Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

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5 from 9 votes
This Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower Bake recipe has a layer of bacon and cheese goodness. It’s a decadent side dish that is a healthier alternative to potatoes and is Keto friendly. Side dish or main course, no one can resist this casserole.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

This Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower Bake recipe has a layer of bacon and cheese goodness. It’s a decadent side dish that is a healthier alternative to potatoes and is Keto friendly. Whether you need a side dish or main course, no one can resist this casserole.

Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

Try this Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower Bake if you love all the cheesy goodness of a loaded baked potato but want something that is a little less carby. It is a perfect way to sneak a little something healthy into your families diet.

Truly, the benefits of cauliflower are pretty amazing. It adds good vitamins, protein and fiber. Here are some more nutrition facts. Want more favorites, check out these great side dishes.


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What We Love About These Cauliflower Bake Recipes

  • 35 Minute Dish: This cauliflower bake recipe can be prepped in advance for whenever you need it.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge.
  • Family Friendly: Kids will actually eat their vegetables!
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, meat free, dairy free, etc…
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Ingredient Notes

  • Cauliflower Florets: Six cups of the florets for this bake.
  • Bacon: 6-8 strips cooked and crumbled.
  • Green Onion: Six tablespoons chopped.
  • Mayonnaise: Avocado or other low carb option can be used.
  • Sour Cream
  • Colby cheese shredded.
  • Cheddar Cheese, shredded.
  • Mushrooms sliced.
  • House Seasoning blend– A teaspoon or two really add flavor and dimension to the dish. Click the link provides on how to make this spice blend for the cauliflower mixture. Kosher Salt and black pepper to taste can be used as well.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Bake Cauliflower with Cheese

These are the basic steps for making Loaded cauliflower bake. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutritional information.

cauliflower for loaded casserole.

STEP 1: PREP

First, chop vegetables and shred cheese and then preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Then boil cauliflower for 8-10 minutes or until fork tender; drain.

STEP 2: COMBINE

Next, in a large bowl, stir mayonnaise, sour cream, half of the bacon, 3 tablespoons green onions, 1/2 cup colby cheese, 1/2 cup cheese cheese, House Seasoning blend and cauliflower.

STEP 3: BAKE

Finally, pour into 13×9 baking dish and top with remaining bacon, green onions and cheeses.Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese melts into a beautiful cheese sauce. Sprinkle remaining green onion on top to serve.

Prep and Storage Tips for Cauliflower Casserole with Cheese

HOW TO MAKE THIS CHEESE CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE AHEAD OF TIME

Prep all your vegetables ahead of time, cook cauliflower and allow to cool and pace in airtight container until ready to assemble and bake.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store in the refrigerator wrapped well in foil or plastic wrap or in an airtight container.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze your cauliflower & cheese casserole or leftovers in an airtight container, zip top bag or wrapped well in foil for up to six months. Thaw overnight in the fridge when ready to use.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Bake in the oven until warmed through or microwave in a safe dish or on the stove top in a large saucepan or skillet on medium heat.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE VEGAN?

Use dairy and cheese alternatives and vegan bacon or omit the bacon all together.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE CHEESES?

Of course, you can use any cheese that you like in this recipe. Parmesan cheese or a spicy pepper jack cheese works great.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, you can even split the mixture between two trays and freeze one for a future meal.

WHY IS THE CHEESY CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE WATERY?

Cauliflower cheese can go watery if the cauliflower is overcooked. Overcooked cauliflower releases water, which will seep into the rest of the dish.

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Expert Tips for Making This Loaded Cauliflower Bake Recipe

  • Add More Vegetables: Broccoli, brussel sprouts or other vegetables can really make this casserole pop. You may have seen this dish all over facebook and pinterest.
  • Roast: Just toss the cauliflower with the olive oil, garlic, and House Season Blend on a baking sheet; Roast until golden and tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Meat: Feel free to add leftover ham, turkey or chicken can really up the protein and make this a complete meal.
  • Fresh Herbs: Thyme or Fresh lemon zest can really brighten up the dish and finish it perfectly.
  • Crispy Top: Want a crispy top? Try adding a layer of bread crumbs and butter on top and broil for a few minutes.
  • Air Fryer: Make this dish in the air fryer. It comes out great. Roast cauliflower in the airfryer for about 20 minutes or until you reach the desired tenderness and then place all the ingredients in a casserole dish and cook for another 5 minutes.

What to Serve with Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

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Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower Bake
5 from 9 votes

Loaded Cauliflower Bake

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
This Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower Bake recipe has a layer of bacon and cheese goodness. It’s a decadent side dish that is a healthier alternative to potatoes and is Keto friendly. Side dish or main course, no one can resist this casserole.
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Ingredients

  • 6 cups cauliflower florets
  • 6-8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 6 tablespoons green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup Colby cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons House Seasoning blend

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Boil cauliflower for 8-10 minutes or until fork tender; drain.
  • In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, half of the bacon, 3 tablespoons green onions, 1/2 cup colby cheese, 1/2 cup cheese cheese, House Seasoning blend and cauliflower.
  • Pour into 13×9 baking dish and top with remaining bacon, green onions and cheeses.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese melts.

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Expert Tips

  • Add More Vegetables: Broccoli, brussel sprouts or other vegetables can really make this casserole pop. You may have seen this dish all over facebook and pinterest.
  • Roast: Just toss the cauliflower with the olive oil, garlic, and House Season Blend on a baking sheet; Roast until golden and tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Meat: Feel free to add leftover ham, turkey or chicken can really up the protein and make this a complete meal.
  • Fresh Herbs: Thyme or Fresh lemon zest can really brighten up the dish and finish it perfectly.
  • Crispy Top: Want a crispy top? Try adding a layer of bread crumbs and butter on top and broil for a few minutes.
  • Air Fryer: Make this dish in the air fryer. It comes out great. Roast cauliflower in the airfryer for about 20 minutes or until you reach the desired tenderness and then place all the ingredients in a casserole dish and cook for another 5 minutes.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1334mg | Potassium: 550mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 607IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 334mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole, cauliflower, cheese

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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16 thoughts on “Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower Bake”

  1. Help!! How many cups of cauliflower rice comes from 12 cups of florets? I want to use frozen cauliflower rice — please help !

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  2. What is the individual serving size – 1/2 cup or 1 cup? Are the nutritional amounts for the 6 servings? Love the recipe and will make it more often.
    Thank you….

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    • I’m so glad you like the recipe! The entire casserole serves six – the nutritional info isn’t per cup of half cup, it’s for each of the 6 servings.

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