Low-Carb Loaded Baked Cauliflower

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Rhonda White

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@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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Need a low-carb side dish? Well, this is a fantastic cauliflower one. It's super hearty and creamy. The cheese sauce and bacon bits really do make this taste like a baked potato casserole. Crushed pork rinds on top cook until golden and adds nice texture. When hot out of the oven the cheese sauce is a little thin but thickens as it cools. This is a great low carb side dish for any occasion. The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

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

  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 saucepot. Lightly saute onion for 1-2 minutes, until soft.
  3. Slowly pour in 1 cup heavy whipping cream.
  4. Add Dijon mustard, stirring the mixture well. Reduce heat if necessary to prevent scorching.
  5. Stir in 2 cups shredded cheddar, stirring until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
  6. Stir in bacon pieces, salt, and pepper.
  7. Drain cauliflower. Add cauliflower and stir to coat.
  8. Pour into a buttered or olive-oil coated 2-quart casserole dish.
  9. Dust the top with crushed pork rinds. (No need to butter the pork rinds as their natural oils will brown and crisp them nicely.)
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until bubbly. If the top begins to over-brown, you may cover it loosely with aluminum foil.
  11. If 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 Keto
Collection: Casserole Crazy
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Recipe For: The Best Cauliflower




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