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Bacon-Sage Cauliflower "Au Gratin"

This is comfort food, in the best possible way. I'm never fully quite sure what makes a particular dish "comfortable", but ... I feel confident in the stance that this particular dish exudes it.

It's actually really quite simple. It's partially cooked cauliflower (boiled in salted water), then tossed with a cheese sauce, bacon and fresh sage. It's then placed into a baking vessel, where it's topped with almond meal and ... more cheese!

The end result is a soft, comforting mélange of cheesy, creamy and bacon-y goodness. YUM!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 389.24375kcal
Author: DJ Foodie

Ingredients

  • 1 head large cauliflower stem and leaves removed and cut into small florets
  • 1 recipe low carb alfredo sauce (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage chopped
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup parmesan (reggiano) cheese grated

Instructions

  • Place a large pot full of water on the stove to boil.
  • Pre-heat your oven to 425 F.
  • If your Alfredo sauce is cold, warm it in a medium sized sauce pan.
  • Once your water is boiling, add a healthy amount of salt to the water.
  • Add your cauliflower florets to the water and simmer for about 3 minutes.
  • Strain the cauliflower, so that all the water is removed.
  • Stir the cauliflower into the alfredo sauce. Add the sage and bacon bits, as well.
  • Once the cauliflower is evenly coated with the cheese sauce, pour it into a greased baking pan. I used a 9 inch round silicone baking pan, but a 9x13 casserole pan will work, as well. All we're really doing is browning the top. It's all already mostly cooked, at this point.
  • Dust the top of the cauliflower with the almond meal and parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the top is nice and toasty brown.
  • Serve!

Nutrition

Serving: 8g | Calories: 389.24375kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.1175g | Protein: 16.3275g | Fat: 32.8825g | Fiber: 3.315g