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Keto Twice Baked Loaded Mashed Cauliflower

by KetoFocus.com
4.8 Stars (10 Reviews)
Nutrition Facts

6

Servings

272

Calories

21g

Fat

15g

Protein

4.8g

Net Carbs

Twice baked potatoes was always a favorite side dish. Get excited for Keto Twice Baked Loaded Mashed Cauliflower! It has all the flavors of your the favorite creamy side dish but not all the carbs. Crispy, crumbled bacon, chopped green onions, and cheddar cheese are mixed in fluffy cauliflower faux-tatoes.

Keto Twice Baked Loaded Mashed Cauliflower Ingredients

Keto Twice Baked Loaded Mashed Cauliflower Directions

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees
    oven temp 400 degrees
  • 2
    Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
    butter melting in a skillet
  • 3
    Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
    sauted garlic in a skillet
  • 4
    Pour in cauliflower florets and chicken broth. Simmer on mediuim heat until cauliflower is tender, about 5-8 minutes.
    pouring chicken broth into a skillet with caulilower florets
  • 5
    Drain fluid. Squeeze out excess fluid from the cauliflower by placing it between two paper towels. For thick mashed cauliflower, try to get as much fluid out as possible.
    squeezing excess moisture off the cauliflower
  • 6
    In a food processor or blender, combine the cooked cauliflower, cream cheese, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Puree until smooth.
    mashed cauliflower in a blender
  • 7
    Add cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onions to the mashed cauliflower. Stir to combine. Transfer to a casserole dish and top with remaining parmesan cheese. Sprinkle ground pork rinds on top.
  • 8
    Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Low Carb Loaded Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

bowl of loaded mashed cauliflower

Whenever I would see loaded mashed potatoes on a menu, I would order it. This is pre-keto days of course. But I love mashed potatoes and when you add cheese and bacon, they become next level! I had to create a keto friendly loaded faux-tato version and use the ketogenic potato, cauliflower instead! This is recipe for low carb loaded mashed cauliflower is a side dish I like to make around the holidays. It’s so rich and creamy. This twice baked cauliflower is heaven when paired with turkey or prime rib. And it’s lighter and not so heavy compared to regular loaded potatoes.

This recipe starts by making my incredible recipe for keto mashed cauliflower. This mashed cauliflower is thick, creamy and doesn’t have that funky cauliflower taste. Then we add my favorite - bacon, green onion and cheddar cheese. Everything gets baked in the oven and the result is creamy, droolworthy loaded keto cauliflower!! creamy mashed cauliflower

How to Make Thick Mashed Cauliflower

collander with cooked cauliflower in it Achieving thick mashed cauliflower is key to making a loaded keto cauliflower side dish. Cauliflower tends to absorb moisture as it cooks,so it’s important to get out all that excess moisture in order to have thick, creamy cauliflower mash. I like to use a paper towel to do this.

Simply place your cooked cauliflower in between sheets of paper towels and press to release the excess fluid. The more moisture you are able to ring out, the thick the cauliflower mash.

Make Ahead Keto Side Dish

You guessed it! You can make this side dish ahead of time which is ideal if you are preparing many recipes for the holidays - like Thanksgiving or Christmas.

To make keto loaded mashed cauliflower ahead of time, prepare the mashed cauliflower. Add the bacon, cheese and green onion. Scoop in the casserole dish you wish to bake it in. Then refrigerate until you want to heat it up. On the day of your dinner, cook in a 400 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

Mash or Puree Cauliflower

pureed cauliflower in a blender I prefer to use a blender to mix my mashed cauliflower. It’s easy and doesn’t require a lot of time. You can also use a food processor. If you don’t have either of those kitchen appliances, you can use a potato masher to mash up your cauliflower. This produces a more chunky cauliflower mash.

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Secret to Delicious Mashed Cauliflower

cauliflower and bare bones broth

The secret to the best tasting mashed cauliflower without that funky cauliflower smell is to use chicken broth to cook the cauliflower florets. My favorite chicken broth is bone broth by Bare Bones Broth. This is an organic chicken bone broth made from bones of pasture raised chicken necks and feet. This produces the most gelatinous broth filled with collagen. They also have a Rosemary Lemon flavored chicken bone broth which would be delicious in this recipe too.

Variations

If you love variations in recipes, try adding the following to your keto loaded cauliflower:

  • cayenne pepper
  • roasted garlic
  • blue cheese
  • sour cream
  • cream cheese

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Annie Lampella

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I strive to find meals that your whole family can enjoy (kids and relatives too) while you are on your keto quest. You can still have your favorite foods on the keto diet, you just have to be creative with how you make them.

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