Cauliflower Gratin; Bonnie, the new Bunny-Slayer

Bonnie got her first bunny.

There is currently a lively debate going on chez nous, as to whether or not that is a good thing.

The person who was sitting quietly in the warm house at his computer (who shall remain nameless) thinks it's wonderful and lavished Bonnie with much praise.

The person who was racing through the wet, muddy field, in the dark, in her stocking feet (having been knocked out of her shoes in the fray) trying to get Bonnie to release the bunny, has a different opinion on the matter.

Bonnie, the self-appointed Bunny-Catcher, doesn't give a rat's ass about either opinion.  

She wants to get back out there, find the bunny and finish the job….. Although I don't think she's quite sure what that entails.  Is she supposed to kill it?  Eat it?  Play with it? Give it to me as her contribution to the family coffers?

We left it huddling, thoroughly terrified and likely close to death, by the side of the house as we, torch in my teeth, trying to get my shoes on with one hand and hang on to Bonnie with the other, fought (that would be me) our way back to the gate and into the fenced yard.

(After getting Bonnie to release the bunny I lost my grip on her collar – at which point she promptly fetched the rapidly fleeing bunny back to me.

At which point I made her let it go again.

It was then I realized I was no longer wearing shoes.) 

Sigh…..

The reason I was walking the puppies in the dark was that we were late getting home.  We had been scouring the département for cranberries.

But, for now, I'm exhausted…..

I'll have the cranberry story next time….

This time let's get to the cauliflower.

Mon mari assures me that thus us one of the best cauliflower dishes I've made – and he loves cauliflower!

The base recipe came for Kalyn's Kitchen: 'Twice-Baked Cauliflower'.

This was truly delicious – thanks Kalyn!

Cauliflower Gratin
Cauliflower Gratin

1/3 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced

1.5oz (45gr) bacon, chopped
2 tsp olive oil
3 tbs Greek yogurt
2oz (60gr) white cheddar cheese, shredded 

Cauliflower Cheese Gratin

Steam cauliflower until very tender. 

Sauté onion, garlic and bacon in olive oil until bacon is crisp and onion starting to brown. 

When cauliflower is done, put into a bowl, add yogurt and lightly mash.  Add bacon, onion and mix well.  Spoon into 2 small gratin dishes (or 1 larger one) and top with cheese.  Bake, 400F (200C) for 20 minutes, until nicely browned. 

I love it when good stuff is easy.

Rabbit for dinner anyone? 

11 thoughts on “Cauliflower Gratin; Bonnie, the new Bunny-Slayer”

  1. Katie,
    After all the garden problems you’ve had with bunnies YOU LET IT GO????
    AND you didn’t praise Bonnie for being a great hunter and defender of the hearth and home? Oh poor Bonnie. 😉
    Do you realize how many children that “poor little bunny” can produce? 🙂
    “Normal gestation is about 30 days. The average size of the litter varies but is usually between 4 and 12 babies, with larger breeds having larger litters. A kit (baby rabbit) can be weaned at about 4 to 5 weeks of age. This means in one season a single female rabbit can produce as many as 800 children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren”
    Please send Bonnie to me. The foxes and coyotes aren’t working hard enough here. 🙂
    BTW, The cauliflower gratin looks fabulous. You can send that too. 🙂
    Best wishes for rabbit season,
    Chuck

  2. I guess I agree with Chuck!! Besides, a rabbit for dinner is very, very good. Your cauliflower looks pretty good also. A nice side for braised rabbit.

  3. I’m with you, Katie, I’d have let it go – and mourned its passing if it dies. Still, I see many more rabbit dinners in your future, if the dogs have anything to say about it.

  4. You do not want dismembered rabbits strewn around and that might happen if the dogs get a taste for hunting. Though maybe it was a one off !! I am in agreement with you, Katie. I know they are pests but I would not want my dog eating them. What if the rabbits are infected with myxamatosis, could that harm the dog ?? Anyway, what a muddy adventure and what a lovely gratin to enjoy after it all.

  5. another great use for cauliflower. Just finishing supper now–pork chop and cauliflower gratin. delicious. did the chop in the oven with the gratin

  6. Was it a rabbit or a hare?
    I was walking the neighbor’s spaniel on a lead last week….Suzie reached in the hedge and grabbed a young hare. Pure luck on her part! The hare squealed bloody murder, as only they can, and I hoped it would have a quick death. Suzie dispatched the little hare and I let her carry it back to barn. She was very proud! Her owner took the hare, we praised the dog and the hare was going to go in the pot for the dogs’ dinner.
    Dogs will be dogs, doing their job.

  7. Brassfrog, yeah, yeah…. I know. But I really don’t want to encourage them to chase stuff. We have too many rabbits and too many hunters. And I’m a little concerned that it might not have been healthy…. She got it too easily. And our neighbor clubbed one with a stick the other day – they could be sick.
    Susan, I love rabbit – just not the skinning and gutting part. I can buy rabbits, in their skin at the markets if I want to try.
    Zoomie, I want them dead and gone – just not by my puppies LOL
    manningroad, I’m a bit concerned about myxamatosis – the rabbits seemed to have slowed down, lately. Don’t know if diseased bunny parts could harm the puppies – makes me ill, tho. ;-))
    Gary, one can never go wrong with bacon. Never!
    John, great idea…. easy – we like easy.
    Roz, it was a rabbit – we’re infested. I’m too squeamish to deal with the results, sad to say. I suppose I’d do it if I have too – rather not LOL

  8. Ah! The perfect golden-brown, gooey, delicious texture for a gratin – well done! This is the ideal comfort food on these cold winter days.

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