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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Steamed cauliflower florets tossed with cream cheese, shredded cheese, bacon, and chives!  Ultimate comfort food casserole.  This easy baked cauliflower recipe is ready in under 30 minutes.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cauliflower florets, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 6 oz cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups Italian cheese blend, shredded
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Place the cauliflower in a steamer basket on top of a pot with boiling water and steam until fork-tender, around 6-7 minutes. (Alternatively, purchase frozen cauliflower florets and cook in the microwave according to package directions).  Remove from heat (or microwave).  Remove from heat and transfer cauliflower into a cold water bath to prevent further cooking. Drain well and pat dry. 

  3. Transfer steamed cauliflower to a large bowl and add cream cheese, heavy cream, butter, garlic powder, and dried dill. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and toss to combine.

  4. Transfer to oven-safe casserole dish and top with shredded cheese blend and crumbled bacon. Place in pre-heated oven and roast until cheese is melted and nicely browned on top, around 8-10 minutes.

  5. Remove from oven and serve immediately topped with fresh chives.