I didn't really know what to call this one, hence the quotations. I could have dubbed it a paleo cauliflower casserole, but I already have a few cauliflower pie/bake recipes posted. Also, I had a specific goal in mind when making it; I wanted to turn the topping I use on my paleo shepherd's pie into some sort of casserole reminiscent of baked potato with the fixings.
Since this was an experiment I used one head of cauliflower, which yielded 2 individual ramekins of casserole. You could double the recipe to either fill 2 ramekins or a proper casserole dish.
The use of dairy here is totally optional. I stirred in a little goat cheese because I was looking for some tang. The ghee/butter and splash of coconut milk will add a creamy texture on their own, and this was still taste delicious if you want to keep it 100% paleo.
I liked using the ramekins, as they yielded more of the crisp topping that is my favorite part. I stirred some of my green onion and bacon into the cauliflower, and reserved some to sprinkle on top before serving.
This tasted great alongside some roasted chicken on a rainy day!
Paleo "Baked Potato" Casserole
1 large head of cauliflower
1-2 tbs. ghee, butter or coconut oil
splash of coconut milk
generous amount of garlic powder, salt & pepper
pinch of ground nutmeg
3 slices nitrite-free bacon, cooked until crisp & crumbled
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1-2 tbs. goat cheese (optional)
Preheat oven to 375.
Cut cauliflower into florets and cook in a large pot of boiling water until soft. Drain and return to pot. Add butter, ghee or coconut oil and a splash of coconut milk. Using a stick blender, process until the cauliflower is smooth.
Season generously with salt, pepper, garlic powder and a bit of nutmeg, to taste. Heat over low heat for one minute, then remove from heat.
Stir most of crumbled bacon and green onion into cauliflower mixture, reserving a little for topping. Stir in goat cheese, if using.
Divide cauliflower mixture into 2 greased ramekins (or spread into a small greased baking dish) and bake for 25 minutes at 375.
Top with remaining crumbled bacon and sliced green onion.