Tonight my friends and husband went to a wonderful restaurant, which I frequented before I made my dietary changes. One of the dishes I loved to order from this restaurant is mac’n’cheese and I knew I would be horribly tempted if I even entered this establishment. Instead of setting myself up for failure, I decided to stay home and attempt to create a cheesy and satisfying dish I could eat within the confines of my diet.
Normally when making a cheese sauce, you first make a bechamel sauce, using a roux, and then add cheese. Because I am committed to not eating gluten and to eating low-carb, I needed to find another recipe for when I splurge. Instead of using the roux, I thicken this sauce by first thickening the cream and then adding cheese. For the cheesy cauliflower, I first roast the cauliflower in the oven to add another layer of flavor and to concentrate the sugars.
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups freshly grated cheese
1/4 tsp ground mustard
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
- In a sauce pan, heat the milk over medium-high heat until it is boiling.
- Continue boiling until the sauce is thickened like a cream sauce, about 15 – 20 minutes.
- Add the ground mustard, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. Stir to combine.
- Reduce heat to low and starting adding cheese by the handful. Whisk they sauce until the cheese is completely melted and then add your next handful. I normally use whatever cheese I happen to have on hand – some cheeses that I find best for this application are fontina, smoked gouda, edam, havarti, brie, aged cheddar, and asiago. I do not grate the cheese ahead of time or purchase grated cheese because this adversely effects the quality of the sauce.
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Serve immediately.
1 lb fresh or frozen cauliflower
4 tbs olive oil
2 cups cheese sauce
1 cup grated cheese
- Place rack in the top one third of the oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Place cauliflower in a casserole dish and cover with olive oil.
- Roast for 10 minutes, turn, and roast for 10 minutes more until some browning is present.
- Remove cauliflower from oven and then add the cheese sauce and sprinkle with cheese.
- Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and browned.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes and serve.