This recipe has proven to be a real winner in my collection. I thought I’d feature it again today as I’m making it for dinner tonight. It’s one of my favorite cauliflower creations. Smoked Gouda doesn’t melt easily, but if shredded, it usually melts OK. In this dish, it takes an ordinary cauliflower casserole and transforms it into the sublime. 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! I buy my smoked Gouda at Sam’s Club and have discovered, not all stores carry quality smoked Gouda. The brand I bought in San Antonio at my mother’s grocery store was just awful….totally tasteless. This recipe appears in Volume 1 of Low Carbing Among Friends (click for more info) by best-selling author Jennifer Eloff and other talented chefs. There are 5 volumes already released and two more due out soon! More info on their Facebook page linked above. You can order Vol. 1 or the entire set here or at Amazon.com. These cookbooks are filled with easy, gluten-free, tasty low-carb creations by a group of very creative cooks. You’re going to WANT these fast-selling cookbooks, folks. GET YOURS TODAY!
INGREDIENTS: 1 medium-large head cauliflower
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, grated or shredded
¼ tsp. coarse black pepper
Dash salt (optional)
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 (I do not recommend using slices for this. Grate it to facilitate melting). Spoon remaining cauliflower into dish and top with rest of Gouda cheese. Sprinkle with just a dash of salt and pepper if desired, but 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, lowering the net carbs even more)
15.22 g fat
6.17 g carbs, 2.4 g fiber, 3.77 g NET CARBS
8.77 g protein
312 mg sodium