A cheesy low-carb cauliflower grits casserole with bacon and green chile!
Happy Hump Day! I hope this Wednesday finds you feeling cheerful and joyous — or at least content and productive. We’re halfway through the week! I’ve been going nonstop the past couple days, and I’m looking forward to chilling with my family and eating pizza (from today’s recipe testing!) this evening. During busy days like these, I tend to crave comfort foods like gluten-free pizza, fried eggs, and sweet potatoes. Yup, those are my favorite comfort foods.
You know what else qualifies as comfort food? Grits. Especially in the south!
I don’t live in the south (not really), but I still have fond memories of biiiiig bowls of cheesy grits as part of dinner. In fact, my grandparents and extended family make a casserole that they call “Grits Rellenos.” This casserole was inspired by chile rellenos, a New Mexican classic. The casserole has grits, eggs, bacon, green chile, and cheese! Lots and lots of cheese.
Since we live in New Mexico, we eat green chile at least once a week (often more). You’ll find plenty of spicy Mexican recipes on my blog! 😉 Although I love Mexican food, I don’t love corn . . .at least, my stomach doesn’t. My tastebuds probably love it a little too much. (So I try not to eat it very often.) That’s why I made this low-carb version of the Grits Rellenos casserole. Enter our superhero: cauliflower “grits!” The cauliflower grits casserole still has cheese, because I just think cheese makes things taste better. Also, cheese is definitely low-carb, so I figured I could get away with sneaking it into this recipe.
We start this casserole by sauteeing bacon, green chile, and fresh garlic. Once they’re fragrant and soft, we add a whole head of riced cauliflower! (Yum!) While the cauliflower cooks, we grate a lot of mozzarella cheese and whisk some eggs with coconut oil or ghee. Then, we throw everything together in a baking dish and chuck it in the oven. Thirty minutes later, we have eight servings of low-carb, cheesy bliss.
Obviously, it’s not die-hard Paleo (hello, two cups of shredded mozzarella), but you could omit the cheese if you wanted. Even though it’s not Paleo or dairy-free, it’s great for people on a keto or low-carb diet! Cauliflower is a delicious cruciferous vegetable. <— Hey, that was a good rhyme! It can be used in many recipes as a potato, rice, or (in this case) grits substitute. In fact, an entire head of cauliflower contains only 29 total grams of carbohydrate! I don’t know about you, but I think that’s crazy!
You know what else is crazy? How good this casserole is.
Yeah, that joke was cheesy. But you know what else is cheesy? This casserole.
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