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Aunt Rocky’s Spicy Cauliflower Mac & Cheese Casserole

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All the flavors of a baked macaroni and cheese, but with only a fraction of the carbs—and with a little kick! Suitable for Atkins, Keto, LCHF, low carb, diabetic, low glycemic, gluten free, sugar free.

Ingredients

  • 1 head (large) Cauliflower, Cut Into Small Pieces
  • ¼ cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • ¼ cups Dream Blends Unsweetened Coconut Almond Chia Drink (Or Additional Heavy Cream)
  • 2 ounces, weight Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese, Cut Into Small Cubes
  • 1-½ teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1-½ cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded And Divided
  • ½ cups Boars Head 3 Pepper Cheese, Shredded
  • ½ cups Kirkland Bacon Crumbles
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Black Pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • Sliced Green Onions, For Garnish (optional)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray an 9×13 baking dish with cooking oil spray.

Cut cauliflower into florets. In a large covered bowl, steam cauliflower with very little water in microwave until fork tender (about 5 minutes). Drain, if needed, and leave uncovered while preparing sauce.

Bring cream to a simmer in a small saucepan and then whisk in cream cheese and mustard, continuously whisking until smooth. Stir in the half of the sharp cheddar cheese, all of the 3-pepper cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and bacon bits. Whisk just until the cheese melts. Remove the sauce from the heat.

Pour cheese sauce over the cauliflower, and stir to combine. Turn out into prepared baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese.

Bake until browned and bubbly hot, about 15 to 20 minutes. If it isn’t browning on top, switch the oven from bake to broil for a few minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Notes:
1. If you use frozen cauliflower florets, steam them in the microwave, then drain well. When cool enough to handle, press as much moisture as possible out with paper towels. If you leave moisture in, the sauce will get too runny. I always use fresh cauliflower for this recipe for that reason.
2. If you want to make this a complete meal casserole, add cubed ham, chicken, cooked hamburger, or meat of choice before baking.

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