Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cauliflower and Bacon Gratin

Ahh the holidays, time for bonding with your family, sharing laughs, giving presents, and absurd amounts of cheese and bacon. This rich and cheesy dish is perfect to bring to any holiday party or heck make it for yourself in June but just make it. 

-1 Large Head Cauliflower, Cut into florets
-3 TBSP Butter or Butter substitute (I used Organic Earth Balance) 
-1 Cup Monterey Jack Cheese, Shredded
-1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
-1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
-1.5 Cups Hot Milk (I used So Delicious Coconut Milk) 
-2.5 TBSP Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (I used Trader Joe's version) 
-2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
-1/3 Cup Bacon, Cooked and Chopped *or more bacon, it's always a good decision 
-1/4 TSP Sea Salt
-1/4 Cup Gluten Free Breadcrumbs 

Grate your cheeses, now eat the cheese, okay now grate some more. 

-Preheat your oven to 375 Degrees
-Prep your ingredients
-In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Add your cauliflower florets and cook for about 4-5 minutes until cauliflower is a bit tender but still fairly firm. Drain cauliflower and set aside.
-In a medium saucepan, over low heat, melt 2 TBSP of the butter (or butter substitute), add in gluten free all purpose flour and stir constantly for about 2 minutes. Pour the heavy whipping cream and hot milk (Or milk substitute) into your butter/flour mixture. Slowly raise the heat and bring to a boil while whisking constantly until the mixture has thickened. This takes about 1-2 minutes, it depends if you are using milk or a milk substitute. 
-Take the mixture off the heat and add in your salt, minced garlic, 3/4 Cup Monterey Jack Cheese, and 1/4 Cup Parmesan. Mix well.
-Pour a little bit of the mixture on the bottom of your baking dish (8x11 or two smaller ones) Place the cauliflower in the baking dish, top with some of your crumbled bacon (not all) then pour the rest of the cheese sauce over the cauliflower. Add the rest of the bacon, 1/4 cup Monterey Jack Cheese and the Gluten free breadcrumbs. Melt the remaining 1 TBSP of butter and drizzle over the top. 
-Bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Serve hot and enjoy! 

1 comment:

  1. Good job with the post. Thank you for sharing the recipe.