Quick cauliflower and cheese on toast

Enjoy Merrilees Parker's creative take on cauliflower cheese, here transformed into a rich and tasty snack
By Merrilees Parker
Quick cauliflower and cheese on toast
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

main

  • 1 small cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
  • dashes of vegetable oil
  • 4 rashers of smokedback bacon, finely sliced
  • 150 g mature cheddar cheese
  • 3 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 4 slices of day-old sourdough bread, or crusty bread
  • sea salt, and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 jarred roasted peppers, cut into long strips

Method

1. Preheat a grill until hot.

2. Put the cauliflower into a large Pyrex bowl and cover with cling film. Cook on full power in a microwave for 4-5 minutes until tender.

3. Pour a dash of oil into a non-stick frying pan. Add the bacon and cook until crisp. Drain well on kitchen paper.

4. Place the cheddar and crème fraîche in a bowl suspended over a pan of gently simmering water. Allow to heat gently and stir well to form a smooth sauce.

5. Toast one side of the sourdough bread under the preheated grill.

6. Drain the cauliflower and tip into a large bowl. Using a hand-blender, blitz to form a very rough puree.

7. Gently fold in the cheese sauce, followed by the crispy bacon. Season with a pinch of sea salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper and mix thoroughly.

8. Smother the un-toasted side of each slice of bread with a quarter of the cheese and cauliflower mixture. Finish with criss-cross strips of the pepper.

9. Finally place under the hot grill for 1-2 minutes until bubbling and golden. Serve at once.

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