Slow Cooker Eggs, Chorizo, and Hash Browns Casserole

Piece of Slow Cooker Eggs Casserole on a plate with scallions. It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas

This post is sponsored by Pete & Gerry’s Eggs. All opinions are my own. 

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This Slow Cooker Eggs, Chorizo, and Hash Browns Cheesy Casserole is perfect for a weeknight dinner (why not eggs for dinner!?) or entertaining for breakfast or brunch. And for busy mornings, like Christmas, it COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP!

Piece of Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on a plate with scallions. It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

…As visions of a Slow Cooker Eggs, Chorizo, and Hash Browns Cheesy Casserole danced in their heads.  Yes, friends, welcome to the recipe that dreams are made of.  This is a slow cooker breakfast that will cook while you sleep!  You happily wake up to the amazing aromas of chorizo sausage, cheese, potatoes, and eggs. 

This is my Slow Cooker scrambled eggs recipe with Chorizo, and Hash Browns Casserole. It’s inspired by my Mom’s breakfast casseroles and the love my husband and I have for Chorizo (See my recent Chorizo Patatas Bravas recipe!).   It has salty and slightly spicy chorizo, hearty and savory hash browns, and creamy, nutty cheddar and manchego cheeses.  All of this goodness sets up in a fluffy egg mixture for the perfect crowd-pleasing, help-yourself breakfast.

Slow Cooker Eggs, Chorizo, and Hash Browns Cheesy Casserole. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

The Best Part?  These Slow Cooker Eggs Cook While You Sleep! 

I thought my love for my slow cooker was strong before.  But now that I know it can cook eggs while I sleep!?  Well, let’s just say I feel sorry for the person that tries to come between me and my slow cooker!  I mean, what could be better when your house is full of family and friends for the holidays, than to wake up to the smell of a cooked breakfast casserole?  This Slow Cooker Chorizo & Potato Egg Casserole is the stuff that dreams are made of – literally! 

Piece of Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on a plate with Pete & Gerry's Eggs in background.  It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses.  IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

The Next Best Part?  Delicious High Quality Eggs!

If you’re gonna make a recipe that’s almost entirely eggs, then you have to use high quality eggs.  I love Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs.  They are always free from pesticides, added hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs.  And all Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs come from small family farms that are dedicated to humane animal treatment, safety, and environmental sustainability.  I can find them right at my local grocery store chains and don’t have to go searching high and low to find them.

Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on a plate with Pete & Gerry's Eggs Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

I make hard boiled eggs and have them on hand for salads, for snacking, for adding to soups, and more!

Here are some more delicious egg recipes to try!

Piece of Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on a plate with scallions. It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Slow Cooker or Oven-Safe Casserole Dish

I made this recipe in my crock pot, a 6 quart slow cooker. However, you could also make it in an oven-safe casserole dish in the oven. See recipe notes for instructions to bake in the oven.

Prep-Ahead Steps for Slow Cooker Eggs, Chorizo, and Hash Browns Casserole

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

For this recipe, you can prep the Chorizo, Scallions, and Cheese in advance. 

Chorizo comes in a few different variations. You will find fully cooked sausage, raw sausage, and dry-cured. For this recipe, you will not want dry-cured. You can get either the fully cooked or raw sausage, both of which will likely have a casing that you will want to remove. I used a fully cooked chorizo.  If you get the raw chorizo, you will want to cook it in a skillet before adding it to the slow cooker.

Prep the chorizo by removing the outer casing.  Then rough chop the chorizo up into small pieces, somewhere between the size of a pea and a grape.   This size will evenly distribute throughout the entire casserole.  Store sealed in the fridge until ready to cook.

Peeling casing from Chorizo for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes
Chopped Chorizo for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Slice the scallions. Shred the cheeses. 

COOK YOUR SLOW COOKER EGG CASSEROLE 

Let’s get cooking!  Again, for this recipe and any recipe where eggs are the hero, I use high quality eggs.  I love Pete and Gerry’s for this one.  Crack 12 eggs into a large bowl. Add most of the scallions, saving some of the greens for garnish. Add salt and pepper, then add 1 cup of milk and beat until mixed.

12 eggs in bowl for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes
Pouring milk into eggs with scallions in bowl for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

To the slow cooker pot, add the frozen hash browns, salt, pepper, and the chorizo. Mix together.

