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Loaded Cauliflower Bake

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Loaded Cauliflower Bake – A Low-Carb Twist on Loaded Potatoes

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Loaded cauliflower bake is a satisfying and low-carb alternative to loaded baked potatoes. It’s a creamy and cheesy dish that’s packed with all the classic “loaded” toppings you love, like crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, and green onions. This recipe transforms cauliflower into a hearty and delicious side dish that’s perfect for those looking to reduce their carb intake or simply enjoy a new way to savor cauliflower. Let’s dive into this tasty and wholesome recipe!

Ingredients:

For the Cauliflower Bake:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For Topping:

  • 1/2 cup additional shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Cauliflower:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Wash the cauliflower and cut it into bite-sized florets. Steam or blanch the cauliflower until it’s crisp-tender, about 3-4 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Pat it dry with paper towels.
  2. Cook the Bacon:
    • In a skillet, cook the bacon until it’s crispy. Once cooked, place it on paper towels to remove excess grease. Crumble the bacon into small pieces.
  3. Make the Creamy Mixture:
    • In a bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, minced garlic, and half of the shredded cheddar cheese. Stir until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Season it with salt and black pepper to taste.
  4. Combine Ingredients:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cauliflower florets, crumbled bacon, and two sliced green onions. Pour the creamy mixture over the cauliflower mixture and toss gently to coat everything evenly.
  5. Layer the Cauliflower Bake:
    • Transfer the cauliflower mixture to a greased 9×13-inch baking dish.
    • Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese over the top.
  6. Bake in the Oven:
    • Bake the loaded cauliflower for about 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the cauliflower is heated through.
  7. Serve and Garnish:
    • Garnish the loaded cauliflower bake with the remaining sliced green onions.
  8. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Serve the loaded cauliflower bake hot as a side dish. It’s a delicious, low-carb alternative to the classic loaded potato.

Cook’s Notes:

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  • Make It Ahead: You can prepare the cauliflower bake in advance and bake it when you’re ready to serve. It’s a convenient option for entertaining.
  • Variations: Feel free to customize your loaded cauliflower bake with extras like chopped jalapeños for heat, chopped tomatoes for freshness, or a sprinkle of paprika for color and smokiness.

Loaded cauliflower bake is a comforting and indulgent side dish that’s perfect for those following a low-carb lifestyle or anyone looking to enjoy the deliciousness of loaded potatoes in a healthier way. Savor the creamy, cheesy, and bacon goodness of this dish! 🥦🥓🧀😋

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