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Loaded Mashed Cauliflower

Loaded Mashed Cauliflower

Craving the creamy, comforting goodness of mashed potatoes but trying to keep things healthier? Look no further than this scrumptious Loaded Mashed Cauliflower recipe!

With the rich flavors of cheddar cheese, sour cream, and butter, paired with the smoky indulgence of bacon, this dish is a delightful twist on traditional mashed potatoes. But here’s the secret: we’ve swapped out the starchy spuds for cauliflower, making it a low-carb and guilt-free alternative that doesn’t compromise on taste.

Get ready to dive into this creamy, cheesy goodness that will leave you feeling satisfied and nourished!

Loaded Mashed Cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 4 oz sour cream
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices bacon (cooked)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  1. Chop cauliflower into pieces. Place in a microwave safe bowl with ¼ cup water. Place a wet paper towel over the top. Microwave for 8 minutes or until cooked.

  2. Place cauliflower in a food processor and blend until it has a mashed potato consistency.

  3. Add butter, garlic powder and sour cream. Blend again.

  4. Mix in the cheese until melted. Top with crumbled bacon!

Loaded Mashed Cauliflower Instructions:

Step 1: Steam the Cauliflower

Start by preparing the cauliflower. Rinse and chop the head of cauliflower into small pieces. Place the cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup of water. Cover the bowl with a wet paper towel to retain moisture. Microwave the cauliflower for about 8 minutes or until it’s tender and easily pierced with a fork.

Step 2: Blend to Creamy Perfection

Once the cauliflower is cooked, transfer it to a food processor. Blend the cauliflower until it reaches a smooth and creamy consistency, resembling that of mashed potatoes. This is where the magic happens – cauliflower’s mild flavor makes it an ideal canvas for creating creamy goodness.

Step 3: Add Creaminess and Flavor

Now it’s time to add the rich and indulgent flavors to the mashed cauliflower. Add 2 tablespoons of butter, 4 ounces of sour cream, and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder to the cauliflower in the food processor. Blend again until all the ingredients are well combined, and the cauliflower takes on a velvety texture.

Step 4: Cheesy Goodness

It wouldn’t be loaded without some cheese! Mix in 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese into the creamy cauliflower mixture. Watch as the cheese melts and mingles with the other flavors, creating a divine medley of creaminess and sharpness.

Step 5: The Finishing Touch

Finally, the piece de resistance – top the Loaded Mashed Cauliflower with crumbled bacon! The smoky, crispy bacon adds a burst of flavor and irresistible texture to the dish, making it an unforgettable treat.

Step 6: Season to Taste

Before serving, season the Loaded Mashed Cauliflower with salt and pepper, adjusting the flavors to your liking. The addition of these simple seasonings will elevate the dish to perfection.

Loaded Mashed Cauliflower proves that comfort food can be both delicious and health-conscious! With its creamy, cheesy goodness and a savory touch of bacon, this dish satisfies cravings while staying low-carb and guilt-free.

So, next time you’re yearning for the comfort of mashed potatoes, reach for this delectable alternative and enjoy a wholesome and delightful meal. Indulge in the richness of flavors, savor the creamy texture, and relish in the knowledge that you’re treating yourself to a nourishing and satisfying dish.


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Katie Kinsley

Hailing from the great state of Wisconsin, Katie Kinsley is a content creating, email marketing, overambitious plant-lover (read: killer). She's obsessed with planning detailed vacations and finding and building an affordable wardrobe. She's an individualist at heart discovering self-growth, a parent to a dog and a cat and in love with productivity hacks.
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