I’ve been experimenting again……
Hubby requested Carbonara for dinner tonight but I am trying to keep down some of the calorie intake before Christmas and trying to minimise any starchy carbohydrates so wanted something a little bit “healthier”
Last week I roasted some cauliflower which was really tasty so this set the idea in motion.
I had simply put some frozen cauliflower in the oven straight from the packet and put them in the oven along with the rest of our roast (or whatever it was in the oven) and it was so much more tasty than when boiled.
Now I sometimes make “Carbonara” with sausages rather than bacon and sausages were the “order” for today.
However when I went to the freezer there were only 2 sausages left in the pack I pulled out. I noticed that I also had 2 slices of bacon on top too so rather than rummage through to get more sausages I decided to use up those as well.
This dish is essentially a mash up of cauliflower cheese and pasta carbonara.
To start with I put about 350g of frozen cauliflower into a dish along with the 2 sausages (these were turkey) and placed the 2 or 3 slices of bacon over the top.
This all went into a 200 degree oven to start roasting. (If I had thought of it earlier I would have got all this out to defrost first)
While that was all cooking I made the sauce.
Now the proper “Carbonara Sauce” is actually made with eggs but most of the time I make a form of cheese sauce. You could make whatever your preferred recipe is. It would still be delicious.
To make my sauce I used a dessert spoon of plain flour and some unsalted butter to make a roux. I squeezed in about a teaspoon of garlic puree (use fresh garlic if you have it) and gradually added milk and a teaspoon of mustard until the sauce was the consistency that I wanted. A Good teaspoon of mixed herbs can then be added as well as salt and pepper.
Now the cheese is optional as the mustard gives a good flavour but I added a bit of mature cheddar.
I took the dish out of the oven and cut up the bacon, sausages and cauliflower into smaller more even pieces and arrange in the dish so that the meat was spread out evenly.
I poured the sauce over and put everything back into the oven for about 30 minutes.
When almost done I grated some parmesan over the top and popped it back to brown up a little.
Then serve….yummy (A bit more black pepper for me)
I think this is going to be a favourite