EASY CHEESY FAUX-TATO CASSEROLE
Today’s post is all about the cauliflower. So many things can be made with this unassuming vegetable. I think it’s OK to call a vegetable unassuming. One of my favourites is to use it to make a faux alfredo sauce which I mix in with my Three Cheese Hash Brown Casserole (recipe here)
And for a low carb alternative to a summery barbecue picnic type dish try using cauliflower in a salad instead of potatoes. (recipe here)
Fresh cauliflower is best for this next recpe but this can be made using one package of frozen if fresh isn’t available, steamed gently in chicken broth until mashable.
The rest of the ingredients are folded into the warm mash until the cheese is all melty.
For boat galley purposes I made this in my Omnia stove top oven but for you land folks, pile mixture into an 8″x8″ baking pan, top with a little extra grated cheese and bake until bubbly and a bit browned on top
I’ve given you the basics in the recipe card below for a delicious low carb side dish but to make this the main dinner event try adding 1 tin of tuna (well drained) and 1-1/2 cup peas (fresh, frozen or canned). This puts a whole new light on tuna casserole…low carb and so totally addictive. One cup of chopped grilled chicken also works very well.
- 1 head cauliflower, separated into florets (1 package of frozen cauliflower works well too)
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 8 slices crispy bacon, crumbled
- 4 oz cream cheese
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1-1/2 cups grated aged cheddar, divided
- ¼ cup fine bread crumbs or panko
- In saucepan, steam florets and garlic in the broth for about 10-15 minute until cauliflower is soft and mashable.
- Drain chicken broth and smash cauliflower and garlic with a fork. The broth can be reserved and added to soups if you wish
- Stir in onion, bacon, cream cheese, yogurt and 1 cup cheddar until combined.
- Spread mixture in an 8"x8" casserole or Omnia stove top pan
- Sprinkle ¼ cup of cheddar over top.
- Add a layer of half the crumbs.
- Finish with the rest of the cheese then crumbs.
- If using a conventional oven, bake at 350 for about 20 minutes until cheese has melted and a brown crust has formed on top.
- If using your Omnia stove top oven, heat base plate on high for 5 minutes.
- Add covered Omnia baking pan and continue cooking for another 5 minutes on high.
- Reduce heat to medium low and continue cooking for another 18-20 minutes until mixture is bubbly and slightly browned
Do you steam the cauliflower over the chicken broth? Then what to you do with the broth?
that’s right then I remove the steamed cauliflower from the broth but because i hate wasting anything i usually reserve the remainder of the liquid from steaming and save it for soup. Hope this helps