Cauliflower Au Gratin

 

I found this on a low-carb forum years ago. We all love it, even the kids!

 

1 large head of cauliflower

1 1/2 cups whipping cream

6 ounces cream cheese

5 slices bacon, fried and crumbled

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Salt, fresh ground pepper and fresh ground nutmeg to taste

 

Trim leaves and the end of stalk from cauliflower. Cut into quarters and steam for 10 to 15 minutes, until crisp-tender (this step can be done using a microwave oven or stove top add some water if doing this on the stove). Remove from heat and cover while you prepare the sauce.

 

Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the cream cheese, keep whisking until it is smooth and then let the mixture come to a boil. Generously season with salt, ground pepper, and ground nutmeg.

 

Remove the cauliflower to a cutting board. Rather than separate it into "florets", cut each quarter of the cauliflower into slices about 1/4 inch thick. Some pieces will crumble. That's okay. Place a layer of cauliflower on the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch pan. Season with salt and pepper. Place the rest of the slices and any crumbled pieces on top. Season that layer with salt and pepper. Pour the hot cream mixture over the cauliflower. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes, then add the crumbled bacon and bake for 10-15 minutes more, until the top is browned and the cauliflower is completely tender. The cream should be reduced and thickened. Enjoy!