Keto Loaded Cauliflower Au Gratin

I think that we can all agree that potatoes baked in a cheese sauce are to die for. Well, what if we could have a similar experience without all of the carbs? This recipe for cauliflower Au Gratin while avoiding the spike in blood sugar.

Steamed cauliflower in a casserole dish.

Cut the cauliflower into florets. Cut the big ones into bite-sized pieces and slice any large steams. This will allow the cauliflower to cook evenly. Also, no one wants to bite into a massive hunk of steaming hot cheese-covered vegetables. Second-degree burns at dinner time are not fun.

After the cauliflower is cut up place the florets into a steamer basket and steam until fork tender but not mushy. This should take from 7 to 10 minutes. When the cauliflower has finished steaming dip them into an ice bath or run cool water over them. This will stop the cooking process and prevent mushiness. This step can be done ahead of time.

Place your steamed cauliflower into a baking dish.

In a frying pan on low heat cook four slices of bacon until the fat has rendered and the bacon is crispy. Remove the bacon onto paper towels to remove excess fat. Crumble the bacon and set it aside.

When you are ready to cook the au gratin adjust your top oven rack so that the dish will be in the top one-third of the oven. Preheat your oven to 400°F or 204C.

Cheese sauce in a pan.

To a saucepan on low heat add one-quarter cup of heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Add the shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Add garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Keep string until all of the cheese has melted.

To keep clean keto it is best to shred your own cheese since most pre-shredded cheese has additives like corn starch to prevent clumping.

Steamed cauliflower in a baking dish covered with cheese sauce and bacon.

After the cheese has melted pour the cheese sauce over the steamed cauliflower. Top with crumbled bacon. Place into the oven until the top is nice and brown. Remove from the oven and if desired top with scallions. Let cool for a minute or two so that the sauce can thicken up and the dish is ready to serve.

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Cooked cauliflower au gratin on a table
Yield: 6

Keto Loaded Cauliflower Au Gratin

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 8oz cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2oz mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 4 slices of bacon.

Instructions

    1: Cut the cauliflower into florets.

2: After the cauliflower is cut up place the florets into a steamer basket and steam until fork tender but not mushy. This should take from 7 to 10 minutes. When the cauliflower has finished steaming dip them into an ice bath or run cool water over them.

3: Place your steamed cauliflower into a baking dish.

4: In a frying pan on low heat cook four slices of bacon until the fat has rendered and the bacon is crispy. Remove the bacon onto paper towels to remove excess fat. Crumble the bacon and set it aside.

5: When you are ready to cook the au gratin adjust your top oven rack so that the dish will be in the top one-third of the oven. Preheat your oven to 400°F or 204C.

6: To a saucepan on low heat add one-quarter cup of heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Add the shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Add garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Keep string until all of the cheese has melted.

7: After the cheese has melted pour the cheese sauce over the steamed cauliflower. Top with crumbled bacon. Place into the oven until the top is brown.

8: Let cool for a minute or two so that the sauce can thicken up and the dish is ready to serve.

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