Low-Carb Loaded Baked Cauliflower

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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!

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
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)

How to Make Low-Carb Loaded Baked Cauliflower

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.

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About Low-Carb Loaded Baked Cauliflower

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