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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole Recipe

Cauliflower Casserole

5 from 81 reviews

Keto-friendly loaded Cauliflower Casserole combines steamed cauliflower, cream cheese, sour cream, sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, bacon, and chives.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs cauliflower florets cut in bite-size pieces
  • 1 box (8 ounces) of cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese finely shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese finely shredded
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 6 slices crispy cooked bacon coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives (reserve one tablespoon for the top)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Steam the cauliflower until fork tender; approximately 10 minutes. Drain well in a colander.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mix until creamy and smooth. Gently stir in cauliflower, 1/2 of the bacon, and chives. Season with kosher salt and black pepper to taste.
  4. Spoon into a casserole dish and top with the remaining bacon. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Top with remaining chives and serve.

Notes

  • The cauliflower should be steamed or boiled until it is fork-tender.
  • Spray the casserole dish well with nonstick spray, as it makes for easier cleanup.
  • For optimum flavor, I recommend full-fat sour cream, cream cheese, and cheese for this recipe.  It just tastes better with it.
  • Other cheeses that work well in this casserole are fontina, Gruyere, Pepper Jack, and Parmesan cheese.
  • If low carb is not your thing, combine a cup of panko bread crumbs with 3 tablespoons of melted butter and sprinkle over the top before baking.
  • Fresh chives really make this casserole pop!  They are worth the added expense and trouble.
  • Other garnishes that work well include chopped parsley or green onions.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.  I love lots of pepper on this dish.
  • This Loaded Cauliflower Casserole can be served as a full meal.  It really is very filling, but if more protein is desired, consider adding roasted or grilled chicken or cooked ground beef.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven on low or in the microwave at reduced power.
  • To freeze, first cool completely. Then double wrap with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

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