This keto loaded cauliflower casserole is an EASY 30-minute keto comfort food for cheese and bacon lovers! If you miss a classic loaded baked potato casserole on your keto journey, this keto cauliflower casserole will fix it!
The soft cauliflower bites coated with cheesy cream cheese dill sauce burst in flavors. Plus, one serve contains only 5.3g of net carbs so you can indulge with no guilt!
Calling all the cauliflower lovers with this new keto cauliflower recipe! An easy, cheesy cauliflower gratin with soft, melt-in-your-mouth cauliflower florets coated in thick cheesy cream cheese and cheddar sauce. Add to this some crispy bacon pieces, chives and it will taste like a keto carbonara dish, without the carbs, of course!
Let’s see the simple ingredients you need to make this keto cauliflower cream cheese casserole.
The success in any cauliflower casserole recipe is to cut the cauliflower florets into small bite-size chunks. First, remove the large stems from the cauliflower head, it will release large cauliflower florets. Then, cut each large florets into bite-size pieces.
There are many ways to cook cauliflower for a tasty casserole. I personally think that steaming is the best. You can steam the cauliflower florets into a steam basket or in the microwave. Steamed cauliflower is the best option for many reasons:
However, if you don’t have a vegetable steamer, you can:
Whatever the technique you choose to bake the cauliflower, cool it down before you add the cauliflower to the cheese sauce. The florets need to steam out to avoid a watery casserole.
This keto cauliflower casserole recipe is made with a cream cheese sauce cooked in bacon fat. First, prepare a large saucepan or pot (to fit all the cauliflower florets!) and fry the bacon pieces until crispy. Set aside 1/3 cup of the bacon pieces, this will be used to load the casserole dish at the end. Then, add heavy cream, cream cheese, garlic powder, and onion powder.
Stir and simmer the sauce until all the cream cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly. Finally, remove the pot from the heat and stir in fresh chopped dill half of the shredded cheese. Your cheese sauce is ready to be used for your casserole.
In order to assemble the casserole, you first need to combine the cooked cauliflower florets into the sauce. If the pot you used to prepare the sauce is not big enough to fit all the cauliflower florets, transfer the sauce into a large bowl. Stir the cauliflower into the sauce to fully coat each floret with the cheese sauce.
Then, transfer the cheesy cauliflower florets onto a large 9-inch x 13-inch casserole dish. Spread evenly and sprinkle the remaining crispy bacon pieces and shredded cheese on top.
Finally, bake the cauliflower casserole at 220C (425F) for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is grilled on top and bubbles form on the sides of the baking dish.
Cauliflower casseroles are very popular keto diet side dishes to grilled meat or fish and perfect to serve to non-keto friends too! It’s a tasty Thanksgiving side dish swap to the classic mashed cauliflower, and delicious with turkey.
I guarantee that everyone will love this recipe, even the kids. You can serve this recipe by adding fresh chopped dill or green onions on top of the baking dish for extra flavors.
Keto casseroles are convenient make-ahead keto recipes for any time of the day. In fact, they store very well in the fridge for up to 3 days into the baking dish. Or, you can freeze your casserole in an airtight container. I recommend freezing your casserole into single-serve containers. This is a great way to know exactly how much carbs each frozen portion contains. Then, when you need one serve, thaw in the fridge overnight. You can rewarm this casserole on a plate in the microwave or in an ovenproof dish at 180C (350F) until hot.
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