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.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 50minutes
Total Time 1hour
1medium head cauliflower
5ouncesgood English Cheddarsuch as Kingdom, grated
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.
Drain well, then return to the warm pot for a few minutes to draw out more moisture. Drain again.
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 tablespoon of bacon grease from the pot and return to heat.
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.
Remove from heat and quickly whisk in xanthan gum to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Preheat oven to 350F.
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.
Bake until bubbly and browned on top, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with green onions and serve.
Serves 6. Each serving has 7.77 g of carbs and 2.17 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 5.6 g.Food energy: 304kcal Saturated fatty acids: 15.31g Total fat: 24.54g Calories from fat: 220 Cholesterol: 87mg Carbohydrate: 7.77g Total dietary fiber: 2.17g Protein: 11.41g Sodium: 456mg