Cheesey Cauliflower Casserole

by Brittany on March 7, 2012

in Low Carb, lowercase b, Recipes

Cauliflower is the new potato?

Ummm..maybe?  Let me put it this way, I can make it taste good, not like a potato, in fact, I’d compare this dish more to a risotto in terms of consistency, but hey, comfort food is comfort food.

Plus, hello, it’s low carb, if you dig that sort of thing, either way, it’s good eats.

Like I said, I love treating this as a risotto, and it’s amazing along side a steak or some grilled chicken, or a stand alone meal.  Toss in veggies and even add some grilled shrimp, and you’ve got heaven in a bowl, right there.

This dish is crazy easy, stupid cheap, and ridiculous tasty.  Is that enough adjectives for you?

What you’ll need:

1 Large head of cauliflower
5 Button mushrooms, chopped
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
A large spoonful of Cream Cheese (NOT LOW FAT!)
A large spoonful Sour Cream (NOT LOW FAT!)
1 tbsp Butter
Salt and Pepper

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Rinse and cut up the florets from the head of cauliflower.

Place in a steaming bowl with water, and microwave for 20 minutes.

Drain and use a fork or mixing beater to mash up the cauliflower, it should be very soft and easy to smoosh into a mashed potato-like consistency.

Add in the butter, sour cream, cream cheese, salt and pepper and mushrooms.

Stir to mix, then pour into a 8×8 glass baking dish.

Cover with cheese, and bake for 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and golden brown.


{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen March 7, 2012 at 8:17 am

I cannot wait to try this! It sounds so yummy!!


Amateur Mommy March 7, 2012 at 9:27 am

Don’t shoot me, but I probably would do reduced fat for the dairy. We are doing vegetarian for Lent, so I can’t wait to try this!


Brittany March 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

Low fat is fine, but not for low carb, so that NOT LOW FAT only applies for that specific reason, you are good to go!


Holly {Artist Mother Teacher} March 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

“Low fat is fine” I do not understand this sentence.

This looks SO good, Brittany. I’m definitely trying this soon.


Melissann March 22, 2013 at 1:16 am

On a low-carb diet, you need fats for satiety. If you’re on a different diet, then it makes more sense to cut the fat. I personally tend to lean more toward the South Beach version of low carb eating which allows more carbs–so I eat a lot of yogurt, cottage cheese, etc. and they do low-fat on that diet. But not NO fat and not all the time. Plus, you should be aware that most low-fat products replace the fat with carbs…

Cassandra from TX March 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

Mmm, delish! I’m putting these ingredients o my list for my next grocery trip!


Kate March 7, 2012 at 9:54 am

I’ve never tried cauliflower, it looks scary. But anything with cheese and well, cheese I think I can handle.. I might have to try this!


Loren Bell March 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

Thank you for the recipe . . . and for all of the ideas yesterday too! I will definitely be making this this week! It’s hard to feel like you’re on a diet when you’re eating such yummy-good food! Definitely right up my alley!


Brittany March 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Yeah it’s not diety at all, it’s honestly just like eating LESS potatoes and sugar, that’s all.


LouisianaMeredith March 7, 2012 at 10:33 am

Since I’m about to start the Dukan Diet and Gym routine once we find the right thyroid med level for me, I am collecting low carb recipes. Please keep them coming….Love this one and cannot wait to try it!

BTW, “Eclipse” on right now…looking at your blonde twin Rosalie. How on Earth did she get away with not bleaching those eyebrows?!? Alice must have been really busy to let that shit slip. ;)


Brittany March 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm

God I love you. And also, WTF EYEBROWS DUDE.


Jeni March 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

I make something similar, but I don’t microwave the cauliflower. I simmer it in chicken stock on the stove top. We call it California mashers, because that’s what they call it on the menu at Houlihans. You can also saute onions & garlic prior to simmering the cauliflower. But that might be a little highbrow.


Boot~C March 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm

that sounds good, too


Brittany March 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Nice, I will have to try it! You know, if the kids allow me FOUR SECONDS to simmer things, because OMG it’s enough I dare turn away to microwave.


Andee March 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

I knew this recipe was coming today so I bought the cauliflower last night on my “omigod I’m really going low carb” shopping trip ;) Can’t wait to try it!


Brittany March 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Keep me updated!


Kathy March 7, 2012 at 10:51 am

Yum, looks so good! I would try crumbeled bacon in this! Mmmm:)


Brittany March 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm

It’s amazing with bacon!


Mandy_Fish March 7, 2012 at 11:45 am

I didn’t know Low Fat was not Low Carb. Please explain, because clearing I AM DOING IT WRONG!


Mandy_Fish March 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

Clearly. Clearly, I am doing it wrong. And typing it wrong.



