Here's a delicious ham and cauliflower casserole that's super easy to prepare. It's the perfect way to repurpose leftover ham!
Why you'll love it
If you have leftover ham, then you need this recipe. It's a delicious way to reuse all that ham so that you enjoy it again. We all need recipes that repurpose food in a new way.
This ham casserole is filled with crispy yet tender cauliflower florets and covered in a tantalizing cream sauce. Then, it's all topped with shredded cheddar cheese.
The cheese gets all melted and gooey within this low-carb cauliflower casserole with ham. It's the perfect way to use up any leftover ham from the holidays. Or, you could use deli ham if you don't have leftovers from a large baked ham.
Even if you are just looking for a fun new side dish, this ham and cheese recipe is perfect!
For this leftover ham casserole, I use really easy ingredients to find. Here's a bit more information about what I used.
As long as the ham is made without a sugary glaze, you can use it. If you use country ham, I suggest not adding more salt to the recipe.
Here's my recipe for keto glazed ham!
Use either fresh cauliflower or frozen cauliflower florets. You can even add in some broccoli florets to mix things up.
Any type of cheese will work perfectly in this casserole. Shredded cheddar is the easiest to find and use.
I chose to use taco cheese in this cheesy low-carb ham casserole because it has a nice spicy flavor. Honestly, regular cheddar cheese goes well too.
The egg is used as a binding agent to keep everything in this casserole together.
I used both unsweetened almond milk and heavy cream. This milk mixture gives a deep flavor profile to the dish!
I kept this casserole basic and just used some dried minced onion and garlic powder.
The crushed pork rinds are optional. I added them on top to give the leftover ham casserole a lovely crunch. You can also top it off with some keto breadcrumbs!
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Add fresh veggies. Be creative and make this dish with your favorite low-carb vegetables.
- Add an additional egg. If you want the ingredients to stick together more, just add another egg.
- To make it dairy-free, use almond milk. Replace the cream with unsweetened almond milk and a pinch of xanthan gum to thicken it!
Here's how to make your leftover ham casserole easily in the oven. All the complete instructions for this casserole recipe are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.
Pre-cook the cauliflower
First, preheat the oven so that it will be ready when you need to bake the casserole.
Then, either steam the fresh cauliflower in boiling water on the stove or in the microwave. You just want them to be crisp-tender.
Mix ham and cauliflower
Then, mix your cauliflower with some keto ham. I chopped it into small bite-sized, diced pieces.
Stir milk mixture
In a separate mixing bowl, stir the milk, cream, and spices together. Then, add it to the ham and cauliflower mixture in your casserole dish.
Add cheese to ham and cauliflower casserole
Next, add the cheese to the casserole. It's best to shred the cheese yourself because pre-shredded cheese has added starch to keep the shredded cheese from clumping together.
Some dried minced onion and garlic powder rounded out the taste.
Top with pork rinds and more cheese
A little bit of grated cheddar cheese was saved to sprinkle on top. I also added some crushed pork rinds, but you can leave those out if you'd like.
️ Serving suggestions
This is one of my favorite side dishes because it goes with almost any main entree you prepare. It will taste perfect for breakfast alongside some keto biscuits and gravy!
Or, prepare some cauliflower rice and low-carb baked beans for a filling and delicious dinner.
This is such a simple recipe, so there are a lot of different variations and changes you can make that will still taste delicious.
Instead of cauliflower, make ham and broccoli. You can change it up and make a broccoli casserole with fresh broccoli florets. You can use frozen broccoli too!
Add some sour cream and mustard powder to give it a tangier taste. If you want the casserole to be thicker and richer, add some softened cream cheese!
Before we get to the printable recipe card, here are some questions people often ask about how to make this ham and cheese casserole.
You can buy ham straight from the deli counter or buy ham steaks from the meat section of the grocery store. However, when you buy ham, always read the ingredients label. Do not buy ham that has sugar as one of the ingredients.
Yes, ham is keto-friendly meat - as long as you make sure not to eat ham that is covered in a maple or sugar glaze. By itself, ham is just like any other type of meat.
Store leftover keto ham casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This side dish will stay fresh for up to three days.
if you have a larger family to feed. It's a simple meal to make for dinner on weeknights or busy weekends.
If you enjoyed this keto ham and cauliflower casserole recipe, here are some more easy casserole recipes and keto side dishes you should make next. They are some of my favorites!
- Keto Taco Pie is an entire meal in one dish, layered with cheese, ground beef, and lots of spices.
- Chicken Broccoli Casserole with Cream Cheese is so rich and filling and compliments any meal.
- Low Carb Chicken Green Bean Casserole is another light and creamy casserole that kids love.
- Keto Hamburger Cabbage Casserole is a creative and tasty way to cook cabbage.
- Philly Cheesesteak Casserole is packed with peppers and lots of cheese - and it only has 4 grams of net carbs per serving.
Cheesy Ham and Cauliflower Casserole
- 1 pound ham
- 16 oz bag frozen cauliflower or mix with broccoli
- 2 cups taco or cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 egg
- ½ cup almond milk
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ cup crushed pork rinds optional
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Microwave cauliflower 5 minutes.
- Mix ham and cauliflower in 9x13 casserole dish.
- Beat egg with milk, cream, dried onion and garlic powder.
- Stir egg mixture into ham and cauliflower.
- Reserve ½ cheese.
- Mix remaining 1 ½ cups cheese with other ingredients.
- Top mixture with reserved cheese and crushed pork rinds, if desired.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [serving_size] => 224 [calories] => 327 [carbohydrates] => 8.3 [protein] => 24.6 [fat] => 21.9 [saturated_fat] => 11.6 [cholesterol] => 117 [sodium] => 870 [potassium] => 520 [fiber] => 3 [sugar] => 2.3 [vitamin_a] => 500 [vitamin_c] => 52.8 [calcium] => 340 [iron] => 1.6 [serving_unit] => g )
Notes on Nutritional Information
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First published on May 16, 2011. Post updated on May 24, 2022, with additional recipe information and new photos.
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