Low-Carb Loaded Baked Cauliflower

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Serves: 8 as a side dish; 4 for a hearty lunch
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Cooking Method: Bake

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower - washed and cut into florets
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 tsp tangy dijon mustard
2 c shredded cheddar cheese
1 c heavy whipping cream
1/2 jar(s) hormel real 50% less fat bacon bits (or pieces)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3/4 c (more or less, to taste) finely crushed pork skins (pork rinds)
1 green onion, sliced, for garnish (optional)

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Rhonda White Recipe
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Rhonda's notes for this recipe:
My meat-and-potato guys missed their baked potatoes when we started a low-carb lifestyle, so I whipped up this quick-and-easy replacement dish, and we decided we like it even more than a boring baked potato!

This dish serves four as a filling lunch, or eight as a side-dish.

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Directions

1
Steam cauliflower florets in about 1/2 inch of water in a covered dish in the microwave, about 6 minutes or until slightly tender.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2
While cauliflower steams, melt butter over medium heat in a heavy-bottomed 2-quart sauce pot, and lightly saute onion for 1-2 minutes, until soft. Slowly pour in 1 cup heavy whipping cream. Add dijon mustard, stirring mixture well. Reduce heat if necessary to prevent scorching.
3
Stir in 2 cups shredded cheddar, stirring until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
4
Stir in bacon pieces, salt and pepper. Add cauliflower and stir to coat.
5
Pour into a buttered or olive-oil coated 2-quart casserole dish. Dust the top with crushed pork rinds. (No need to butter the pork rinds, as their natural oils will brown and crisp them nicely.)
6
Bake at 350 degrees in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until bubbly. If top begins to over-brown, you may cover it loosely with aluminum foil.
7
If desired, garnish with chopped scallions (green onions). Serve hot.
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user Rhonda White RhondaFL - Sep 18, 2013
Rhonda White [RhondaFL] has shared this recipe with discussion group:
Low-Carb and Lovin' It!
user Bob Cooney firemanbob59 - Sep 18, 2013
Thanks for posting... PINCHED and Shared... :)
user Sharon Colyer Cmom02 - Sep 18, 2013
Thanks for posting this recipe Rhonda! I am a diabetic, so low-carb is good for me.
user LaVonna Guimard Fllavonna - Sep 18, 2013
My family has gone low carb and we enjoy any new recipes to give a good variety of low carb eating.

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