Add the shredded cheeses and mix together. Then pour over the egg mixture and lightly stir, just so the eggs seep into all the potatoes.

Raw hash browns and chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe
Raw eggs, hash browns, cheese, chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Set the Slow Cooker to 6 hours, low. Do this right before the last person turns into bed for the night, so that you wake up to this wonderful breakfast. After 6 hours, the slow cooker will go to warm mode so that it won’t overcook, but stay warm until you are ready to eat!

The easiest way to slice and serve is to remove the slow cooker pot and place a plate/platter over top. Then invert the pot so the casserole slides right out onto the plate. You can flip it over if you like so the ‘pretty’ side is up or just cut and serve.

Slow Cooker inverted to get Egg Casserole out. Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe
eggs for dinner!?) or entertaining for breakfast or brunch. And for busy mornings, like Christmas, it COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP!

Garnish with the remaining scallion slices.  ENJOY! 😍 Carrie

Recipe FAQs

Is there a substitute for Chorizo in this Slow Cooker Eggs Recipe?

If you want to substitute chorizo, you can use another cooked meat, such as Italian sausage, ham, or bacon. For each of these, you will want to cut it into bite-size pieces and cook it first, cool it, then add it to the eggs and potatoes in the slow cooker.

How do I make this Egg Casserole Vegetarian?

You can make this egg casserole vegetarian by simply eliminating the chorizo sausage. If you want, you can replace it with seared mushrooms, bell peppers, or another vegetable of your choice.

Can I cook this in the oven?

Bake, uncovered, at 350F degrees for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Can I store the uncooked casserole in the refrigerator before cooking?

You can store the uncooked casserole in the fridge for up to 2 days in an airtight container.

Piece of Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on a plate with scallions. It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Slow Cooker Eggs, Chorizo, and Hash Browns Casserole

This Slow Cooker Eggs, Chorizo, and Hash Browns Casserole is so incredibly satisfying and delicious with so many layers of flavor.  The best part is that it COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP!  So you wake up to the beautiful aromas of salty and slightly spicy chorizo sausage, hearty and savory hash browns, and creamy, nutty cheddar and manchego cheeses.  All of this goodness sets up in a fluffy egg mixture for the perfect crowd-pleasing, help-yourself breakfast. #eggs #breakfast #brunch #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Spanish
Keyword chorizo, egg casserole, eggs, hash browns, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 10 servings
Calories 358 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Hash Browns
  • 12 Eggs
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 3 links Chorizo
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 6 oz Manchego Cheese, shredded
  • 3 Scallions
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Prep the chorizo by removing the outer casing.

    Peeling casing from Chorizo for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes
  2. Then rough chop the chorizo up into small pieces, somewhere between the size of a pea and a grape. Store sealed in the fridge until ready to cook.

    Chopped Chorizo for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes
  3. Slice the scallions. Shred the cheeses.

Cook your Egg Casserole

  1. Crack 12 eggs into a large bowl. Add most of the scallions, saving some of the greens for garnish. Add salt and pepper, then add 1 cup of milk and beat until mixed.

    Pouring milk into eggs with scallions in bowl for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe
  2. To the slow cooker pot, add the frozen hash browns, salt, pepper, and the chorizo. Mix together.

    Raw hash browns and chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe
  3. Add the shredded cheeses and mix together. Then pour over the egg mixture and lightly stir, just so the eggs seep into all the potatoes.

    Pouring raw eggs over hash browns, cheese, chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe
  4. Set the Slow Cooker to 6 hours, low. Do this right before the last person turns into bed for the night, so that you wake up to this wonderful breakfast. After 6 hours, the slow cooker will go to warm mode so that it won't overcook, but stay warm until you are ready to eat!

