Twice baked potatoes do not always end up in the oven for a second time. They are typically prepared in the oven, scooped out, mixed with a few tasty additions and spooned back into their skins while the filling is hot. It is a delicious change from the usual variety that includes butter and sour cream. Tasty additions such as cheddar cheese and bacon are often added to the mix. Although they are hearty and flavorful, they are not a good choice for those on a low-carb diet. If you love the consistency and flavor, try a much healthier alternative. Cauliflower is very versatile, and it can be used instead of starch laden root veggies.
Necessary Ingredients and Supplies
To make easy and delicious low-carb twice baked potatoes you will need fresh or frozen cauliflower. You will also need shredded cheddar cheese, crisp bacon bits, butter and freshly ground black pepper. Salt is not usually necessary since the bacon adds more than enough. Potatoes are not required. In addition to a kettle or microwave-safe dish, a large bowl and a potato masher or a mixer will also be needed for preparation. You will not have to measure anything. Add ingredients according to personal preference. You cannot add too much or too little of anything.
Begin by washing fresh cauliflower and cooking it in water or a steamer basket on top of the stove. Frozen varieties do not require washing. They can be prepared according to package directions on the stove, in a steamer basket or in the microwave. In any case, cook it until is tender.
While the cauliflower is cooking, prepare bacon strips in a skillet or in a microwave on paper plates and toweling. It is far less greasy when microwaved, and the mess is much easier to clean up. Let the bacon to cool to the touch before breaking it into bite-size bits.
Mash the cauliflower with a handheld or electric mixer before it cools off. Milk is not necessary, but a little butter will add flavor while creating a smoother texture. Fold in shredded cheddar cheese and the prepared bacon bits. To complete your low-carb twice baked potatoes, add freshly ground pepper to taste.
Since you will not be refilling empty potato skins, serve them in small oven-safe bowls that are similar in size to large baked potatoes. Use the photo as a guide. If desired, place the bowls in the oven at 350 degrees until the tops are lightly browned. The flavor is phenomenal, and you will not miss the skins or the carbohydrates.
Source: Food Preparation Experience and Experimentation