What makes cooking better than baking is the ease in which I can completely transform a dish without really having to think about it. Baking is very much an exact science – too much or too little of one ingredient can make your creation explode or fall apart. I’ve had to clean up many messes from the bottom of my oven because I decided I wanted to be creative with sweets one day.
You’ll find that those problems don’t exist in cooking.
Don’t like that ingredient? You can most likely substitute it for literally anything else. Or leave it out all together.
Don’t want to do all the preparation (blending, mashing, etc.)? Skip it.
As long as you have a basic understanding of cooking (pretty much how not to burn things or poison people) you’ll do fantastically with a little experimentation.
And that’s how this masterpiece was created. Meaty, cheesy goodness.
I had seen a couple different recipes for cauliflower bacon cheeseburger casseroles and while they all looked yummy, they all want you to puree the cauliflower and the beef, use eggs and flour, and blah, blah, blah.
Ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat. So I decided to wing it and the result was delicious!
If you know the jist of making a burger and you know what you like in/on burgers, you can make this. It’s stupid simple.
What you need:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 large head cauliflower
- 6 slices bacon
- 4-6 shakes Worcestershire sauce
- 1 jalapeno
- 2 tsp dried minced onion
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp of your favorite burger seasoning – we used a Tex-Mex chipotle blend.
- 1/4 cup mustard
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 4 oz. cheddar cheese, divided
1. Chop bacon slices and cook until slightly crispy in a large skillet
2. Add ground beef, Worcestershire, jalapeno, and spices to bacon. Brown
3. Chop cauliflower into large florets, place in a large, microwave-safe bowl and microwave for five minutes.
4. In a small bowl mix mustard with salt and pepper.
5. Once meat is browned: layer cauliflower, 1/2 mustard sauce, 2 oz. cheese, beef mixture, remaining sauce, and remaining cheese into a 9×9 casserole dish.
6. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
As mentioned earlier, the best aspect of cooking is the freedom of flavors and ingredients. Pretty much anything that sounds like a good flavor combination will be perfect for this recipe!