  5. The easiest way to slice and serve is to remove the slow cooker pot and place a plate/platter over top. Then invert the pot so the casserole slides right out onto the plate. You can flip it over if you like so the 'pretty' side is up or just cut and serve. Garnish with the remaining scallion slices and Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  1. Substitutes for Chorizo – If you want to substitute chorizo, you can use another cooked meat, such as Italian sausage, ham, or bacon. For each of these, you will want to cut it into bite-size pieces and cook it first, cool it, then add it to the eggs and potatoes in the slow cooker.
  2. Making this Vegetarian – You can make this egg casserole vegetarian by simply eliminating the chorizo sausage. If you want, you can replace it with seared mushrooms, bell peppers, or another vegetable of your choice.
  3. Cooking in the oven – Add all ingredients to a casserole dish.  Bake, uncovered, at 350F degrees for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. You can store the uncooked casserole in the fridge for up to 2 days in an airtight container.

 

 

Gluten Free Cauliflower Cheese and Ham Bake

Close up of Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake with parsley and breadcrumb topping. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
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This Gluten Free Cauliflower, Cheese and Ham Bake is a creamy, hearty, and healthy main dish or side.  Prepare the entire recipe ahead to save time and simply toss in the oven when you want to serve it for dinner.

Close up of Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake with parsley and breadcrumb topping. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

This Gluten Free Cauliflower Cheese and Ham Bake is a creamy, hearty, scrumptious dish.  It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it’s baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish!  You save time by not having to make a separate cheese sauce, everything comes together in one dish!

We have all heard of Cordon Bleu, right?  Most likely Chicken Cordon Bleu is the most familiar recipe.  So, this recipe is inspired by those flavors but in a healthier recipe that’s also gluten free.  The cauliflower takes on the role of both the ‘meat’ and the starch, so no other rice or pasta is even needed.  

Gluten Free Cauliflower Cheese and Ham Bake on plate with casserole dish in background. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

CAULIFLOWER IS HEALTHY AND VERSATILE

Cauliflower is not only versatile, it’s a great substitute for meat in so many recipes and it’s full of health benefits!  While studying for my Certification in Nutrition at Cornell, I learned how important it is to get enough fiber in your diet and how many of us are not getting enough.  But we often associate fiber with carbohydrates or even gluten.  Cauliflower is both low in carbs, it’s high in Fiber!  Cauliflower is a Cruciferous Veggie, just like Broccoli and Kale, which we all know are extremely good for us.  Just like broccoli and kale, cauliflower also contains so many vitamins and minerals, as well as important Antioxidants.

Head of cauliflower for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

If you want to try more cauliflower recipes, here are a few favorites on the blow. 

First, for cauliflower cream sauces.  Have you tried this delicious trend yet?  The cauliflower is pureed into a creamy sauce that really takes on any flavors that you add to it!  These Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce is a delicious example of this!  Or try this healthy Green Cauliflower Cream Fettuccine

For Cauliflower that acts as the ‘meat’ in a recipe, try my Korean Rice Bowl with Lentils & Cauliflower or how about Quinoa, Cauliflower, and Black Bean Burritos where you will not believe how amazing the flavor is!

Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake with parsley and breadcrumb topping. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

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TIME SAVING PREP-AHEAD STEPS

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

This is one of those casseroles that you can make in 2 stages or make entirely ahead and reheat.  If you want this as a side dish, you could cut the recipe in half.  

It starts with an entire head of cauliflower.  Cut the head of cauliflower in half and then quarters. Cut out the core and discard. Then cut off into bite-size florets.

Knife cutting cauliflower head in half for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Knife cutting cauliflower for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Cauliflower florets in bowl for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Next, you can prep ahead all of the other ingredients…mince the garlic, shred the gruyere, chop the parsley, dice the ham.  For the ham, I used leftover ham from Easter, but you can ask your deli for some thick slices of ham and use that to dice up into bite-size pieces. 

Diced Ham for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

At this point, you can store the prepared ingredients in the fridge or continue on to put everything together and bake.

COOK YOUR GLUTEN FREE CAULIFLOWER CHEESE BAKE

You will need a 9×13 Casserole Dish or similar size for the full recipe.

In the casserole dish, start by mixing the cold milk with the cornstarch until dissolved. Then add in the broth, then cheese, dijon mustard, parsley, and ham. Add the cauliflower florets and mix to combine.

Adding cornstarch to milk for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Broth being poured into dish for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Diced Ham, parsley, and sauce in dish for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Adding cauliflower florets to casserole for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Raw Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake in dish. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Bake in a 350 F degree oven for 50 minutes covered. Then remove the cover, stir, and bake for another 10 minutes uncovered. 

