower?



Ingredients
  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 6 slices bacon chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 5 ounces good English Cheddar such as Kingdom, grated
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion
Instructions
  1. Cut cauliflower into florets and place into a large pot with about 1 inch of water in the bottom. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and steam until it can be pierced with a fork but isn't mushy, 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Drain well, then return to the warm pot for a few minutes to draw out more moisture. Drain again.
  3. Meanwhile, add bacon to the pot and cook over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Remove all but 2 tbsp of bacon grease from the pot and return to heat.
  4. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds, then add whipping cream and bring to just a simmer. Add the cheddar and stir until melted.
  5. Remove from heat and quickly whisk in xanthan gum to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F.
  7. Using your fingers, shred cauliflower into small macaroni-sized pieces and place in the bottom of a casserole dish or a cast iron skillet. Sprinkle with bacon. Pour cheese sauce evenly over the cauliflower and top with additional grated cheese, if desired.
  8. Bake until bubbly and browned on top, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with green onions and serve.

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