Home » Bacon » Bacon Cheeseburger Cauliflower Bake

Bacon Cheeseburger Cauliflower Bake

Bacon Cheeseburger Cauliflower Bake

Bacon Cheeseburger Cauliflower Bake

I’m not sure where I first ran across this recipe.  I pinned it to my Pinterest account because I love to try new cauliflower recipes.  This one uses cauliflower in place of pasta or other carbs in a casserole.  It makes the casserole very low carb even though it’s not particularly low calorie.  With two meats and cheese, the calories do add up.  But for my tastes, I just love the combination of flavors added to the cauliflower.  I wasn’t counting calories!

As I made this recipe I found I made quite a few modifications.  Some for ease of prep, some for flavor.  We always adjust our cooking to our own tastes; it’s human nature.  Or cook’s preference.  Feel free to modify!  My first change was in cooking the cauliflower.  I roughly chopped a large head of cauliflower into about 1″ pieces and threw it into a medium sized saucepan with 1/4 cup of water.  I set the heat to medium high, stirred it a few times while it steamed, and it was tender in about 8 minutes.

Steam cauliflower until fork tender

Steam cauliflower until fork tender

Next I took a look at the food processor and ALL of those pieces I’d have to wash afterwards.  I reached into the utensil drawer and pulled out the potato masher and went to work.  In less than 2 minutes my cauliflower was “riced”, meaning reduced to small pieces.  And one utensil to wash afterwards.  Sometimes the most modern method overthinks these things.

Use a food processor or potato masher to reduce cauliflower to rice sized pieces

Use a food processor or potato masher to reduce cauliflower to rice sized pieces

I spread the cauliflower out into a large bowl and let it cool.  It took longer than I thought, I suggest you start the cauliflower way earlier than you plan to cook and assemble this dish!

Fry diced bacon until browned

Fry diced bacon until browned

In the meantime I moved on to dicing up the bacon.  Unlike the original recipe that tells you to fry the bacon and then break it into small pieces when it’s cooled, it fries faster if you finely dice the bacon before you fry it.  Remove the bits from the skillet into a bowl and set aside.

Fry onions until browned around the edges

Fry onions until browned around the edges

My next modification (I don’t think I’ve even followed the recipe’s directions yet!) was to dice an onion and fry it in the remaining bacon drippings.  The recipe called for onion powder but really, for a true bacon cheeseburger effect we should have real onions.  I browned them a bit in the drippings then set them aside in a bowl.

Brown beef until caramelized in places. Set aside

Brown beef until caramelized in places. Set aside

In the same skillet, with the bacon drippings still intact, I spread out the ground beef (yep, I used beef even though the recipe called for ground turkey) and let it brown before breaking it into smaller pieces.  When it was no longer pink I added it to the bowl with the onions and stirred to blend.

Melt butter and cook flour for several minutes

Melt butter and cook flour for several minutes

I still had plenty of bacon drippings and I poured most of them out of the skillet then added the tablespoon of butter.  When the butter was melted I stirred in the flour and let it cook for several minutes to remove the raw flour flavor.

Add cream and stir until thickened. Stir in mustard and cheese until smooth.

Add cream and stir until thickened. Stir in mustard and cheese until smooth.

I poured 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream into the skillet and stirred until it began to thicken.  I added the mustard, stirred well, then added the cup of shredded cheddar.  I tasted the creamy sauce and realized it had no salt whatsoever.  Ok maybe a little from the bacon but it desperately needed seasoning.  I added 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the sauce was perfectly seasoned.

Glancing at the recipe again I realized the oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper should have been added to the meat.  I had just added them to the cauliflower.  Oops.  Well, we’d get the flavors either way.  And actually afterwards decided they were best added to the cauliflower.

Stir flour and seasonings into cooled cauliflower

Stir flour and seasonings into cooled cauliflower

I was ready to stir the flour and seasonings into the cooled cauliflower and start the layering.  Cauliflower mixed, I turned to the pan I was using and spread 1/2 cup of the cheese sauce over the bottom.  Then things got confusing.  I layered the cauliflower, then 1/2 cup of shredded cheese, then more cheese sauce.

In a prepared casserole, layer cauliflower and half of shredded cheese

In a prepared casserole, layer cauliflower and half of shredded cheese

Next I spread the meat and onion layer, half of the remaining cheese sauce, the other 1/2 cup of shredded cheese, and the rest of the cheese sauce.  The cheese sauce seemed to go in a strange rotation in this dish!  I topped the dish with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and lastly the bacon.

Layer ground beef, 1/2 of remaining cheese sauce, half of remaining cheese. Spread remaining cheese sauce, reamining shredded cheese and top with bacon.

Layer ground beef, 1/2 of remaining cheese sauce, half of remaining cheese. Spread remaining cheese sauce, reamining shredded cheese and top with bacon.

I put the lid on the baking dish and slid it into the oven.  I set the timer for 30 minutes.  At 30 minutes I removed the lid and baked it for 10 more minutes.

Bacon Cheeseburger Cauliflower Bake

Bacon Cheeseburger Cauliflower Bake

Finally I removed the dish from the oven and it was bubbling all around and smelling delicious.  I let it set the required 15 minutes and served it topped with pickle relish.

Bacon Cheeseburger Cauliflower Bake

Bacon Cheeseburger Cauliflower Bake

We thought the casserole was delicious, a very good example of a bacon cheeseburger without the bun. The cauliflower wasn’t very noticeable in the flavor profile, it was maybe more of a way to hide some vegetables in the dish if you have kids!  I will say that when leftover the cauliflower did come forward and pretty much overpowered the flavors.  I didn’t like it reheated two days later.  In future I’d make enough for one meal and avoid having leftovers.  If you’re a huge cauliflower fan you might like it leftover.  I just didn’t.

Bacon Cheeseburger Cauliflower Bake

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower {about 6 cups florets)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 strips bacon; finely diced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or turkey (I used beef)
  • 1 onion; finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar; shredded and divided
  • pickle relish

Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese; shredded

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Steam the cauliflower until fork tender. Pulse in a food processor until it resembles rice or use a potato masher to reduce to small pieces. Spread on a plate and set aside to cool. When cooled, stir in the flour and salt.
  3. Fry bacon in a large skillet until lightly browned but not crisp. Remove bacon and keep drippings in skillet.
  4. Add the ground beef or turkey, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper to the same skillet and fry until browned and caramelized in places for optimum flavor. Set aside in a bowl.
  5. Fry the onion in a drizzle of oil until translucent. Add to meat and set aside.
  6. In the same skillet melt butter then stir in flour over low heat. Cook 3-4 minutes until raw flavor of flour is cooked out. Add heavy cream, mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt and continue cooking until the sauce thickens.
  7. Place 1/2 cup of the sauce on the bottom of a 9×13-in baking dish. Layer cauliflower, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar, and meat. Layer half of the remaining sauce, 1/2 cup cheese, and the remaining sauce. Sprinkle the bacon over the top.
  8. Cover dish and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake another 10 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool 15-20 minutes before serving garnished with pickle relish.

Adapted from Sugar Free MomTiara Logo

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Bacon Cheeseburger Cauliflower Bake

Tell me your thoughts...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s