Cauliflower is one of those things which seems to feature a LOT in keto recipes; it’s fairly neutral in flavour and is often used as a low-carb dupe for rice, potato and other stuff. However, there’s only so much cauliflower you can eat before becoming really, really bored of it, so I thought I’d try to make it a bit more flavoursome and interesting. I’ve been craving cauliflower cheese lately but couldn’t think past the fact that a white sauce is usually based on a roux, which is obviously made of flour, and none of the flour substitutes we use (like ground almonds) seemed like they would work.
However, after a bit of a brain-wave yesterday, I decided to go a completely different way about it. The result was cheesy, garlicy and unctuous all in the right measures and Husband even commented that is was the nicest cauliflower cheese he’s ever eaten – HIGH PRAISE! Here’s how you make it:
- A head of cauliflower
- 200ml double cream
- 100g cream cheese
- 250g mature cheddar cheese
- 2 tsps garlic powder
- 20g grated parmesan
- Cut the cauliflower into florets and par-boil for 10-15 minutes, until it just starts to go soft (there is nothing worse then HARD cauliflower in cauli cheese, if you ask me!)
- In a separate bowl, place the double cream, cream cheese, 200g of the cheddar (keeping some back for sprinking on top before baking) and garlic powder and microwave on high for 1 minute, or until melted together. Stir to combine fully.
- Drain the cauliflower and allow to cool for a minute (this will allow more moisture to evaporate away and stop you from ending up with a watery sauce at the end)
- Place the cauliflower in an even layer in a 9"x9" Pyrex dish and pour the cheese mixture over evenly
- Sprinkle the remaining cheddar and the parmesan over the top
- Bake at 180° for 25 minutes and the finish under a hot grill for a minute or two to get a really browned-off finish
Be aware before you eat this; it’s pretty high calorie thanks to the cream and all of the cheese, but it’s well worth it and fits a keto diet pretty perfectly. We ate ours with slow cooked lamb and veg, but this would also be amazing with pork chops. Obviously if you wanted it to be lower calorie, you could eat a smaller portion but it’s very moreish so that’s easier said than done!
Let me know if you give this a go – it’s definitely going to be a regular side-dish to our meals.