Smoked Gouda Cauliflower

Smoked gouda Cauliflower

This recipe was inspired by one in Dana Carpender’s 500 Low-Carb Recipes. Most people do not cook cauliflower casseroles with this particular cheese as it doesn’t melt easily (why it is mixed into the dish here rather than being spread on top).  But once it DOES eventually melt, it truly transforms the ordinary into  the sublime.  In my opinion, it is the smoked Gouda that truly sets this dish apart from all the other cauliflower casseroles I have ever eaten.  I served it to my brother, who was once an executive chef at Top of the Mark in San Francisco and he RAVED about it!  It’s Atkins Induction friendly, too!

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1 medium large head cauliflower

6 oz. cream cheese, softened

4 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, grated

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

Dash salt

Optional:  chopped chives or green onion to top

DIRECTIONS: Cut up cauliflower into manageable pieces and boil or steam until tender.  Drain off any water and mash the chunks up slightly with a fork (do not puree, however).   Stir in softened cream cheese until it is melted and blended well.  Grease glass casserole dish and spoon half the cauliflower mixture in.  Sprinkle with half the grated smoked Gouda.  Spoon remaining cauliflower into dish and top with rest of Gouda cheese.   Sprinkle with just a dash of salt, as the cheese has a lot of sodium.  If you are sodium sensitive, I wouldn’t add ANY salt.   Sometimes I add some chopped chives or green onion to the top, but this is not in the nutritional info below.  Bake at 350º for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 6, each serving contains:  (you may get up to 8 servings and that will lower the net carbs even more)

190.3 cals, 15.22g fat, 6.17g carbs, 2.4g fiber, 3.77g NET CARBS, 8.77g protein, 312 mg  sodium

39 thoughts on “Smoked Gouda Cauliflower

    1. Glad you all liked it, Sherry! Not surprised a bit. It’s been one of the top 10 most popular recipes on my blog nearly 10 years now. Come back and browse away. You may fine more that you’ll want to test out. 🙂

    1. Well, I don’t think they would be good with smoked Gouda. I think they would overpower the delicate flavor of the smoked Gouda. Of course, everyone’s taste is different, so who am I to say? 🙂 But if you were to make this with Cheddar or American cheese, then I think that would be real good, but an entirely a different dish!

  1. Eric Renard

    I have prepared this recipe numerous times. EVERYONE raves about it. It has become a holiday staple. It’s imperative that the cream cheese is mixed into the cauliflower while it’s hot. It’s also very helpful to grate the gouda using the smallest grind. This helps the gouda melt and meld better.

    1. I’m so glad your crew likes this, Eric! My late brother was a professional chef and from the day I made it for him, he told me he served it often for company fare. He always asked for it when he visited me in Texas. 🙂 And it’s so darned easy to make! A win-win in my book. 🙂

  2. Kim

    This stuff is phenomenal. I made it for the first time several years ago and I have to now take it to every family function. Everyone requests it, and it is so much easier than the cauliflower mash – a lot less labor intensive and much tastier!

  3. Eric R. Wilson

    You cannot go wrong with this recipe. There’s no reason to cook cauliflower any other way – grilled cauliflower steak included. I have made this recipe a few times. The casserole always gets rave reviews. My daughter and I have spent holidays with dear friends for a decade and a half. Early one Thanksgiving afternoon, I decided to prepare this while we were finishing dinner. Luckily, I cut the casserole six pieces as it went like wildfire. It was added to our Christmas menu that year and we go crazy each time I make it.

    1. So glad you folks like this. Not sure what posessed me to put Smoked Gouda in a baked casserole of cauliflower, but I’m ever so glad I did. My late brother was a professional chef, Executive Chef at the famed Top of the Mark in San Francisco for a time, and thought this was the very best cauliflower he had ever tasted. Can’t tell you how that makes me smile when I think of him saying that. 🙂 Many happy Christmases ahead for you and your family with this one on the table. 🙂

    1. Sorry I was out of town with out-of-state visitors and missed your post. I like to serve this with baked ham or char-grilled steaks best. It is also good with grilled fish or shrimp. Hope you like this one and that your dinner party is a success. 🙂

  4. Crystal Petersen

    This is to die for! I’m making it again tonight. The flavors and texture are perfect. This is now my favorite cauliflower recipe. I’m committed to the Keto way of life and this is a perfect dish for everyday or a fancy dinner for company.

    1. Isn’t this a good one? I’m so glad you like it as much as we do. It’s pretty special compared to similar recipes using cheddar cheese, I think. The key is to have a really good, quality Smoked Gouda. ENJOY!

      1. Crystal Petersen

        I leave the cauliflower in smaller pieces and don’t mash it. After adding the cream cheese to the hot cauliflower and mixing it I microwave it for 30 seconds at a time stirring in between until the cream cheese is soft( not melted) and can get it mixed up

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