Friday, November 17, 2017

Low-carb, simple, crowd-pleasing side dish for Thanksgiving

Hi dear friends. Are you enjoying this Thanksgiving series?  It's been pretty quiet in the comment section lately, and that's often how we bloggers are able to gauge if a series is helpful or interesting. Thank you to everyone who has taken a moment to comment or share!  I really value your feedback and would love to hear from you all! 

Today I am sharing a family favorite with you.  A Cauliflower Bacon Gratin recipe.  It's so yum.  I have made it every Thanksgiving for at least the last five years, perhaps even longer.  I have spied people who are self proclaimed cauliflower haters going back for seconds and even requesting the recipe.  That's just good press. 

I like an easy recipe and this doesn't get any easier in my opinion because you basically mix it in the pan with the exception of one small  bowl to mix the cream and cheese in. I always double the recipe so I am giving you the doubled version which serves twelve because don't even make this if you aren't going to double it. It will disappear far to quickly otherwise!  And it's low carb if you're into that sort of thing.

Cauliflower Bacon Gratin
3 bags frozen cauliflower florets
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup real bacon pieces
1 cup crunchy topping (we use crushed pork rinds to keep it low carb) (you can also use breadcrumbs or crushed crackers)
2 tbsp. butter, cut into small pieces

Butter a 9x13 baking dish and preheat oven to 400.
Add the cauliflower to the dish.
In a small bowl mix the cream, salt and pepper and parmesan.  Pour over the top of cauliflower and lightly toss to coat.
Sprinkle with bacon pieces and crushed pork rinds (or other crunchy topping) and dot with butter pieces.  Cover with foil, and bake 30 min, the remove foil and bake an additional 10-15 min.  Serve immediately.

Straight out of the oven it's all bubbly and crunchy on top and everyone fights for the first scoop.

**As a bonus recipe I wanted to share another long-time favorite appetizer for those hungry thanksgiving guests in your house...   I discovered the best stuffed mushroom recipe from a five star chef who shared his crazy simple recipe, twenty years ago.  I happened to work with his wife and she convinced him to share.  There isn't even a recipe and I'm sorry I don't have a photo because I haven't made it just yet but I'll  be sharing these with my guests on the actual day of Thanksgiving.

All it is... (are you ready?) mushrooms cleaned and stems gently pulled out... then simply spread or pipe room-temperature, Herbed Boursin cheese into the mushroom cavity. (I get mine at Costco but most grocery stores carry it.)  Place mushrooms into baking dish and bake at 350, for 15-20 minutes until cheese is browning and mushrooms are tender.  Time varies depending on size of mushrooms.  Serve warm.  They go fast as well. Simple.

Happy Hosting, XOXO, 


  1. Loving the series so much! I'm also taking notes....I can't wait to try out a couple of your suggestions (keeping the kids table away until it's time to eat...geez I should've already thought of that b/c it makes perfect sense!). I also love the simplicity of these posts, with the minimal décor. That speaks to my heart and I'm hoping will help my family and friends feel the love within our home. Happy Thanksgiving to you guys too!

  2. Sounds and looks delish!! I won't be making it for Thanksgiving, but will be trying t sometime. :)

  3. MMMMMM the cauliflower receipe sounds so good. I am making this for our Christmas Eve dinner this year. Thanks for sharing

  4. Thank you for sharing. God has definitely given you the gift of hospitality and that's a wonderful ministry to have. Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Thank you for sharing this Sasha! I am catching up on your series! Looks like a good recipe to try! You have a beautiful home!

  6. This looks great! I'm not even going to wait for Thanksgiving to try it!
    Thank you for sharing!

  7. This looks amazing. I will be trying it very soon. I have recently become familiar with cauliflower rice and it is so good!

  8. Thank you for sharing. I really like the series as it is simple and doable. This recipe is definitely one I'm going to try.