Brittany March 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm

There is less carbs in the full fat version of food. When it’s low fat and processed, more carbs are added:)


Sarah March 7, 2012 at 11:52 am

Looks really really really good and cauliflower is my favourite vegetable, much to the distaste of my DH. I always thought the only way to make cheese sauce was to faff about making a white sauce first, then add the grated cheese. Delia Smith’s way will be getting a boot up the arse so I can try this one instead, looks easier and much more yummy. Thanks :D


Melissa March 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Have you seen this recipe for low carb deep dish pizza? The crust is minced chicken and cheese. Brilliant!


Andee March 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Omiyumm, so trying that!


sara March 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Hmmm. What does cauliflower even taste like? Does it mush up enough that you could trick your family into believing it was, in fact, mashed potatoes? Because that is what I have to do these days, trick them into eating things :)


Brittany March 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I can’t really explain what it tastes like, but my kids eat this and think it’s potatoes…so win?


Jessica March 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I make a version more like potatoes, must dry the cauliflower a lot after steaming and blend it with an immersion blender and treat like potatoes, with heavy cream. And the bake for about 15 minutes with pats of butter. My husband was in love!


Boot~C March 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm

this looks great, I wish I had a big plate of it right now! In a weird twist I went to a dinner the other night that had culi puree w/ one course & it was divine,I’m pretty sure it was @ least %45 cream!


Boot~C March 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm



hello haha narf March 7, 2012 at 4:49 pm

sounds SO good. i’ll pick up a head (or two!) of cauliflower tonight!

although why on earth would you microwave the hell out of the cauliflower when you can boil or steam so much faster?


hello haha narf March 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm

i forgot to ask, did you butter or spray the 8×8? (sorry, just learning to cook here!)


shannon March 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I would have never thought of combining these. I’m going to modify this for my diet…lol LOW FAT..and make it as well. Thanks!!!


meleah rebeccah March 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Ohmahgah. YUM.


Robyn March 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I think I’m going to make this tonight – yum!


Ellen Smith March 7, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Ooo! We are doing low carb too. It sucks a nut. I have a recipe for cauliflower crust pizza that’s pretty decent, we also do smashed cauliflower with cheeses and butter. After this diet, I never want to see celery and peanut butter or cauliflower again.


Kristin March 8, 2012 at 11:37 am

Holy freakin balls! Made this last night (left out the mushrooms cause the hubs is anti-fungus, and added some chopped green onion…) It was SOO delicious!! I am NOT a cauliflower fan by any means, but my husband loves it – so I thought I’d give it a whirl. This recipe is awesome because you could customize it however you want – can you say BACON?! Thanks for the recipe Mrs. Gibbons – it’s a “keeper”!!


Anneli March 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Can’t wait to try it — and look forward to more low-carb recipes. My creativity blows, so it’s great to see some good ideas here. Plus, I laugh like a hyena, so we all win. Question: do you have a special vegetable steamer you use? I haven’t done veggies in the microwave before. Appreciate it —


Brittany March 8, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Ha, I use my mom’s steamer, I stole it, I think it’s tupperware from the 80′s, but I found one similar online at Pampered Chef.


Tracy March 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I have a similar recipe that uses Parmesan cheese and more cream cheese and oh my god it is so good, you’ll eat it even if you aren’t low carbing or don’t like cauliflower.


Nellie March 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm

OMG, this recipe is so yummy looking that I actually can’t wait to race home from work to make this….for myself! Okay, I’ll share but seriously, this will now be my most favorite cauliflower dish!


Just Shireen March 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm

NOMS! I will be making this soon!


Joann March 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Wow! My husband is the main person that cooks. Not that I can’t . . . but I have been known to live off of nachos, fried eggs, and orange juice for months at a time.

I digress.

My husband makes these amazing enchiladas with cauliflower and zucchini filling! I will have to try your recipe one night when he’s at school. Make a dairy free portion for the baby and put his cheese on mine and we ALL WIN!

Thanks for easy recipes!!!


Meg March 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm

You’re a genius. Having this recipe in a few minutes with turkey meatloaf. Yay for comfort foods!


Adrienne March 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I made this tonight and it was amazing! thanks for sharing.


Kelli D April 11, 2012 at 4:48 am

This sounded so delicious I immediately looked up how I could make this “Kelli friendly” aka no dairy, soy, corn, or wheat. This is so going on next week’s meal plan! :]


c ynthia May 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I am making this TONIGHT!! :-)


Stephanie May 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm

This recipe is absolutely DELICIOUS!!! I’ve made it twice now and everyone loved it!! Some had no clue it was even cauliflower. :-)


Christina August 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I made this last night. My husband and I have been on low carb for one week. I’m down 8 pounds…woohoo!! I won’t let my husband tell me how much he loses :P
This was soooooo delicious!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!


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