Monday Munchies: “Mac and Cheese”
Ok so maybe I should start calling these post tasty Tuesdays! Either way this is way too delicious to not share. I made a batch over the weekend and ended up hoarding it from Josef. It is a terrific side dish that brings back those memories of the not so great for my jeans mac and cheese you likely grew up with….oh how I miss you shells and cheese.
The below recipe should serve 4. I think even the kids will like it!
So good your jeans will love it!
1 head of cauliflower
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1?2 teaspoon salt
1?2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup heavy cream
more salt to taste (optional)
1 cup cheese (4 ounces) – - I used a combination of cheeses I had in the fridge which included 2 slices of American, about an ounce of Parano, and a 1/3 cup of shredded mozzarella for the top.
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
2. While oven preheats tolls the chopped cauliflower in oil on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper (could also incorporate other spices like garlic). Roast until tender – about 25 minutes.
3. Once cauliflower is tender take it out and reduce the oven to 350°F.
4. While cauliflower is cooking get the sauce ready. Melt the butter over medium heat on the stove top. Once melted whisk in 1/2 cup of cream and 1/2 cup water (this is instead of skim milk) and let simmer until thick – about 2-4 minutes.
5. Whisk in the rest of cream and cook for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the rest of the seasoning and cheese, just leave some for the top. Stir until the cheese melts, then cook, stirring often, until thickened, 8 to 10 minutes.
6. Place the cauliflower in an 8 x 8-inch glass baking dish and pour the cheese sauce on top. Sprinkle the top of the cauliflower with the remaining cheese.
7. Bake until cheese on top melts, about 20 to 25 minutes. Enjoy!
Natillie Rauch is the co-owner of The Body You Want Fitness Solutions with fitness expert Josef Brandenburg. The TBYW Team helps people look better in their clothes and feel better while eating real food. Check out the Washington, DC personal trainer’s website at TheBodyYouWant.com