Cheese Baked Cauliflower

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This Cheese Baked Cauliflower will earn the a 5 star rating with your family, even the ones who claim they aren't fans of cauliflower.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
A head of baked cauliflower.

This Cheese Baked Cauliflower will earn a 5-star rating with your family, even the ones who claim they aren’t fans of cauliflower.

A head of baked cauliflower.

Cauliflower is one of those vegetables that is bland on its own, but can easily be dressed up to be so tasty. This recipe for baked cauliflower with cheese is nothing short of flavor. With simple ingredients, you’ll have to try this next time you aren’t sure what to do with a head of cauliflower.

To learn more about cauliflower, check out the USDA.


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What We Love About This Whole Cauliflower Cheese Bake Recipe

  • 30 Minute Side Dish: Make this side dish in under 30 minutes.
  • Easy Ingredients: For this cheesy cauliflower, all you need is 4 ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: Your family’s mouths will be watering from one bite of cheese. baked cauliflower. Even those that are not a fan of veggies.
A slice of the Cheese Baked Cauliflower.

Ingredient Notes for Cheese Baked Cauliflower

  • Cauliflower: For this recipe you will need 1 head of cauliflower.
  • Mayonnaise: Any brand of mayonnaise will work. For a healthier alternative try using mayonnaise made with avocado oil or olive oil.
  • Parmesan: You will need approximately 1 cup of grated parmesan. You can buy a block and grate yourself or get pre-grated for the cauliflower florets.
  • All Purpose Seasoning: A nice blend of seasonings including garlic powder.
Vegetables, cheese and seasoning.

Equipment Needed for Cheesy Cauliflower Baked

How to Make Whole Cauliflower Cheese Bake

These are the basic steps for making Cheese Baked Cauliflower. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information for the roasted cauliflower with cheese.

Preparing the cauliflower.

STEP 1: PREPPING

Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees f and prepare baking dish with parchment paper or cooking spray. In a small bowl whisk together mayo, parmesan, garlic, salt, and black pepper, then side aside. You can also stir in other seasonings like onion powder.

STEP 2: BLANCH THE CAULIFLOWER

In a large pot of boiling, you will want to blanch the cauliflower to for 2-3 minutes on each side. Then remove from boiling water, pat dry and place in a baking dish.

STEP 3: BAKE CAULIFLOWER

Pour the cheese sauce mixture on the top of the cauliflower and spread evenly. Bake for about 20 minutes and then serve whole cauliflower cheese bake immediately and cut into slices.

Making the seasoning and cheese sauce for on top.

Prep and Storage Tips for the Cheesy Cauliflower Recipes

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

I do not recommend make this recipe ahead of time you will need get the result of soft and tender inside, yet crispy outside of the cauliflower.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze cauliflower cheese bake that has already been cooked in an airtight container. Store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

To reheat this cheese baked cauliflower recipe, you can easily heat back up in the microwave or air fryer. Microwave for 1 minute or until hot. Air fryer at 350 degrees f for 4-5 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions for the Cheese Baked Cauliflower

WHAT GOES WELL WITH CAULIFLOWER CHEESE?

Cheese baked cauliflower is so tasty and a perfect side dish to so many things, such as grilled chicken, steak, pasta, or potatoes.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can easily be doubled or halved, either use 2 heads to double the recipe or use a small head pf cauliflower to half this recipe.

IS BLANCHING THE CAULIFLOWER NESSCESSARY?

I strongly recommend blanching the cauliflower as it will help to soften the cauliflower before baking as well as taking away any bitter flavor the cauliflower may have.

The vegetables cut in half.

Expert Tips for Making This Cheese Baked Cauliflower Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is roasted cauliflower with cheese is perfect to serve as an appetizer at a larger dinner party, to double this recipe, proportionally increase ingredients and use 2 baking dishes.
  • Air Fryer: You can also try roasting this cheese baked cauliflower in the air fryer if you have one large enough. Just cook at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  • Elote Mexican Style Cauliflower: For a Mexican street corn inspired take on this cheesy baked cauliflower, additionally add chili powder, paprika, and lime juice.
  • Toppings: You can sprinkle your cheesy cauliflower casserole with bacon bits, chives, breadcrumbs or cheddar cheese or even butter.

What to Serve with Baked Cheesy Cauliflower

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A head of baked cauliflower.

Cheese Baked Cauliflower

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
This Cheese Baked Cauliflower will earn the a 5 star rating with your family, even the ones who claim they aren't fans of cauliflower.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cauliflower, A head leaves removed, stem trimmed
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon All-purpose blend

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 and lightly prepare a baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • In a small bowl mix mayonnaise, parmesan, all-purpose blend until well combined – set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Blanch the whole cauliflower for 4 minutes, 2 minutes on each side then pat dry.
  • Place cauliflower in baking dish and spread on the mayo/cheese mixture to cover completely.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes.
  • Slice, serve, and enjoy!

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is roasted cauliflower with cheese is perfect to serve as an appetizer at a larger dinner party, to double this recipe, proportionally increase ingredients and use 2 baking dishes.
  • Air Fryer: You can also cook this cheese baked cauliflower in the air fryer if you have one large enough. Just cook at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  • Elote Mexican Style Cauliflower: For a mexican street corn inspired take on this cheesy baked cauliflower, additionally add chili powder, paprika, and lime juice.
  • Toppings: You can sprinkle your cheesy cauliflower casserole with bacon bits, chives, breadcrumbs or cheddar cheese.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 533mg | Potassium: 320mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 235mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Appetizers and Dips, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower, cheese, garlic, mayo, parmesan, roasted cauliflower

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