While the cauliflower casserole is baking, make the topping.  I make my own gluten free breadcrumbs by using a slice of gluten free bread and blending it in a food processor. 

Mix it with the cheese, parsley, and a dash of salt and pepper.  Remove the bake from the oven and sprinkle the topping all over top.  Put it back in the oven to bake for the final 10 minutes until the topping is crispy and golden.

 bread pieces in food processor for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Breadcrumbs, cheese, and parsley topping in bowl for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Hand sprinkling topping on Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes 

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

TIME SAVING TIPS

This is already a super simple recipe, but here are a couple more tips for saving precious time!

  • Tip #1 – Make this casserole on Sunday and then just reheat it on a busy weeknight!
  • Tip #2 – Make the topping on the stove while the casserole cooks and then just sprinkle over top when you serve. To do this, preheat a pan over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of olive oil and then the breadcrumbs, parsley, salt, and pepper. Toss the breadcrumbs in the pan continuously so they do not burn for 2-4 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the heat, and in a separate bowl, mix in the gruyere cheese. Sprinkle on the casserole when you are ready to serve. This saves you the last 10 minutes of cooking time in Cooking Step 5.

RECIPE FAQS

Can I make this recipe a Vegan Cauliflower Cheese Recipe?

To make this recipe vegan, you would need to swap out the milk, cheese, and ham. For the milk, you can substitute in coconut milk and that would be delicious. For the cheese, you can leave it out and double the coconut milk, vegetable broth, and cornstarch amounts so that you have more of a sauce. Finally, you will need to eliminate or replace the gluten free breadcrumbs with vegan bread crumbs.

What other cheese can I use in place of Gruyere?

If you don’t have Gruyere or don’t like it, then you can replace it with cheddar cheese, (I would go for a sharp or mature cheddar for more flavor punch). Monterey Jack or Mozzarella are good too.

Can I freeze this recipe?

You can, but I caution that the cauliflower may get a bit mushy.  To reduce the chances of this, it’s best to thaw the casserole in the refrigerator 24 hours in advance.  Then once it’s thawed, reheat in a 375 F oven for 20 minutes covered, then 15 minutes uncovered.

 

Close up of Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake with parsley and breadcrumb topping. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Gluten Free Cauliflower Cheese and Ham Bake with parsley and breadcrumb topping. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
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Gluten Free Cauliflower, Cheese, and Ham Bake

This Gluten Free Cauliflower, Cheese, and Ham Bake is a creamy, hearty, scrumptious dish.  It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, French
Keyword casserole, cauliflower, gluten free, low carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 423 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 cup diced ham 6-8 ounces
  • 1/2 cup Milk I used 1%
  • 3 tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 1 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1 3/4 cups gruyere, shredded about 16oz for this and topping
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tablespoon Parsley, chopped

Topping

  • 1 Slice Gluten Free Bread
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Gruyere, shredded
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt just a dash
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Pepper just a dash

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Cut the head of cauliflower in half and then quarters.  Cut out the core and discard.  Then cut off into bite-size florets.

    Cauliflower florets in bowl for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  2. Mince the garlic.  Shred the gruyere.  Chop the parsley.  Dice the ham.

    Diced Ham for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  3. At this point, you can store the prepared ingredients in the fridge or continue on to put everything together and bake.

Cooking Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.  You will need a 9x13 Casserole Dish or similar size.

  2. In the casserole dish, start by mixing the cold milk with the cornstarch until dissolved.  Then add in the broth, then cheese, garlic, dijon, parsley, and ham.  

    Diced Ham, parsley, and sauce in dish for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  3. Add the cauliflower florets and mix to combine.  Bake in the oven for 50 minutes covered.

    Raw Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake in dish. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  4. While the cauliflower Cordon Bleu is baking, make the topping.  Make bread crumbs using a slice of gluten free bread and blending it in a food processor.  Mix it with the cheese, parsley, and a dash of salt and pepper.

    Breadcrumbs, cheese, and parsley topping in bowl for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  5. Remove the bake from the oven and sprinkle the topping all over top.  Put it back in the oven to bake for the final 10 minutes until the topping is crispy and golden.

    Hand sprinkling topping on Gluten Free Cauliflower, Cheese and Ham Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes