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Cheesy Baked Cauliflower with bacon and leeks |

baked cauliflower with bacon and leeks

Baked Cauliflower

Cauliflower on it’s own is not one of my favourite vegetables but this recipe makes Cauliflower an entire meal or a side vegetable dish that tastes fantastic and will feature on my plates with steaks, chicken and roasts regularly from now on. It’s very easy to make not for weight watchers but well worth it. This makes enough for 6-8 people as a vegetable side dish perfect for Sunday Roasts or a whole meal for 4 as a weekday quick meal. It will keep in the fridge for a few days so go for it, make a full portion.

What you need

1 large cauliflower
2 leeks thinly sliced
1 250g packet bacon
150ml milk
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
500ml cheese sauce (bought is also okay
3 or 4 tablespoons breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon olive oil
handfull of grated cheddar cheese

The process

Break the cauliflower into florets and steam or boil for about 10 minutes until tender but still with a little crunch.

While that is going on, fry your bacon and then add the finely sliced leeks, cook for a minute or two until the leeks have softened, add the mustard and give it a quick mix, remove and set aside.

Place the cooked cauliflower into an oven dish, sprinkle over most of the bacon and leek mixture and then give it a turn to mix in the bacon and leeks. Sprinkle the remainder of leek and bacon mix over the top.

If you are making your cheese sauce start now.

Pour the cheese sauce over the top and then mix together the breadcrumbs and olive oil in a separate bowl, mix, add the grated cheese, mix, sprinkle over the top.

Bake in a 200 Celsius oven for 15 minutes. Thats it, a delicious vegetable dish.

If you like the sound of this recipe, try the baked potato recipe and be sure to read the comments for tips on getting crisp skins.

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12 Responses to “Cheesy Baked Cauliflower with bacon and leeks”

  1. Yvonne says:

    Hi Graham, just wondering whether you have any yummy recipes using fresh limes? Have an over-abundance of them and cannot find enough different recipes to use? Many thanks.

  2. Moira says:

    How many would this recipe feed, Graham? Sorry if being pedantic but always worry when having guests ~ is it enough ~ is it too much etc??

  3. Jenny Howell says:

    Absolutely delish and cheap and cheerful and most of all quick!!!! Thanks.

  4. Tersha says:

    Graham instead of the breadcrumbs i used Frenchs Onion Rings, i also added chili flakes. this wa s very yummy dish, i looove cauliflower and the bacon in there was yumdelish

  5. Olga says:

    Hi Graham

    I love cauliflower! Going to get a cauli today to make it !

    Thanks, love your recipes.


  6. Venessa says:

    Not one of my favourite veggies, but I am definitely going to try it!

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