An indescribable taste from beginning to end, Cauliflower Casserole is that healthy hug type of dish. Enjoy as an appetizer or a complete meal; this bacon-infused wonder is a sheer delight for lunch or light dinners.
I'm going to be honest here. Cauliflower Casserole is a dish that you either like or don't.
Table of contents
- WHY YOU'LL LOVE CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE
- WHAT YOU'LL NEED FOR CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE
- HOW TO MAKE CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE
- TIPS FOR MAKING CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE
- HOW TO TELL IF CAULIFLOWER IS DONE COOKING?
- DO I HAVE TO COOK CAULIFLOWER ON THE STOVE?
- WHAT OTHER TYPES OF CHEESE WOULD WORK FOR CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE?
- ADDITIONAL RECIPES TO TRY
A long-standing task, cauliflower is the only vegetable I know that I must add the claim, you grow to like it when suggesting a recipe.
And you do! With more experimentation than ever before, cauliflower has evolved from being the grunt of the vegetable chain to the first draft pick for an array of cuisines like our Ham and Cheese Cauliflower Casserole.
I've noticed that the pork and cauliflower combo is a pairing that works well together.
Now with thick crisps of bacon and cheddar cheese, it gets to shine once again!
But this time with enough wholesome goodness to make you want to prepare this casserole time and time again.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE
- Light and flavorful lunch option
- Easy to prepare
- Low fat
- Can be eaten hot or cold
What makes this dish stand out even more, is the Greek yogurt to sour cream pairing.
At first taste, the dish appears to resemble eating a fully loaded baked potato.
Yet, instead of the usual floury carb, we're using bundled florets as our base.
Either way, if you're looking for a guilt-free meal that's more helpful than pleasurable, I suggest giving this a try.
And if the kids ask, tell them you made a different type of mash potatoes and let them try to figure it out.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED FOR CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE
- Greek yogurt
- Cheddar cheese
- Sour cream
- Green onion
- Bacon strips
- Salt and pepper
HOW TO MAKE CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE
You will need both the oven and the stove to recreate this dish.
- Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and cleaning off your cauliflower head.
- Next, cut the cauliflower into bite-sized chunks, place it inside a medium pot with water, and bring it to a boil.
- Grab your bacon strips and place them on a lined baking sheet and bake until crispy.
- With another mixing bowl, combine your Greek yogurt, sour cream, and shredded cheddar cheese and mix until fully blended.
- Once your cauliflower has finished cooking, drain and toss into the Greek yogurt mix and finally transfer into your baking dish.
- Sprinkle on cheddar cheese and bake the casserole in the oven for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
For complete instructions, please scroll down to the recipe card below.
TIPS FOR MAKING CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE
Look for a cauliflower that is not only large but appears to be in good condition. Some supermarkets will have their cauliflower wrapped for protection, so it may be hard to tell if the cauliflower is not going bad in the middle. Still, you can try to give it a good squeeze.
If the cauliflower has a smashable, mushy texture when pressing down, then that's an indicator that it's going bad. You want the cauliflower head to be firm on all sides with a bright white color for the florets.
For unwrapped cauliflowers, lean in close and smell it. This is one of those vegetables that you can tell it's gone bad by the odor it puts off, so if it has an odor, it's not the cauliflower for you.
HOW TO TELL IF CAULIFLOWER IS DONE COOKING?
You can tell the cauliflower is done by doing a fork check. If the florets are hard to pick up with the fork, add three (3) minutes to your cook time- but not more than this.
Cooking cauliflower on the stove is like steaming broccoli, and you don't want to overcook it, or else it will become mushy. But you don't want to undercook it, or else it becomes hard to chew.
The best advice is to first place enough water in the pot to cover the tops of the florets and allow it to simmer no longer than ten (10) minutes. Or seven (7) minutes if using a stainless-steel vegetable steamer.
DO I HAVE TO COOK CAULIFLOWER ON THE STOVE?
Nope! If you have a vegetable steamer, rice cooker with steaming attachment, or microwave-safe steaming basket, you can use those. Follow the same instructions with rinsing and chopping, but make sure you don't overcrowd the cauliflower in the steamer so that it cooks properly.
WHAT OTHER TYPES OF CHEESE WOULD WORK FOR CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE?
Cheddar cheese has a sharp, slightly acidic flavor that adds weight to this dish. Suitable substitutes for cheddar cheese would be Velveeta, Gouda, or Cashew cheese. Each of these has a hearty taste that blends well with the bacon and sour cream ingredients.