Keto Chayote Bacon Gratin

Keto Chayote Bacon Gratin

Honey Mustard Pork Loin with zucchini and baked chayote gratin
Honey Mustard Pork Loin with zucchini and baked chayote gratin

Let’s talk about chayote squash and how its a great alternative for potatoes and apples. Its low carb but packed with fiber, antioxidants and essential nutrients that make it a healthy addition if you keto, gluten free, low carb, vegetarian or vegan.

The chayote squash is a green tropical fruit that resembles a cucumber in flavor. It has a great crunchy texture but it can be cooked, baked and used in many of your recipes. Chayote can be eaten raw or cooked. Store chayote in the refrigerator in a plastic veggie bag for up to two weeks. The skin can be peeled or left on before using it.

You can add them to variety of dishes like into stews, casseroles, stuffed, added to a salad, gratin and desserts. Its definitely something to try.

Chayote squash
Chayote Squash

Nutritional Value of a Chayote (1 cup)

Calories- 25

Fat- 0.2 grams

Carbs- 6 grams

Sugar- 2 grams

Protein- 1.1 grams

To make this recipe, the peeled the skin from chayote but you can keep if you like. I cut right in the where the dimple starts so I can remove the soft pit inside.

Cutting up the chayote squash
Cutting up the chayote

I grab a pan, I cut the bacon in little pieces and fry it up till its nice and crispy. I took out the bacon and left the grease in it. Added the onions and garlic and sautéed them till they were cooked. Next add the chayote slices and stir it all together for another 10 minutes then add the bacon to the mix.

Putting it all together before the cheese
Putting it all together before the cheese

In a small bowl, add the heavy cream, half of the cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Mix it well. In a deep dish pan add your chayote mixer and than add the cheese mixer. Stir it well then add the rest of the cheddar cheese on top.

Assembly it all together
Assembly it all together

In the oven for 40-50 minute or until the chayote is tender. Enjoy!

Keto Chayote gratin cooked

Keto Chayote Bacon Gratin

Recipe by Lucy ChesnaCourse: SidesCuisine: American, CaribbeanDifficulty: Moderate
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

184

kcal
Total time

1

hour 

A low carb cheesy gratin that uses chayote squash as a great alternative for potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 Chayote

  • 1/2 lb bacon, cut into little pieces

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

  • 3 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Preheat the oven 375
  • In a large pan, cut the bacon in little pieces and fry it up till its nice and crispy. Remove the bacon and set aside. Leave the bacon grease in the pan.
  • Added the onions and garlic and sautéed them till they were cooked.
  • Next add the chayote slices and stir it all together for another 10 minutes then add the bacon to the mix. Stir well.
  • In a small bowl, add the heavy cream, half of the cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Mix it well.
  • In a deep dish pan add your chayote mixer and than add the cheese mixer. Stir it well then add the rest of the cheddar cheese on top.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown on top

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