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Cauliflower Cheese with Bacon
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Cauliflower Cheese with Bacon, a classic side dish with a twist. The cauliflower is baked in a delicious white sauce with bacon until golden and bubbling hot. A winner with the whole family, this is a recipe for every occasion. My bacon cauliflower cheese makes a great side dish for a special occasion too, and makes the best accompaniment to any roast.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: English
Keyword: cauliflower recipes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 396 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • 1 medium cauliflower head
  • 25 g butter
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 cup full-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 200 g bacon lardons
  1. Break the cauliflower head into florets, and add them to a pan with salted water.

  2. Boil for 3-4 minutes until the cauliflower florets begin to soften slightly, but they still hold their shape well.

  3. Remove from the heat, drain and set aside.

  4. Cook the bacon lardons until crispy and golden brown, then remove from the pan and set aside.

  5. In the same pan, melt the butter, then add the flour and whisk well.

  6. Pour in the milk, and whisk until it thickens into a sauce.

  7. Add the parmesan, half of the grated cheddar cheese, dijon mustard and black pepper.

  8. Mix well.

  9. Butter an ovenproof dish, arrange the cauliflower, top with bacon, and drizzle the bechamel sauce all over it.

  10. Top with the remaining cheddar cheese.

  11. Bake in the preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit) until golden and bubbling hot.

Recipe Notes
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Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Cheese with Bacon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 396 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 14g70%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 559mg23%
Potassium 630mg18%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 427IU9%
Vitamin C 69mg84%
Calcium 221mg22%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.