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Cauliflower Scalloped N’otatoes

You just can’t have ham without thinking of scalloped potatoes….  or at least I can’t.  So when I was making ham, I decided to throw together a low carb version of scalloped potatoes and see how it turned out.  It.  Was.  Delicious.

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Cauliflower Scalloped N'otatoes
This creamy, cheesy side dish for ham does not disappoint. You won't miss the potatoes. I promise.
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Ingredients
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice head of cauliflower into small chunks.
  3. Chop onion and into small pieces, and crush the garlic.
  4. Add butter to a small skillet and heat on medium.
  5. When butter is melted and starting to bubble, add onions and garlic and cook on medium-low until onions are translucent.
  6. Pour cream into skillet and turn heat down to low. Add salt to this mixture.
  7. In a buttered casserole dish put half of your cauliflower to cover the bottom and sprinkle with about 1/3 of the cheese. Sprinkle with coarse ground black pepper and then add the other half of the cauliflower.
  8. Add the remaining cheese evenly on the top of the cauliflower, and add more pepper.
  9. As the cream mixture heats up, stir frequently. Once it is heated through and bubbling a bit at the edges, remove from heat and pour over cauliflower and cheese in casserole dish.
  10. Put the casserole dish in the oven for about 25 minutes until top is bubbling and the cheese is browning.
  11. Remove from oven and let sit for about 5 minutes so the sauce can thicken up a bit. Serve alongside ham and a salad and try not to lick your plate.

Salted Chocolate Pecans

Christmas is coming and I was thinking about the bowls of peanut brittle and other sugary snacks that usually abound at this time of year. That got me to thinking about how I could make something that my sugar-free boy could enjoy, along with the rest of the family, on a holiday that centers so much around food, and especially treats.

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Salted Chocolate Pecans
Salty sweet snack that everyone will love but that won't put you into a sugar coma!
Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15-20 minutes
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Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15-20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread pecan halves on a cookie sheet in one layer and put in oven to roast.
  3. It takes about 10 minutes to roast the pecans but you need to watch them quite closely as they can burn and be ruined if you turn your back. I usually set my timer for about 7 minutes and then pay attention closely for the last 3. If you open the oven to check them you can see that they are ready when they are just starting to brown. They also begin to have that delicious, rich, toasted nut smell when they are just about done.
  4. While the pecans are in the oven, put the chocolate chips, cinnamon and butter into a double boiler or just place a heat safe bowl over top of a saucepan filled with water, and bring the water to a low boil.
  5. As the chocolate chips and butter begin to melt, stir occasionally. Once chips are mostly melted, stir in the whipping cream until blended and keep stirring until the chocolate is smooth and silky.
  6. For convenience and ability to create the 'drizzle' effect with chocolate that is not super runny, I put it into an icing decorator bag. My daughter taught me this trick of using a water glass to hold the icing bag open while you spoon in the chocolate. It works like a charm.
  7. Snip a small hole into the end of the icing bag and then 'drizzle' the chocolate back and forth across the pecans making sure that every pecan has chocolate on it.
  8. Sprinkle all pecans with coarse ground pink himalayan sea salt. Don't be too skimpy as you definitely want to taste the salty sweetness in every bite.
  9. Throw in the freezer for about 30 minutes and voila! Good luck only eating one serving.

Cauliflower ‘Bun’ Grilled Cheese

There is nothing I like better than a buttery grilled cheese sandwich – crispy on the outside and all kinds of melted cheese oozing from within. If you’re grain or gluten free, or just a little adventurous, I highly recommend this grilled cheese using Cauliflower Buns.

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Cauliflower 'Bun' Grilled Cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat a skillet on medium and add butter.
  2. When butter is melted, place one cauliflower bun into skillet, top with cheese of choice, and place second cauliflower bun on top.
  3. Cook just as you would a grilled cheese sandwich. Flip once and remove from heat when cheese is melted and starting to ooze.
  4. Serve with tomato soup, ketchup, side salad or just a couple dill pickles and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

The key to this grilled cheese is the Cauliflower Buns.  This recipe is the easiest one to use and has been failsafe in my experience.  My recommendation is to make them relatively thin, as they are quite rich and filling when using two of them at a time!  If you're looking for the tin rings I used to make the perfect sized Cauliflower Buns, you can find them here: Fox Run Set of Four English Muffin Rings