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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

Until last week I've never tried cauliflower.  It's a shame, really.  But somehow, I always compared it to broccoli in my mind and just couldn't get past the color.  Then something magical happened!  Okay, not really, I actually just saw a photo posted on Instagram by Samantha of some yummy looking macaroni and cheese! But as you should know by now it turned out to be cauliflower.

Naturally, I just had to give it a try and it's definitely in the top 100 list of the best decisions I've ever made in my life! It's just that serious folks!

Try it :)!!!

A dish that looks and tastes like macaroni and cheese but made with cauliflower.

Prep Time: 20 min | Cook Time: 25-40 min 
Adapted from {Hooah and Hiccups & Louanne's Kitchen}

Ingredients

1 lb (1 head) cauliflower florets
4 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided, (extra to sprinkle on top, as desired)
4 oz NC Red Heifer Cheddar Cheese, divided (from my weekly Backyard Produce basket)!
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 small sweet onions, chopped
3 sliced bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Steam cauliflower florets until tender.
  • Over low-medium heat cream together the cheeses, cream cheese, and heavy cream. 
  • Stir in chopped onions, crumbled bacon, and garlic powder then set aside.
  • Drain any liquid from steamed cauliflower, add to cheese mixture and combine.
  • Mash with a potato masher.
  • Taste for seasoning, and add as necessary.
  • Pour into a 2-3 quart casserole dish and top with shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
  • Cover dish with foil and bake for 25 minutes
  • Remove foil and continue to bake until cheese is brown and bubbly!

Note(s)
  • 2-3 quart casserole dish is the perfect size for this recipe using the above measurements. 
  • The recipe can easily be doubled; however, the above will easily accommodate a family of four.

If you make this for the family don't tell them it's cauliflower until after they've gobbled it down then see what kind of response you get!  I'd love to hear about your experience with this recipe!

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8 comments

  1. One of my goals this month is to add some new recipes into my meal plan and I think I may just try this. Thanx for sharing!

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    1. You definitely should, Katrice! It truly is as delicious as I'm making it sound :)! Let me know how it turns out for you if you give it a try!!!

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    1. It truly is as awesome as it looks!

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  3. Hi Nicole,
    This looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly

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    1. Thanks, Debi! Enjoy the rest of your week as well!

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  4. Ha ha , I love the sneakiness! That's the only way I'll get a few of these people to eat it. I am funny about cauliflower too. It looks so good though. I'll give it a shot. Thanks Nicole!

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    1. Exactly, Joi! I have my little lady eating grape tomatoes as a snack like their actually grapes! Whatever works to get her to eat her fruits and veggies!

      Let me know how it works out for you and your family :)!

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