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Cheesy cauliflower casserole low carb loaded recipe

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If you're a fan of the keto diet, you know that finding that perfect comfort food can sometimes be a challenge. But guess what? You don’t have to deprive yourself of cheesy, creamy goodness anymore. Today, I’m introducing you to my all-time favorite - the cheesy cauliflower casserole low carb recipe. This is not just any cauliflower dish; it's the epitome of comfort food, minus the carbs.

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The Inspiration Behind the Dish

The inspiration for this dish came from wanting to find a tasty casserole that both my picky eaters and whole family would love. It had to be something that didn't feel like a "diet dish". Combining the creamy consistency of heavy cream, sour cream, and cream cheese with the nutty flavor of roasted cauliflower, this recipe was a hit from the first time I tried it.

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With the holidays coming up, I hear the question too often. Are you going to eat Keto or are you going to cheat? This always makes me a little nervous because it can be very hard to get back on track after a big cheat like a holiday meal.

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Don't get me wrong, each person is different. But if you worry, you can still enjoy and amazing holiday dinner staying low carb. Here is a whole list of perfect Keto Thanksgiving recipes.

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Cheesy Cauliflower Bake: Let’s Dive Right In!

Cauliflower Bake Ingredients:

  • 2 heads cauliflower, cored and cut into florets
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon black OR white pepper
  • 2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream

Tools Needed:

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Stock pot
  • Casserole dish
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Keto Cheesy Cauliflower Bake Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

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Fill a stock pot with water and 1 teaspoon salt. Set over high heat and bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower to pot and return to boil Cook for 8 minutes or until tender. Drain well.

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Spray a 13x9 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray or coat with additional butter. Add the cauliflower to the casserole dish. 

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Dot the top of the cauliflower with butter. Sprinkle with minced garlic and pepper.

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Top with parmesan cheese and white cheddar.

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Pour heavy cream over the cheeses.

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Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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Tips to Perfect Your Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

  • Type of Cheese: If sharp cheddar isn’t your thing, feel free to swap it out. A creamy cheese sauce made with a blend of cheeses can bring a different dimension to the dish. Experiment with gouda or even pepper jack for a spicy kick.
  • Additional Flavorings: Introduce flavors of a loaded baked potato by adding crispy bacon bits or fresh green onions. A hint of cayenne pepper can also give the dish a nice warmth.
  • Make It a Main Dish: Enhance this side dish by adding rotisserie chicken or steam some cauliflower rice to mix in.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container to retain the creamy sauce and cheesy goodness for days.
  • Reheating: Use a preheated oven at 350 degrees F and bake for 15-20 minutes. It ensures even reheating and retains the golden brown cheesy crust.

FAQs: Making The Most of Your Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

Can I use frozen cauliflower instead of fresh cauliflower?

Absolutely! Frozen cauliflower can be a great way to save on prep time. Just ensure you thaw it out and remove as much moisture as possible to prevent a watery casserole.

How can I thicken the creamy sauce without carbs?

Consider adding cream cheese to your heavy cream. It provides a thick, creamy texture without adding net carbs.

Can I use a different dish instead of a casserole dish?

Certainly. If you don't have a 13x9 casserole dish, a baking dish of a similar size should do the trick.

What can I pair this dish with for a complete meal?

This keto cauliflower recipe pairs wonderfully with a protein like grilled chicken or steak. For vegetarians, consider adding a hearty salad.

How long can I store the leftovers?

Stored in an airtight container, this cheesy cauliflower bake can last 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

Key Takeaways: Elevate Your Keto Recipes

Experiment with Flavors

Cooking is all about personalizing dishes and making them your own. This casserole is no exception:

  • Onion Powder: This can enhance the savory depth of your casserole, giving it a richer flavor.
  • Garlic Powder: While we already use fresh garlic in the recipe, garlic powder can be added for an extra kick.
  • Avocado Oil: If you're looking for a subtle nutty flavor, a drizzle of avocado oil before baking can be a wonderful addition.

Versatility is Key

One of the best parts about this recipe is its adaptability:

  • Main Meal: Amp it up with some shredded rotisserie chicken or perhaps some chunks of pan-seared salmon.
  • Veggie Delight: If meat isn’t on your menu, tossing in some sautéed mushrooms or roasted bell peppers can enhance its heartiness.

Dietary Adaptability

This isn't just a dish for those on the keto diet:

  • Keto Warriors: With low net carbs, it’s a wonderful addition to your keto recipe collection.
  • Non-dieters: The creamy, cheesy goodness is universally loved. Even if you’re not counting carbs, this is a dish the whole family will crave.

Always Prioritize Fresh Ingredients

The heart of any dish lies in the quality of its ingredients:

  • Fresh Cauliflower: Opt for fresh over frozen. Fresh cauliflower has a crisper, more authentic flavor and holds up better during the baking process.
  • Fresh Cream and Cheese: These bring out the creaminess in the dish. While store-bought grated cheese can be convenient, freshly grated cheese tends to melt more smoothly.

Cheese is Everything

For many, the best part of a casserole is the melted, golden brown cheese on top:

  • Cheese Varieties: Don't just stick to cheddar and parmesan. Play around with mozzarella for a stretchy texture, or perhaps gouda for a smoky note.
  • Generosity: When it comes to a cheesy cauliflower casserole, more is more. Don’t skimp on the cheesy layers; the gooey goodness is what makes this dish stand out!

With these takeaways in mind, you're now equipped to take this cheesy cauliflower casserole low carb recipe and make it uniquely yours. Remember, recipes are just guidelines; the real magic happens when you make it your own!

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Pin cheesy cauliflower bake recipe

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Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

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This Cheesy Cauliflower bake is the perfect low carb holiday side dish recipe.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 heads cauliflower, cored and cut into florets
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon black OR white pepper
  • 2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Fill a stock pot with water and 1 teaspoon salt. Set over high heat and bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower to pot and return to boil Cook for 8 minutes or until tender. Drain well.
    3. Spray a 13x9 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray or coat with additional butter. Add the cauliflower to the casserole dish.
    4. Dot the top of the cauliflower with butter. Sprinkle with minced garlic and pepper.
    5. Top with parmesan cheese and white cheddar. Pour heavy cream over the cheeses.
    6. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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Conclusion: cheesy cauliflower casserole low carb

There you have it! A low carb, high flavor cheesy cauliflower casserole low carb recipe that’s sure to become one of your favorite recipes. Whether you're on a ketogenic diet or simply looking for a delicious recipe to share with family and friends, this dish is a winner. Remember, cooking is all about experimentation and fun. So, try out new recipes, enjoy the cooking process, and most importantly, enjoy your meal! 

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