Cut up Kitchen Sink Keto Casserole

Kitchen Sink Keto Casserole

If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you know that I precook most of my meals for the week using what I call 5-day recipes. These are recipes that yield a significant volume of food and can last for the entire week.  The idea is that you only chose to follow the diet once a week, when you plan your meals and cook your food.  It is also more economical to cook in bulk than to make many individual meals.  These meals generally turn out to be some sort of casserole so that is simple to prepare.  The Kitchen Sink Keto Casserole is my latest addition to our weekly lunch rotations and I’ve got to say, this is by far my favorite!  It combines all of my favorite things, pork, chicken, cheese and veggies! Finished Keto Kitchen Sink Casserole

Here’s the finished casserole!  You can almost smell its yumminess through the computer screen!!

Chicken ThighsThis recipe starts with the chicken. I used chicken thighs because they are super cheap and also have a good fat to protein ratio.  Also, they come in these super convenient packages at BJs.

Chicken Thighs

The thighs should look like this. All we’re going to do is chop them up into cubes.

Cooking Chicken Thighs

After they are chopped up, throw them in a large pan like my wok and cook away! This is a massive amount of meat so you really do need a large pan. You could also cook them in batches or cook the meat in the oven as done on the chicken thighs and spinach recipe.

Bacon ready for the ovenWhile the chicken is cooking, throw some bacon in the oven.

Cooking SausageThe key to this recipe is multitasking.  If you do all of the work in parallel it can go quite quickly.  At this point we have the bacon in the oven, the chicken is cooking, and now we’re going to cook the sausage.

Cooked SausageAfter a bit the sausage should look like this!  Make sure to break it up as you are going and to cook it until no longer red.

Sausage in big bowlNow if you’ve read any of my other casserole recipes, you know that I’m a big fan of the “big bowl”. It makes it much easier to cook these large meals if you get catering or professional size equipment. You can mix all of the ingredients with easy and not struggle to fit everything. So, that’s a long way of saying, throw the sausage in the bowl!  Make sure to squeeze the grease out of the sausage before transfer.  Also, we’re going to saute the vegetable in the same grease!

Small OnionStart with a small onion and chop it up.

Veggies in the cast ironI didn’t show it, but chop up some celery and wash some mushrooms and throw them all in your skillet.  Cook them until translucent.

Finished ChickenAt this point the chicken should be done.  Drain the excess liquid out and throw it in the big bowl.  If you have this pan, I just take the lid and offset it a little to drain the liquid.

Finished VegetablesOnce the vegetables look like this, you should be done!  Go ahead and throw it in the bowl.

Crisp BaconThe bacon should also be done.

CauliflowerThe last vegetable is the cauliflower.  I just microwaved a 16 ounce bag.

Full BowlPhew!  Now we’re done with the prep for the bowl ingredients.  Mix them together before we add the cheese and cream cheese.

Cream Cheese in BowlNow add the softened cream cheese and mix.  Make sure to get a hearty spoon!

Mixed CasseroleAs usual it looks like a sloppy mess but that’s kind of the point 😉

Adding CheeseNow add the cheese and mix.

Casserole in dishFinally, throw it in a gigantic casserole dish. At this point you can optionally sprinkle some paprika on the top.

Finished Kitchen Sink Keto CasseroleCook it for 30 minutes at 400 with foil and then 10 minutes uncovered.  It should be bubbly and cheesy at the end and look like this!

Cut up Kitchen Sink Keto CasseroleAnd we’re all finished!  Here is the portioned Kitchen Sink Keto Casserole!

 

 

 

Keto Kitchen Sink Casserole
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 12
  • Serving size: 290g
  • Calories: 598
  • Fat: 40
  • Carbohydrates: 5
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 52
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Ingredients
  • 12 Chicken Thighs (3 packs of 4 or 72 ounces)
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 4 Celery Stalks
  • 24 Oz Jimmy Dean Sausage
  • 16 Oz Sliced Mushrooms
  • 16 Oz Frozen Cauliflower
  • 7 Slices Bacon
  • 8 Oz Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 16 Oz Cream Cheese
  • Paprika to taste (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon in the oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until crisp
  2. While the bacon is cooking, prep the rest of the meal
  3. Chop the chicken thighs into cubes
  4. Cook in a large pan until the juices run clear and the inside is no longer pink, if your pan is small, you might need to do it in batches
  5. Brown the sausage
  6. When the sausage is done, transfer to a large bowl leaving the grease in the pan
  7. Chop the onion and celery
  8. Add the onion, celery and mushrooms to the sausage grease and cook until translucent
  9. Microwave the frozen cauliflower and then cut the florets up
  10. As you finish the various ingredients, add to the large bowl
  11. When the chicken is done, drain and add to the bowl
  12. When the bacon is done, crumble and add to the bowl
  13. Add the cream cheese and mix
  14. Add the cheese and mix
  15. Spread in a large pan and top with paprika if desired
  16. Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes covered in foil
  17. Then cook for an additional 10 minutes uncovered
Notes
I divided this into 10 when I made this, but it was a ton of food, so I've changed it to 12 servings. For maximum efficiency, cook multiple things in parallel, AKA the bacon should be in the oven as the cauliflower is in the microwave as you are cooking the chicken and the sausage / vegetables. It might take a while the first time you make it but it will speed up a lot if you do these things in parallel.
 

Tovolo 7.5 Quart Mixing Bowl
Most of my large 5day recipes and casseroles are all mixed together before being baked. You really need a giant bowl to hold all the ingredients and this one fits the bill!
Lodge 12-inch Cast Iron Skillet
The only pan you really need. Once properly seasoned, this pan can cook anything you can imagine! Lasts forever and never wears out.
4.8 Quart Casserole Dish
Great for cooking those gigantic, week long casseroles! I call them 5day meals on the website. Normal casserole dishes are 10×13 but this one is gigantic and can easily be divided into ten portions.

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