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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole (KETO Side Dish, Low Carb Recipe)

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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole Recipe with bacon and cheese is a “skip the baked potato recipe” that will make you want more. And because its low carb and Keto friendly, you can keep this side dish on the menu no matter who is coming to dinner tonight!

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Cauliflower Casserole

People say you can trick your kids into thinking mashed cauliflower is the same as mashed potatoes. I am here to tell you…never in the history of the world have my kids been fooled by cauliflower. And truthfully, why trick them?

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole is freaking delicious and kids have crappy palettes, so try not to be too disappointed if they push this aside and ask for french fries.

I say, if you are feeling extra feisty, also serve up this broccoli cheese casserole and really make them made at you.

Cause…green things.

For us seasoned adults, especially ones looking for the best keto sides, you will release in this healthy loaded cauliflower casserole (one of the best low carb sides) that makes you feel like eating your veggies is a treat. Smother in cheese, top with bacon and sour cream, and you will have a piled up plate of goodness that makes you want to eat your veggies.

LOADED CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE

This loaded cauliflower casserole recipe is so good and its pretty easy. This casserole is also a keto side dish so you if you need low carb sides to serve up, this recipe meets your needs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower (Steamed) (which translates to 6 cups Cauliflower Rice)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons homemade ranch seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons real bacon bits, divided
  • optional for a creamier texture: 1/4th cup whole whipping cream

RECIPE NOTES:  You can skip the whole steaming fresh cauliflower heads by purchasing Cauliflower Rice. 1 bag is typically 3 cups, so you need 2 bags of cauliflower rice ( 6 cups total) and then proceed at the mashing part once steamed.

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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole Recipe (Low Carb, KETO Side Dish)
You can use steamed cauliflower rice OR a fresh cauliflower head

Low Carb Cauliflower Casserole

Dietary: Heads up! This cauliflower casserole is a Low Carb, KETO Friendly, and Gluten Free Side Dish! Remember by pinning this special PIN!

Disclaimer: Dietary information provided by Carb Manager. If you are on a KETO or Low Carb diet, always make sure to double check your own information with this or My Fitness Pal based on the brands and weights you use. I am not responsible for the calculations but do try to provide as much information as possible for readers to make informed decisions.

 

STEAMING FRESH HEAD OF CAULIFLOWER

When making cauliflower casserole, you can either use raw cauliflower and rice it down OR use already riced cauliflower. Each bag has about 3 cups of pre-riced cauliflower, so plan accordingly. If you want to use raw cauliflower, here is how you do it.

  • Break apart the head of the cauliflower and discard the green leaves.
  • Steam cauliflower until a fork can easily be stuck into the vegetable.
  • Or use fresh steamed cauliflower RICE, see note above on using cauliflower rice

Keto Friendly Cauliflower Casserole

Preheat oven to 350!

Mash cauliflower in a large mixing bowl.

Season with salt and pepper.

Set aside 1 tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese.

Add remaining cheddar cheese, sour cream, ranch seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder and 3 tablespoons of bacon bits to the cauliflower and mix well. If you are adding the whole whipping cream option, add at this stage.

Keto Friendly Side Dish
low carb casserole

Transfer cauliflower into a small baking dish and heat for 35 minutes until hot.

Remove cauliflower casserole from oven and immediately sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese and 1 tablespoon bacon bits. You can even top with this cheese sauce!

Serve.

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Casserole Recipes

Need more options to eat? Try one of these delicious casserole side dish options

  1. Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole
  2. Broccoli Cheese Casserole with Ritz Cracker Topping
  3. Spaghetti Squash Boats with Cheese
  4. Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
  5. Cheesy Potato Casserole

(updated picture from cooking this Keto Friendly Cauliflower Casserole Side Dish this week!)

loaded cauliflower casserole recipe keto side dish
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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole with Cheese and Bacon | KETO


Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 41 minutes
Loaded cauliflower casserole is a side dish recipe that makes you feel like eating your veggies is a treat. Low Carb, Keto Friendly, this casserole is smothered in cheese, topped with bacon and sour cream. You have a piled up plate of goodness that makes you want to eat your veggies…twice.

