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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Steamed cauliflower florets tossed with cream cheese, shredded cheese, bacon, and chives!  Ultimate comfort food casserole.  This easy baked cauliflower recipe is ready in under 30 minutes.

 

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Welcome to My Kitchen Serenity!  I’m excited to share with you this easy cauliflower recipe.  And for our low carb and keto eaters, y’all know cauliflower is an excellent replacement for potatoes, so each serving of this recipe contains only 3.86 net carbs.

 

Cauliflower is so popular now, who knew it could be so versatile.  From cauliflower rice to cauliflower pizza crust!  From cauliflower gratin to a whole roasted cauliflower!  I mean, it’s just amazing.  Even on my blog, I have two other cauliflower recipes, you should check them out:  Spicy Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower and Stuffed Bell Peppers with Cauliflower Rice.  

 

This loaded cauliflower casserole is one of my favorite side dishes! It must be the bacon, sour cream, cheese, and chives that make it so comforting.  You might even call it a loaded cauliflower casserole simply because of those delicious ingredients.

 

What to Serve with this Cauliflower Casserole 

I could eat this cauliflower casserole all by itself as a main dish!  But if you want to serve it as a side dish, pair it with my Best of the Best Meatloaf, fried chicken, my Baked Lemon Pepper Wings, steak, or even pork tenderloin.

 

Tips for making this Loaded Cauliflower Recipe

  • Use all of the seasonings in the ingredient list.  It really makes a difference in the flavor!
  • Use full-fat cream, cream cheese, shredded cheese, and real butter for the full comfort food experience.  
  • Use fresh chives.   I have planted some in a flower pot in my backyard; when I need them, I go out and snip a few.

 

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Ingredients for Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Cauliflower florets, chopped into bite-sized pieces
Cream cheese, cut into chunks
Heavy cream
Unsalted butter, softened
Garlic powder
Dried dill
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Italian cheese blend, shredded
Bacon, cooked and crumbled
Fresh chives, chopped

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How to Prepare Loaded Cauliflower

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place the chopped cauliflower in a steamer basket on top of a pot with boiling water and steam until fork-tender, around 6-7 minutes. (Alternatively, purchase frozen cauliflower florets and cook in the microwave according to package directions).  Remove from heat (or microwave) and transfer cauliflower into a cold water bath to prevent further cooking. Drain well and pat dry.
  3. Transfer steamed cauliflower to a large bowl and add cream cheese, heavy cream, butter, garlic powder, and dried dill. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and toss to combine.
  4. Transfer to oven-safe casserole dish and top with shredded cheese blend and crumbled bacon. Place in pre-heated oven and bake until cheese is melted and nicely browned on top, around 8-10 minutes.  Remove from oven and serve immediately topped with fresh chives.

 

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Tips for Buying, Storing, and Preparing Fresh Cauliflower

I found an excellent article on tips for buying, storing, and preparing fresh cauliflower, be sure to check out this article by Oregon Live 9 Tips for Buying, Storing, and Prepping Cauliflower.

 

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Steamed cauliflower florets tossed with cream cheese, shredded cheese, bacon, and chives!  Ultimate comfort food casserole.  This easy baked cauliflower recipe is ready in under 30 minutes.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cauliflower florets, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 6 oz cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups Italian cheese blend, shredded
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Place the cauliflower in a steamer basket on top of a pot with boiling water and steam until fork-tender, around 6-7 minutes. (Alternatively, purchase frozen cauliflower florets and cook in the microwave according to package directions).  Remove from heat (or microwave).  Remove from heat and transfer cauliflower into a cold water bath to prevent further cooking. Drain well and pat dry. 

  3. Transfer steamed cauliflower to a large bowl and add cream cheese, heavy cream, butter, garlic powder, and dried dill. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and toss to combine.

  4. Transfer to oven-safe casserole dish and top with shredded cheese blend and crumbled bacon. Place in pre-heated oven and roast until cheese is melted and nicely browned on top, around 8-10 minutes.

  5. Remove from oven and serve immediately topped with fresh chives.

 

If you like this recipe, let me know.  I’d love to hear from you!

 

Have you tried these low carb products?  I love to get their sampler box.  There’s a nice variety of bread, bagels, sweets, and even pasta.  At the moment, they only have a few Keto items, but I’m sure they’ll be adding more.  I’ve been a customer of theirs for years and enjoy their low carb bread and bagels the most!

 

 

Please try these easy, healthy recipes from My Kitchen Serenity:

Broccoli Bacon Egg Breakfast Casserole

Lemon Pepper Wings

Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Baked Egg in Avocado with Bacon and Cheese

 

 

Nutritional Information: *

Carbs/Serving:

Total Carbs: 5.36g
Fiber: 1.5g
Net Carbs: 3.86g

Calorie Breakdown:
Protein: 15%
Fat: 78%
Carbohydrates: 7%

*Source: HappyForks.com recipe analyzer.

 

Notes:  Different brands will vary on the net carbs so keep that in mind.  For the most part, they should be fairly close.  Use a site like MyFitnessPal.com or happyforks.com to figure out this information based on the brands or ingredients you used.  

Now the legal stuff (because my mama didn’t raise a fool):  Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional.  I am simply sharing my personal favorite recipes on this blog.  Please consult with your physician before starting any diet or exercise program.  I provide some nutritional information for my low carb and keto recipes simply as a courtesy to my readers.  I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

 



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