Cauliflower Leek Faux-Mac & Cheese

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Is there anything cauliflower can’t do? Seriously, if I were in the habit of writing odes to cruciferous vegetables, they would all be addressed to cauliflower.

Last night I tried out noodle-less cauliflower mac and cheese. I was afraid Colin would object to a dinner that was basically just vegetables and cheese, so I added a bit of chicken and a light dusting of bread crumbs. I had leeks to use up, so those went in too. Colin gave it the seal of approval. And I keep going to the fridge to nibble on leftovers.

Ingredients:

  • One large (or one-and-a-half small) heads of cauliflower
  • Chicken or bacon, optional (I used two chicken thighs)
  • The white and light green parts of two leeks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk (alternately, 2 cups half-and-half in place of milk and cream)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese of your choice. I used 1 cup cheddar and 1 cup of a swiss-gruyere mixture from TJ’s.
  • 2-3 tbsp. butter or oil
  • Red pepper flakes, garlic powder, etc.
  • Breadcrumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. If using meat, place it in a pan w/ oil and cook through. I used chicken thighs in coconut oil.
  2. Chop the cauliflower small. I tried to dice it, as much as one can dice cauliflower. The pieces were most 1/2″ or smaller in length. Place in a pot with a little water and steam, covered, until fork-tender.
  3. Chop leeks thinly. Remove the meat from the pan and add more butter or oil if necessary. Saute leeks with desired seasonings.
  4. When the leeks are soft, add cream and milk/half-and-half. Bring to a low simmer, then add cheese and stir until melted. Turn heat to low.
  5. Chop meat and add it to the cheese mixture.
  6. Drain the cauliflower well. Spread it in a baking dish, then pour over and stir in the cheese mixture. Taste test; you may want to add salt.
  7. Top with breadcrumbs and bake for 15-20 minutes.
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3 thoughts on “Cauliflower Leek Faux-Mac & Cheese

  1. It looks so creamy yes yes yum. Although I might just ruin the entire low-carb point of this meal and replace the chicken/bacon with some noodles.

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