I am very excited about the simple fact that I am sitting here typing these words. This is the first of my recipes I’ve shared with you since the sixth of November, when I shared the recipe for my lemon and mint cake. That’s over two months. Two months! That’s far too long. It was for a good reason, though. Do you like the new layout? I’m so pleased with it.
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Anyway. Skinny bacon and cauliflower cheese. It’s a return to posting, and it’s fitting that I return with such a recipe. This very blog was founded on me finding recipes in the SW magazine or on the website and thinking “Hmm, I think I can make that better”. That’s exactly what I’ve done here. I found their recipe for cauliflower cheese and thought “But if we tweaked that and added that, it’d be so much nicer”
I was right. Yay me.
Side note – I really hate using the word “skinny” to sum up a recipe I’ve swopped ingredients for the make it lower in calories and fat. What does calling a skinny recipe even mean? Recipes are lines of text, they can’t be skinny or fat. Is there a better phrase? Let me know in the comments.
Only two simple swaps to their original recipe – I changed their suggested of fat free natural yogurt to Quark, to ramp up the cheese content, and added bacon on top. Everything is better with bacon. Oh, and instead of putting all the cheese in the sauce I sprinkled some on top. And if you’re a vegetarian, just leave the bacon off and you’ve still got something incredibly delicious.
Oh, and FYI – I took the leftovers to work with me and had co-workers sniffing my desk and asking what I was cooking. It’s that kind of recipe.
- A large cauliflower cut into florets, or four portions of frozen cauliflower
- 500g of Quark
- 4 eggs
- 160g of reduced-fat extra mature cheddar
- 8 rashers of bacon bacon, cut into strips
- Pre-heat the oven to 200C
- Steam the cauliflower florets and arrange them in a large ovenproof dish or four individual dishes
- In a jug beat the Quark, the eggs, 110g of the cheese and lots of salt and pepper with a fork until smooth. Pour over the cauliflower
- Sprinkle the remaining cheese evenly over the top and arrange the strips of bacon over the top so they aren't overlapping too much
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese on the top is golden and the bacon is a dark pink