Low-Carb Loaded Baked Cauliflower

Rhonda White

By
@RhondaFL

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.

Let me know what you think of it!


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Serves:
8 as a side dish; 4 for a hearty lunch
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
20 Min
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)

Step-By-Step

1Steam 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.

2While 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.

3Stir in 2 cups shredded cheddar, stirring until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.

4Stir in bacon pieces, salt and pepper. Add cauliflower and stir to coat.

5Pour 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.)

6Bake 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.

7If desired, garnish with chopped scallions (green onions). Serve hot.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Southern
Dietary Needs: Low Carb
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Recipe For: The Best Cauliflower