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Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

While it may not seem like it, cauliflower is amazingly versatile, and our version of the iconic mac and cheese recipe is sure to put an end to even your toughest food cravings. We recommend trying cauliflower as a substitute in all of your favorite pasta dishes. It makes for an enticing twist and deserves a spot in your roster of vegetables.

45 min 4 servings
Salty Cheesy

ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 10½ oz Castello® Extra Mature Cheddar
  • 1½ tbsp corn-starch
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp breadcrumbs

preparation

Our take on this delicious alternative to the original mac and cheese combines creamy cheese sauce with mild and slightly nutty cauliflower. Dive in on your own or treat guests to a savory and wonderful dining experience. With our interpretation of the ultimate Cauliflower Mac and Cheese recipe, you are in for a treat.

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Remove the stem and cut the cauliflower into florets. Blanch for 4-5 minutes and immediately put in ice water to stop the florets from cooking further. In a new pan melt the butter, add breadcrumbs and toast until the breadcrumbs are golden and crispy.

2. In a saucepan pour in chicken stock, bring to a boil, add whole grain mustard and freshly ground black pepper. Grate grated Castello® Extra Mature Cheddar mix with corn starch. Lower the heat to medium, add the grated cheddar in with the chicken stock and stir until the cheese has melted. Continue to stir until you get a nice smooth sauce.

3. Add the cauliflower florets and carefully stir until the florets are covered with sauce. Pour the cauliflower mac and cheese into a coated baking dish and sprinkle with toasted breadcrumbs.

4. Bake for 30 minutes at 350° F and serve right away.

When deciding what cheese to pick, finding one with the right flavor profile and texture is key to getting the signature mac and cheese taste. Displaying both rich taste and a texture perfect for melting, our Castello® Extra Mature Cheddar offers bite and creaminess, slowly covering your palate in a smooth finish. Matured for up to 17 months, the consistency is crumbly and slightly grainy from the naturally formed salt crystals in the body. It spreads evenly and stands in perfect contrast to the piquant whole grain mustard.

The rich and savory palate of our Castello® Extra Mature Cheddar pairs beautifully with a gentle Pinot Noir, while a stronger Cabernet Sauvignon provides a deeper and more intricate profile. When deciding what beer to go with, look for ones with slight bitterness and sweetness, e.g. Brown Ales or Pale Ales.

Tips & tricks

Mac and cheese is an extremely versatile dish, and your options are almost unlimited in terms of ingredients and flavors. There is no need to confine yourself to just one way of preparing it. If you feel like mixing it up, get inspired by some of the many other iterations of mac and cheese. There are a plethora of variations and styles to choose from, and our crockpot- and lobster versions taste just as incredible when paired with cauliflower instead of pasta. If you want to add something extra to your Cauliflower Mac and Cheese, green beans, broccoli and vegetables in general make for delicious additions.