Ingredients
 

  • 1 head cauliflower steamed or 6 cups Steamed Cauliflower Rice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons dry ranch seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons real bacon bits divided
  • 1/4 th cup whole whipping cream OPTIONAL

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • You need to first steam your fresh cauliflower head. Break apart the head of the cauliflower and discard the green leaves. Steam cauliflower until a fork can easily be stuck into the vegetable. Mash cauliflower in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  • If you prefer to use cauliflower rice, you need approximately 6 cups of steamed cauliflower rice.
  • Set aside 1 tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese and then add remaining cheddar cheese, sour cream, ranch seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder and 3 tablespoons of bacon bits to the cauliflower and mix well. If you are adding whole whipping cream as the optional ingredient, add at this stage.
  • Transfer cauliflower into a small baking dish and heat for 35 minutes until hot.
  • Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese and 1 tablespoon bacon bits.
  • Serve white hot and melty.

Video

Notes

  • CAULIFLOWER Note: You can skip the whole steaming fresh cauliflower heads by purchasing Cauliflower Rice.
  • 1 bag is typically 3 cups, so you need 2 bags of cauliflower rice ( 6 cups total) and then proceed at the mashing part once steamed.
  • Additionally, we went back and tested adding 1/4th cup whole whipping cream to the recipe and like the creamy texture option. If you have any in your house, add that in at the sour cream stage!

Nutrition

Serving: 6people | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 335mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g

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14 Comments

  1. Joe D Denny says:

    What is the carb count on this dish? (Please) it’s hard to plan without this info. Dish looks amazing though.

    1. Hi Joe! On some recipes I Dont always include it because its going to depend what size vegi you get and then measure out your portion, but when I use MY portions and CarbManager calculations, its approx 4 net carbs per serving. If you scroll in the article it does show the image population from Carb manager for more nutritional information. Its right below the ingredients listing in the post. I hope that helps.

  2. Hi can this be made in advance?

    1. Lauren, I was off the computer for Thanksgiving and I apologize that I missed your question about the cauliflower casserole. Truthfully, I never make food in advance because I have an adversion to left overs, so I do not know the answer. There is nothing in this casserole that would suggest that it cant however. I just wouldnt freeze and reheat, I would simply prep and put in fridge to reheat.

  3. Recipe looks de-lish! How many bags of 10 ounce riced cauliflower is needed in this recipe?

    1. Janice, I use a regular head of cauliflower, which should equal one to one and a half bags of riced cauliflower. I havent done it that way, so you may need to do some adjustments. Ill make sure I test this recipe with bagged cauliflower coming up so I can officially add the change.

  4. Kathleen B says:

    can you make this up and put in a crock pot instead of the oven. cooler for the summer??

    1. Kathleen, I am always hesitant to answer these when I havent done it yet. I haven’t put this particular casserole in a crock pot so I dont want to give you timing, but if I tested it out, Id def keep it on low to prevent burning.

  5. The recipe video shows you adding a liquid. Recipe ingredient list does not give a liquid. What did you add?

    1. hi Cari, that is a very good catch.

      The original recipe doesn’t actually have that liquid in it- when we went back to do a video recipe, my friend and I were discussing it might be even better with a tad bit of whole whipping cream in it at the sour cream point to give it just a bit more creamy texture.

      So we added 1/4th cup whole whipping cream to test it out.

      I didn’t go back and add that into the recipe as a permanent change because its fine the way it is.

      Consider this more of an OPTION. Ill make a note in the recipe card.

  6. I added red pepper flakes before baking and Texas Pete once served. Definitely added more flavor and color.

  7. Lois Luckovich says:

    I love cauliflower in any form and have put this on my must make list

  8. I made this for a family dinner with both keto and non keto members. Everyone raved about it. No one knew it was cauliflower…everyone thought it was hash-brown casserole. And, ya know what…I just let them go on thinking it 😉

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      Sherry, ok, now that is hilarious. I love sneaking in veggies when no one knows. I appreciate you coming back to comment – it means a lot to me to talk to readers!

      Trisha

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