Keto Beef Sauerkraut Casserole.

The ultimate keto comfort food.

Beef Sauerkraut Casserole
Keto beef sauerkraut casserole fresh from the oven

Comfort food. The very words bring a smile to my face. While decadent desserts and fancy flavor laden treats definitly fall into that category. I am specifically refering to the warm-your-tummy, kiss-your-mummy, down-home, feel-good delectable dinner stuffs that typical southern cooking is famous for. 

Alas, it has been many moons since I was able to enjoy such culinary nostalgia with impunity. Food allergies and sensitivies have firmly placed most of the basic ingredients to found in southern cooks pantry in the off- limits category.  

Can keto comfort food really be allergen free?

So what is a hungry, determined and allergic country chef to do? Improvise! Keto-fy it! The ground rules for any tasty casserole is for there to be the perfect balance of taste and texture. Enough flavor to keep your taste buds excited, enough texture otherwise it would just be flavorful soup. Which isn’t a bad thing if that’s what you are going for, but we want a dish that you can eat with a fork here so we need substance. 

I am allergic to dairy so that means subbing the cheese out for a vegan alternative. I have tried a few different brands with this recipe and most do a passable job, but I keep coming back to Violife Just Like mozzarella shreds. It melts, it stretches, and it really does taste “just like” mozzarella.

If you happen to be one of those poor souls allergic to eggs, my suggestion for possible substitutions are, vegan mayo, vegan plain yogurt maybe along with some xanthan gum to help bind it together. Pre-made egg substitute such as Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer might work as well. I haven’t experimented with these options though.

Which bear-I mean pan, is best?

I opted to use my cast iron pan all the way through this recipe, from browning to baking. One pan to cook in, one pan to clean. Simplicity is beautiful. That being said, if you don’t happen to be the proud owner of one of these beauties, a glass casserole dish will do fine for the baking portion.

Cheesy topping for beef casserole
Cheesy topping for keto beef casserole, ready to go in the oven!

Just an aside here, if you don’t own a cast iron pan, consider investing in one. Yes, they are a bit more maintenance than your average stainless steel variety, but they will take your culinary game to the next level. They can do almost anything and as long as you take good care of it, you will have it for life. 

So back to the recipe attempt at hand. Will it work?! Can it succeed?! Will it…comfort? There’s only one way to find out. 

Browning the beef
Hmm…something yummy this way comes.

And the comfort food of the year award goes to…

Spoiler alert: It turned out amazing. It was thick, cheesy, meaty, tangy and salty. It hit the spot. Since making it the first time my hubby has declared it his all time favorite and has requested it be added to our regular dinner rotation, and since it is easy peasy as pie to make I happily oblige!

The yummy finale. Keto beef sauerkraut casserole.
Voila! Keto dairy free beef sauerkraut casserole in all it’s messy yummy glory!

If you are in need of some comfort food that also fits your dietary needs then I hope this ticks all your boxes. Happy cooking!

Psst…if you need ideas for allergen free comfort food desserts check out our review here to find out the best gluten free Oreo style cookies or this recipe here for dairy free, gluten free cream cheese cookies.

Beef Sauerkraut Casserole

Beef Sauerkraut Casserole

Melina
The perfect keto comfort food casserole
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 16 oz Sauerkraut Using raw fresh sauerkraut will make a big difference in taste and flavor in the final product.
  • 1 Green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 Yellow onion, chopped
  • 16 oz Vegan shredded mozzarella
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Mix eggs and sauerkraut in a medium size mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400º
  • Heat cast iron skillet over medium heat until warmed
  • Chop onion and green bell pepper
  • Cook onion and bell pepper until beginning to brown and turn translucent
  • Add ground beef to cast iron pan and brown while shredding into small pieces
  • Once the meat is cooked through turn off the stove and with a spoon, throughly mix together the ground beef, peppers and onions. Spreading them out in a layer covering the entire bottom of the pan.
  • Pour the egg and sauerkraut mixture into the pan and spread evenly over the top of the meat
  • Top with shredded vegan mozzarella cheese
  • Place cast iron in 400º oven and bake for 40 minutes

Notes

If you do not have a cast iron pan you can layer the ingredients in the same order as in the instructions in a glass casserole dish or another oven safe dish and bake that way. 
Keyword dairy free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Low Carb, Nut Free, recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy free

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