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Kitty O’Sheas’ Truffle Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Known for its award-winning mac & cheese recipes, Kitty O’Sheas takes a unique approach on this classic comfort food recipes
Truffle Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Kitty O’Sheas

Known for its award-winning mac & cheese recipes, Kitty O’Sheas at the historic Hilton Chicago takes a unique approach on this classic comfort food recipe. The Truffle Cauliflower Mac & Cheese features Gouda, Cheddar béchamel, and currants topped with a croissant and a drizzle of miso butterscotch. It's anything but ordinary and unbelievably delicious!



For the gouda and Cheddar béchamel:

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Cup whole milk
  • 1/4 Cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 Pound smoked Gouda cheese, coarsely shredded
  • 1/4 Pound Cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded
  • 1/2 Teaspoon smoked paprika, optional
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

For the miso butterscotch:

  • 3/4 Cups cream
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 Cup miso
  • 3/4 Cups brown sugar

For the cauliflower mac & cheese:

  • 4 Cups Gouda and Cheddar béchamel
  • 1 Cup currants
  • 1 1/2 Cup cauliflower, blanched
  • 1 Tablespoon truffle oil
  • 2 Pounds cavatappi pasta
  • 1 sheet tray croissant dough
  • Miso butterscotch


For the gouda and Cheddar béchamel:

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk over moderately high heat for 30 seconds. Add the milk and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Cook over moderate heat, whisking constantly, until thickened, 4 to 5 minutes.

Add the cream, cheeses, paprika, and nutmeg and whisk just until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper.

For the miso butterscotch:

Combine the cream and butter in a small saucepan, and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter melts.

Stir in the miso and sugar and cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture is slightly thickened and shiny, 5 to 10 minutes.

Taste and add a little more sugar if you think it's too salty (remember, you'll be using it in savory dishes).

For the cauliflower mac & cheese:

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Take béchamel, currants, cauliflower, truffle oil, and pasta and fold together. Place into a baking dish and top with croissant.

Cook in oven at 350 for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool and set up so that when you cut a piece out it holds.

Once its cut drizzle miso butterscotch over the crust.  

Truffle Shopping Tip

Ingredients like olive oil, shallots, mustard, cream, stock, and butter will help bring French flavors to your cooking.

Truffle Cooking Tip

French cuisine is renowned for slow-cooked sauces, however a quick pan sauce will do just as well; after sautéing a piece of meat or fish, remove it from the pan, deglaze with brandy or wine, finish with a touch of butter or cream and voilà!