loaded cauliflower

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

I read the headline of an article the other day that said cauliflower is the new kale.  Although I have my doubts about that (it seems many people discredit vegetables as healthy if they’re white), I certainly won’t argue about the numerous healthy benefits and nutrients that come from chowing down on this delicious veggie. 

Cauliflower is high in Vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese.  It is rich in antioxidants (source), and has anti-inflammatory benefits.  It is also high in fiber (packing 9 grams into every 100 calories) so it is great for the digestive system as well. 

Recently, I have seen a ton of traditional dishes starring potatoes and rice, replaced by the healthier cauliflower.  I can see why too, as it has a great texture and a subtle flavor, making it a good blank canvas.  

The most recent dish I came across (thanks to a friend sharing on Facebook) is a loaded cauliflower casserole, which is a take on a loaded baked potato.  I was able to track down the recipe (you can see it here), and it looked like a great starting point for what I was wanting!  

I decided to make a few modifications.  For one, I am super weird about baking mayonnaise.  I had a really bad experience one time, and I can’t ever fully trust it again.  

Here is what I came up with.  I was delighted with how it turned out!  And although I am fairly certain I almost ruined all of the good nutrients in the cauliflower by steaming then baking it, and then topping it with bacon and sour cream… it still has to be better than boxed mac and cheese, right? 

homemade cauliflower casserole

 

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

  • A large head of cauliflower 
  • 4 – 6 pieces of bacon
  • 1 cup sour cream (learn how to make sour cream)
  • 1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a casserole dish with olive oil spray. 

Fill a large pot with 1 – 2″ of water, and bring to a boil.  Cut cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and add to boiling water, cover, and reduce heat to low.  Allow to simmer/steam for 8 – 10 minutes, or until fork tender.  Strain the cauliflower well. 

Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp.  Remove bacon and crumble, reserving the bacon grease. 

Pour cauliflower into casserole dish, and pour bacon grease on top.  Add in sour cream, half of the shredded cheese, and half the crumbled bacon and stir until well coated.  Top with remaining cheese, bacon, salt and pepper, and bake in preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted.  

diy loaded caulifilower

This is definitely making it to my monthly dinner rotation, because it is easy, quick and tasty.  The best thing was that my 4-year-old thought it was macaroni and cheese.  She actually ate it!  I wouldn’t have believed it, if I didn’t see it myself.  The girl hates all vegetables on principle, and this is the first time she has eaten cauliflower since she was a baby.  #impressed

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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • A large head of cauliflower
  • 4 - 6 pieces of bacon
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a casserole dish with olive oil spray.
  2. Fill a large pot with 1 - 2" of water, and bring to a boil. Cut cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and add to boiling water, cover, and reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer/steam for 8 - 10 minutes, or until fork tender. Strain the cauliflower well.
  3. Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and crumble, reserving the bacon grease.
  4. Pour cauliflower into casserole dish, and pour bacon grease on top. Add in sour cream, half of the shredded cheese, and half the crumbled bacon and stir until well coated. Top with remaining cheese and bacon, and bake in preheated oven for 15 - 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

 homemade loaded cauliflower



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7 Responses to Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

  1. CourtneyLynne says:

    Omg This looks delicious! I love cauliflower:)

  2. Jamie says:

    This looks like a wonderful side dish. It even resembles a comfort food!!

  3. My husband loves cauliflower but I always struggle to find ways to prepare it. Loving this way!

  4. Tea says:

    yummy, great recipe for winter

  5. GiGi Eats says:

    My friend and I were just discussing the many uses of cauliflower and there are just so many, it freaking ROCKS!! 😀

  6. Yummy yummy, I should try this recipe because I always cook cauliflower the same way. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Jessica says:

    These looks great. A nice change for something low carb. 🙂

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