Scalloped zucchini is a low carb side dish made with sliced zucchini baked with a rich and decadent cheese sauce! Gluten free and keto friendly recipe.
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I recently saw a recipe for Cheesy Scalloped Zucchini and knew that I had to make a low carb version of it. But first I wanted to make sure that I fully understood the culinary definition of “scalloped”. I found this definition:
Scalloped potatoes got its name from the Old English word “collop” which means “to slice thinly” while au gratin potatoes got its name from the French words “grater” and “gratine” which means “to scrape” and “crust or skin,” respectively.”
I also found this on wiki:
Scalloped means having an edge or border marked with semicircles. A cooked gratin; baked in a typical type of sauce, usually with cheese, as a casserole, e.g. scalloped potatoes; scalloped corn.”
And then I found this!
The key difference between scalloped potatoes and potatoes au gratin is whether or not cheese is used. Potatoes au gratin uses grated cheese. Scalloped potatoes do not, they use heavy cream or milk. Also, scalloped potato slices tend to be thicker than au gratin.”
So, regardless of which definition you prefer, here's a delicious side dish made from sliced zucchini and baked in a delicious cheese sauce!
How to Make Low Carb Scalloped Zucchini
Slice the zucchini into coins and discard the ends.
Heat some olive oil in a cast iron skillet or oven-proof pan, and sauté the zucchini. Stir frequently, while cooking, seasoning the zucchini with salt and pepper as you move them around the skillet.
As the vegetables cook, make the cheese sauce. See my separate recipe for full details or scroll down to the recipe card below.
Drain the zucchini – this can be a little tricky to do but if you skip this step then the final dish will contain too much water. Pour the cheese sauce over the zucchini, then finish with some grated Parmesan.
Roast in a preheated oven until the top is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Grind some black pepper over the top and serve.
The cheese sauce pairs perfectly with the soft zucchini, and the Parmesan topping adds a wonderful textural contrast.
This recipe serves six as a side dish, but could easily serve three or four people as a vegetarian meal with a salad on the side.
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 3 zucchini, sliced into coins
- salt and black pepper
- ½ cup cream cheese
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup water
- ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Heat the olive oil in a cast iron skillet or oven-proof pan, and sauté the zucchini. Stir frequently, while cooking, seasoning the zucchini with salt and pepper as you move them around the skillet.
- As the vegetables cook, make the cheese sauce by adding the cream cheese, heavy cream and water to a medium saucepan. Cook over a low heat until the cheese has melted. Add the shredded cheddar, a quarter cup at a time, stirring until it has melted before adding more.
- Drain the zucchini of any excess liquid, then pour the cheese sauce over the zucchini, then finish with the grated Parmesan.
- Roast until the top is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Grind some black pepper over the top and serve.
5g net carb per serving (a sixth of the whole dish)
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size Sixth of the recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 267Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 60mgSodium 334mgCarbohydrates 6gNet Carbohydrates 5gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 7g
Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is my best approximation. I cannot guarantee completely accurate data due to variations in ingredients and cooking methods. Carbohydrates from sugar alcohols are not included in net carb counts as it has been shown that they do not impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.