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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole | Keto Friendly
This Loaded Cauliflower Casserolerecipe is Keto friendly, and gluten-free, with tender cauliflower, bacon, and cheese. It’s a family favorite alternative to loaded baked potatoes
This recipe originally appeared on Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen in Feb 2018 but has been updated as a Keto Friendly recipe.
Are you ready for some good ol’ fill your belly cheesy yummy comfort food?
Yes, I am telling you that this Loaded Cauliflower Casserole is straight up comfort food. Scouts honor ✋
This recipe came to be because it has been SO damn cold here in the PNW.
Like teeth chattering, finger numbing, makes your nose run, COLLLLLLLD!!
Every morning I take Hawk out to do his business I am crunching through the grass. Frozen grass! Bbrrrrrrr
What is funny is that if it would snow here it would actually be warmer! Weird right? It took me a hot second to understand that concept. I mean, coming from So Cal, this girl was just used to if it is 95 it is hot and, if it is 65, it is cold.
Simple, plain, easy.
Then I moved to Western Washington and would hear things like “It is too cold to snow”. 😯
That has this beach girl completely baffled. #blondmoment
Then I had someone sit down and explain it to me and I was like “Oooooooh I get it now”.
OK, I am a little slow, but I get there.
Anywho, let’s get back to this fantabulous cheesiness 👆
When it is uber cold like this, my body screams for comfort food which in the past meant something cheesy, creamy, and carb loaded.
So this is kinda what happens when a healthy side of cauliflower meets mac and cheese and they have a delicious baby. A baby that, after one bite, you want to hide in the corner with and not share with a single soul, EVAH!
I have images of the seagulls from Finding Nemo in my head right now 😂
But, once you give this a taste, you will 100% understand what I am saying.
This recipe is perfect for 8 people as a side.
If you want it as a meatless Monday kind of thing it would be perfect for 4 people, sans bacon of course.
😲 Did I just say to leave the bacon out???
Is bacon really meat though? I mean, I think of it more like a seasoning. It just brings more flavahhhh 😆 #kiddingnotkidding
Yes, by all means, leave out the bacon if you want a complete veggie version BUT maybe add more veggies like tomatoes, avocado, or spice it up with some jalapeno?
Me? I was just going for a potato skin + mac and cheese kind of thing and I hit that nail right on the head.
Honestly though? I am kind of obsessed with cauliflower right now and Kevin is all onboard with that, so I have been crankin’ out a ton of ways to serve it.
So, keep an eye out for my next recipe 😉
Bonus for my keto peeps, there is only 6 net carbs per serving!
Yield: 6 to 8 servingsAuthor: Bobbi Hass-Burleson
Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
This Keto friendly casserole is the best of all worlds. Think potato skin + mac and cheese + cauliflower = a dish your whole family will go crazy for.
prep time: 5 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 35 mins
1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
6 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
4 green onions, chopped
Fresh cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
Chives, chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook cauliflower until tender, 5 minutes. Drain well.
In a large saucepot, over medium heat, melt butter. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add heavy cream and bring to a low simmer. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the cheese and the onion powder, whisking until combined and thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add drained cauliflower and all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon to the pot and stir until combined. Top with remaining cheese and bacon.
Bake for 30 minutes until the cheese is nice and bubbly.
Allow the casserole to cool slightly before serving.
First….YES too cold to snow!! Living in Canada I know all about it. Come on SUMMER!!! Next, we totally love cauliflower. This looks delicious, and would be a great side to many meals. I would just eat this all by itself. YUM!!
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