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Monday, October 17, 2016

CAULI TOT HAMBURGER BAKE









CAULI TOT HAMBURGER BAKE

This casserole is chock-full of lovely healthy vegetables.  Cauliflower florets are the stand-ins for tator tots.  This was a very satisfying dish and the molten cheese mixture of Mozzarella and Swiss cheese is super-tasty!  Serve with a salad on the side or with delicious soft green beans (boil soft) and fry in a little butter, adding seasoning salt and pepper, to taste. 

P.S.  This casserole is rather flexible.  If you are not a fan of some of the veggies...leave them out or substitute a veggie you will like.   Either way, it's bound to be good!

6 slices bacon
1 cup chopped onion (250 mL)
1 green pepper, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
Seasoning salt, to taste
22 oz cauliflower florets (0.6 kg)
2 lbs lean ground beef (0.9 kg)
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese (250 mL)
1 cup grated Swiss cheese (250 mL)
Creamy Sauce:
8 oz regular cream cheese (250 g)
1 cup whipping cream (250 mL)
2 tbsp light-tasting olive oil (30 mL)
2 tsp onion salt (10 mL)
1/tsp white pepper (1 mL)

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

In nonstick frying pan, over medium heat, cook bacon until turning crisp.  Set the bacon aside.  Pour off the fat and in about 1 tbsp bacon fat, cook the onion until softening.  Add the green and red peppers and stir fry until tender.  Sprinkle with seasoning salt, to taste.  Set the vegetables aside. 

In pot of boiling water (or use a steamer), cook cauliflower florets until tender.

In same frying pan, brown the ground beef over medium heat.  Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.  Add cooked onions and peppers. Place this mixture in a 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33 cm) casserole dish.  Spread the cooked cauliflower florets over top, as well as the bacon broken into little pieces.  Pour the creamy sauce over top and sprinkle with Mozzarella and Swiss cheeses.  Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until cheese is golden brown in places.

Creamy Sauce:  In nonstick frying pan or pot, place cream cheese (broken up), whipping cream, olive oil, onion salt and white pepper.  Bring to the boil, chopping the cream cheese ever smaller, until it is possible to whisk the sauce into a smooth consistency.

Yield:  9 servings
1 serving
534.9 calories
34.1 g protein
39.9 g fat
2.1 g fiber
8.2 g net carbs

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