Stuffing is my favourite part of a turkey dinner and a dish that I have been really missing since going grain free. I’ve experimented with a few different stuffing recipes using almond flour bread and determined that the effort required to bake the bread and then make the stuffing, was not worth the end result. So I turned to worlds most versatile veggie, cauliflower, to create a bread free, low carb alternative.
For a little nostalgia I used my grandmas stuffing recipe which is simple but has lots of great flavour. You can use regular ground pork, or for added flavour, remove casings from pork sausages and break the filling up with your hands before cooking.As the sausage is already cooked, this stuffing only needs to be baked long enough for the cauliflower to become tender and the egg, which helps to bind the mixture, to cook, which takes no more then 30 minutes. This stuffing is best when baked in a separate dish rather then inside the turkey so that the cauliflower is cooked but not mushy and the top becomes browned and crispy.
- ½ tbsp olive oil
- 2 onions, finely diced
- 2 sticks celery
- ¾ cup chopped mushrooms
- 5 cups cauliflower florets
- 1½ cups ground pork
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- 1½ tbsp fresh sage
- ½ cup chicken stock
- 2 eggs
- ½ tsp pepper
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (390 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Start by removing the stalk of the cauliflower and breaking the head up into small florets. Try to keep the florets uniform in size and not too big or chunky, otherwise they won't cook evenly.Place all of the florets into a large bowl.
- In a large pot heat the olive oil on medium heat and add in the diced onions, celery and mushrooms and cook for approximately 5 minutes until the veggies have softened. Pour the cooked mixture into the bowl with the cauliflower and set aside.
- Cook the sausage for approxiamtely 5 minutes until well cooked. Add the meat to the bowl along with the chopped sage, pecans, eggs and chicken stock. Season with salt and pepper and toss with your hands until well combined. Pour the stuffing into a baking dish and cover with tin foil. Bake for 20 minutes and then remove the tin foil and bake for another 10 minutes until the cauliflower is tender and the top becomes golden in colour. Serve warm with gravy.