Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cauliflower Casserole #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #recipe

Cauliflower Casserole


I saw a recipe for a similar dish, but it called for two cups of sour cream. I love sour cream but sour cream loves my hips, so it has to go. Then I got the idea of using non-fat cottage cheese in its place. I haven't tried using reduced-fat mayo, and of course cheese is loaded with fat, but at least it's low in carbs.  

This dish was an instant hit at our house.  Sometimes, if the head of cauliflower is small, it's a little soupy, but still delicious.  I suggested a few variations at the end of the recipe and my daughter has even more ideas.  This recipe is so basic that you can add pretty much whatever suits your fancy--spice it up if you want, or add other low-carb vegetables.  Give it a try!

And now, let's make it!

Oven: 350 degrees

Ingredients

1 head cauliflower, cut in 1.5" cubes
1/2 cup minced onion (more or less to taste)
3 cups cheese (your choice--I used cheddar)
2 cups cottage cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 TBS minced garlic (more or less to taste)
pepper to taste (we like lots)

Boil or nuke cauliflower until desired tenderness.

Nuke onion until tender.  (Don't boil with cauliflower)

While the above two are cooking:
In blender, buzz cottage cheese, mayonnaise, garlic, and pepper until smooth

In a bowl, stir together the above mixture and onions with half the grated cheese.

Drain cauliflower and stir into mixture.

Pour (glob, actually) into a 9x9 pan.  Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.

Bake 15 minutes or until cheese is slightly browned.

Variations:
Add 6 strips of diced crisp bacon

Add diced jalapenos

I'm going to try it with half broccoli next time and see how that turns out.

Note: I used a cup of onion and 3 TBS garlic, and of course lots of pepper.

Got any other ideas?  Let me know!




8 comments:

mercedes christesen said...

So yummy and the bacon and chives or green onions make it awesome

Judith said...

I haven't made it for a long time, but I used to serve just regular cooked cauliflower with a sauce made of corn meal crumbs and butter. it was yummy!

Alisa Boisclair said...

Hey, Jacquie!
Saw your post on Author Explosion. I have to say Cauliflower is one of my favorite veggies. Doesn't matter if it is dressed up or plain. Yum!

Rebecca Larsen said...

Cauliflower is great just dipped in ranch.

Love having ya in CM's Author Explosion.

Ophelia81077 said...

Had to come check this out after seeing your post in Author Explosion. It looks great, now to convince the boyfriend we need to have some!!!

Donna-Dee Mullings

Rain Trueax said...

That looks good. I will definitely try it but need to pick up the cottage cheese as it's not a regular here.

Kelly Erickson said...

Sounds great. I have a similar recipe that includes shredded carrots, two beaten eggs, a dash of cumin and no mayo.

sexkitten426 said...

Hi, I'm from the Author Explosion & I love cauliflower!