Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole is a tasty side dish mixed with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and bacon that is fancy enough for the holidays but easy enough to be part of a weeknight meal.

A bowl with cauliflower, bacon, and cheese in it.

I’m a big fan of cauliflower but I often have trouble finding things to do with it.   Usually I roast it in the oven with lemon and parmesan cheese or I toss it with broccoli and mix with cheese sauce.   I’ve tried several other recipes but nothing really called to me.

So when I hosted Holiday Side Dish last year and saw this Loaded Cauliflower Casserole I couldn’t wait to try it.   It’s basically everything I pile high on a baked potato but mixed into a casserole along with cauliflower.

Since it is mixed with cauliflower and not put on a baked potato it cooks a whole lot faster making it a great choice for a weekday side dish.  However, it’s good enough to be a holiday side dish as well.

A baking dish with cauliflower casserole topped with bacon.

Ingredients:

  • cauliflower
  • sour cream
  • cheddar cheese
  • bacon
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic powder

This dish is super easy to make.   The cauliflower is cut into florets and then can either be steamed or boiled until softened.  Then the cauliflower is mixed together with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and bacon and baked in the oven.

The cauliflower casserole came out of the oven smelling delicious.   The sour cream and cheese melted together to coat the cauliflower and the bacon got really crispy.

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Can I use broccoli instead?

Yes you can!   You can use all broccoli, all cauliflower, or go half and half with them.  They directions are the same no matter which way you go.

How do you cook the cauliflower?

You can do this several ways.  One is that you can put the the cauliflower in a pot of boiling water and boil for 8 minutes.   Another is put the cauliflower in a dish with water and heat for 8 minutes in the microwave. I actually put the cauliflower in the baking dish and covered it with water then put it in the microwave for 8 minutes to cook so I didn’t have to dirty an extra dish.

How do I add extra color to the dish?

The dish does look a little bland so I added chopped chives from my garden to give it a pop of green. You can also add chopped green onions on top.

We really enjoyed the flavors in this dish.  This would be a great way to introduce cauliflower to kids because of the cheese and bacon on top of it.  I’ll be making this dish again soon!

A close up of a spoonful of cauliflower casserole.

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A white dinner plate with a golden brown chicken breast in the upper right hand corner, rice in the lower right hand corner, and a mixture of cauliflower, cheese, a cream sauce, and bacon in the upper left hand corner.

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Yield: serves 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole is a tasty side dish mixed with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and bacon that is fancy enough for the holidays but easy enough to be part of a weeknight meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1 1/2 c. cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Steam the cauliflower for 8 minutes or place in a bowl of water in the microwave for 8 minutes or until tender.
  4. In a large bowl combine the cauliflower, sour cream, half the cheese, half the bacon, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix until combined.
  5. Pour the cauliflower into the prepared dish.
  6. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the remaining cheese and bacon.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cauliflower is heated through.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Cheese Curd in Paradise

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 763mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 14g

A bowl with cauliflower casserole with a spoon in it.

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6 Comments

  1. Cauliflower is one of my favorites, and this recipe with sour cream and cheddar cheddar cheese sounds delicious. I am trying this soon.

  2. I feel sorry for cauliflower. It’s cousin, broccoli, seems to get all the attention. Thanks for showcasing a great cauliflower option for the holidays.

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