I’m always on the lookout for interesting side dishes. Anything to keep dinner fun, right? I came across a recipe for Twice-Baked Cauliflower on Pinterest. I believe it was called that because it’s reminiscent of twice-baked potatoes, but you don’t actually bake the cauliflower twice so that title is a tiny bit misleading. I originally saw this touted as a “healthier” substitute for the potato dish, but seriously, with all the cream cheese, cheese and sour cream in it, I don’t think I can call this a healthy recipe and keep a straight face. It is lower carb, I’ll give them that. I just made it because I like cauliflower. And cheese.
You could make this a little lighter by using the lower fat versions of the dairy products (don’t use the fat-free products, they do weird things when they are cooked). I don’t personally care for the lower fat versions (and I don’t really think they are any better for you). I prefer to use the full fat stuff but I use a little less than the original recipe calls for. In fact, I could probably cut it back even more than I did here.
This was a huge hit with my kids. True, they like their veggies, but I’m betting even veggie haters will like this one. It’s a pile of cheesy goodness. I don’t think anyone will actually be fooled into thinking it’s potatoes, but they might change their minds about liking cauliflower.
I paired this with my Apple-icious Pork Chops and the sweet and salty combo was amazing. I highly recommend it.
Cheesy Cauliflower Bake
1 large head of cauliflower
4 oz. cream cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
1/4 cup green onions
1/2 tsp. black pepper
6 strips of bacon
1/3 cup cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350˚. Chop up the cauliflower and boil until tender. While it is boiling, cook the bacon in a skillet until crisp and drain on paper towels. Drain the cauliflower and mash with a potato masher. I left quite a few chunks for texture. Add cream cheese, sour cream, parmesan, green onions and pepper. Mash or stir together until well combined. Add 2/3 of the bacon and stir in. Spray a small baking dish with cooking spray. Spread cauliflower mixture in the dish. Sprinkle with the remaining bacon and the cheddar cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake another 10 minutes. Serve hot. Makes 4-6 servings.