April 14, 2014

Cauliflower {Just Like} Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

You certainly won't miss the potato with this Cauliflower {Just Like} Loaded Baked Potato Casserole!  Nope, it's got all the flavor you're looking for without it.

I'm a BIG fan of the flavors of a loaded baked potato.  I mean, with all the bacon-y, chive-y, cheesy, sour creamy goodness, what's not to love?  And want to know my two favorite not-a-potato ways to enjoy this flavor combo?  Well, this Cauliflower {Just Like} Loaded Baked Potato Casserole, of course.  And ...

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Now, if you want to enjoy your loaded baked potato flavors in casserole form, I suggest giving this scrumptious cauliflower casserole a whirl.

It's easy.

And tasty.

Easy and tasty.  Isn't that the best combination?

Simply cut a head of cauliflower into large chunks ...

... and steam until they're tender.

Then, chop the steamed cauliflower ...

... until it's in little bitty pieces, about like this:

Mix the cauliflower pieces with sour cream, bacon, chopped green onion, and cheese ... and then top it with some more cheese.  'Cause loaded baked potato isn't loaded without a load of cheese!

Then bake it 'til it's all melty and bubbly and you just can't wait to dig in.


Doesn't it look totally dig-in worthy?

No matter which of my favorite not-a-potato ways to enjoy the flavors of loaded baked potato is calling your name ...

... or Cauliflower {Just Like} Loaded Baked Potato Casserole ...

I certainly don't think you'll miss the potato!

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Cauliflower {Just Like} Loaded Baked Potato Casserole
Source:  A family friend

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut in large pieces (about 4 to 5 cups chopped)
  • 2 c. low-fat sour cream
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  1. Steam cauliflower in a steamer basket over boiling water until tender, about 10 minutes; drain well. Chop cooked cauliflower into very small pieces and place in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add sour cream, salt, pepper, half of the chopped green onions, half of the cheddar cheese, and half of the bacon; stir until well combined.
  3. Place mixture in a 2-quart baking dish coated with non-stick cooking spray. Top evenly with remaining cheddar cheese and sprinkle with remaining bacon. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining green onions.

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  1. Love this healthier mashed potato dish!

    1. Thank you so much, Danielle! It's one of my favorites, for sure. I eat it for lunch a lot. :-)

  2. Yummy! This honestly looks so amazing! Pinning--need to try soon:) Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you! You have a great weekend, too.

  3. how much sodium is in this recipe (i.e., how much sodium in the popcorn)? thanks.

    1. I'm sorry ... I don't know the answer to that.

    2. According to myfitnesspal.com, as written, this recipe contains 429 mg of sodium per serving (1/12) of the casserole. It also contains 143 calories.

  4. This sounds sooooo good! I'd love for you to share it at our party that's LIVE right now! http://sewlicioushomedecor.com/show-licious-craft-recipe-party.

    Have a great weekend! Marti

    1. Thanks so much for sharing this! I Pinned it to the party board. :)

  5. This sounds amazing...And I really think if you put enough cheese on anything you'll forget it's a vegetable!! Yum!

  6. Oh my goodness this recipe looks delish! I have been wanting to try mashed cauliflower!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Join us again on Saturday morning at 8:00 am EST!

    ~ Ashley

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    1. Probably! Give it a try and see ... but I would think it would work.

  8. Instead of sour cream could you use Greek yogurt?

    1. I think you could. Yogurt sometimes separates a bit when heated ... but give it a try. I'm thinking it would probably work. Enjoy!

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  10. Made this today (after finding it on Pinterest) and I loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  11. My kids hate cauliflower; they used to love it but had too much of it. Do you think the cauliflower taste or the texture of even the small pieces would be noticeable in this dish? To me the dish sounds and looks appetizing but I don't want to end up eating the whole thing.

    1. Hi there! The taste of the cauliflower is not strong in this dish. The texture is noticeable ... depending on how small you chop the cauliflower. You could always puree the cauliflower in a food processor, which would make it more of a mashed potatoes texture. Maybe start with half a recipe to see how it goes over with the kiddos??

  12. So typically I don't make other people's recipes, normally they come out horrible, BUT this was like a explosion of happiness in my mouth. It was SO good I'm for sure making this on a regular basis. I did change a few things. First off I used frozen cauliflower, so maybe that's why mine was a little soupy even though I drained it. I might squeeze half of it out a bit next time. I also didn't have a full container of sour cream so I used about 300g full fat sour cream and 45g cream cheese. Try it with the cream cheese; even a little bit makes it super crazy creamy! I also didn't have green onions so I finely diced up a white onion and sauteed it with my bacon. Then I added 2 tablespoons of dried chives into the mixture and 1 tablespoon sprinkled ontop with the cheese. This made it taste exactly like a loaded potato. I'm new to a low carb diet, so to me this was fantastic. Oh and I only used 6 pieces of bacon which I think was plenty. Thank you! It was a special treat for this Easter holiday!


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