Truthfully, this easy dinner dish was first made while I was rushing around the kitchen and frantically thinking of ideas for dinner. A scoop of this and a dash of that and dinner was on the table! Even better, when I first test-tasted from the skillet, there was an oddly familiar flavor that transported me back to my cook-from-a-box-days. Hamburger helper? “Does this taste like that”, I wondered.
I called the kids to the table and held my breath. They each took a bite, and Grace said, “This is good! It tastes like that stuff you used to make with noodles. Was it called Hamburger Helper?” I’m not sure I ever answered the child as I began furiously scribbling down what I had done to make that dish that was a pretty instant hit.
This recipe is in my new book, Keto Living Day by Day, but I’m sharing it here first! It’s so fun to share with you because first, I think you’ll like it; second, you can make it quickly; third, I’m pretty confident that you have nearly all of the ingredients on hand, and even if you don’t, your local grocer probably does. Don’t forget to let me know what YOU think of it too!
20-Minute Skillet Dinner
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon bacon fat
1 cup finely chopped cauliflower florets
2 teaspoons Jane’s Crazy Mixed-Up Salt
1/3 cup water
4 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (about ½ cup), plus extra for garnish if desired
1. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet with a lid over medium-high heat, stirring often to crumble the meat as it cooks.
2. Add the bacon fat, chopped cauliflower, and seasoning salt and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When the cauliflower is just beginning to soften, add the water and cover the skillet with the lid. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender.
3. Remove the lid and reduce the heat to low. Add the cream cheese, butter, and onion powder and stir until melted. Add the heavy cream and stir until smooth and creamy. Remove from the heat, stir in the cheddar cheese, and serve immediately. Garnish with additional shredded cheddar, if desired.