Okay.....yes.....you did read that correctly.....this is a low-carb casserole. I know I'm not known for having ANYTHING low-carb on my site but this is the exception! Back before my daughter came home from Korea, Jimmy and I went on a THAT diet. Ewwww.......I know! Lord knows I could use THAT diet again but sorry Charlie! It ain't happenin'! Can you see the carrots in the background? Carrots are NOT low-carb (especially if you put brown sugar in them.......guilty!)
Anyway, I made this casserole back in the day and it was so delicious that we still crave it. My 11 year old daughter Bay just came in for her THIRD helping! It's seriously that good!!
Now......a little about my technique. It's weird! I know that, but it works so bear with me. I start with cheese and one layer of cauliflower on the bottom. Odd I know but that way the hamburger is not all loose and running around the plate. It holds together much better when serving it up as well. The other thing that's a little strange is that there is a small amount of cheese in the meat and thyme. It just adds more cheesy goodness so just do it. ;)
Cauliflower Shepherds Pie
1 large head Cauliflower
3 tablespoons cream cheese
2 tablespoons butter
2-3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef, cooked and drained
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 (4 oz) can mushrooms, drained
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon chopped chives, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Chop cauliflower and steam until very tender.
Put in a food processor along with cream cheese, butter, milk and garlic and thyme.
Mix well and add season to taste.
Spray a 9x13 baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese
and top with ½ of the cauliflower puree.
Next pour on the hamburger meat and mushrooms then the rest of the cauliflower puree.
Top with the rest of the cheddar cheese and chives.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until heated through.
The bottom line is that whether you are low-carbing it or not......you will love this casserole!