Bacon Cauliflower Recipe

Loaded Cauliflower with bacon and cheese great alternative to loaded baked potato Bacon Cauliflower Recipe

Cauliflower is not one of my husband’s favorite vegetables, in fact, he doesn’t care for it at all. He eats it (when I load it with butter), but it is certainly not on his favorite list… except when I make it like this.

The old saying about the way to a man’s heart being through his stomach… one word: bacon! This recipe was actually the result of a simultaneous pregnancy craving for cauliflower, bacon, and cheese, and it is GOOD!.

Loaded bacon cauliflower is a mixture of a loaded baked potato and macaroni and cheese. Everyone in my family ate this, including our one-year old, who is also not a big cauliflower eater.

Loaded Cauliflower Recipe
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A healthier alternative to loaded baked potatoes made with cauliflower for extra nutrition!
Recipe type: Side
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 large head of cauliflower or 1-2 bags frozen cauliflower (defrosted)
  • 5 pieces of bacon (preferably nitrite free)
  • ½ cup (or more) favorite variety of cheese (I used cheddar)
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 1 TBSP butter (optional)
  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crispy and remove bacon, leaving bacon fat in pan
  2. Add the cauliflower to the pan, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until cauliflower is tender.
  3. Add butter if desired and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  4. Crumble bacon on top of cauliflower, and sprinkle cheese on top of that.
  5. Leave on heat an additional 1-2 minutes to melt cheese.
  6. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite use for cauliflower? Do you use it to substitute for any foods? Share your tips below!

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Reader Comments

  1. Tanya Cawley says

     Hi wellness MamaThanks for your Cauliflower Recipe, I’m going to try that tonight, another alternative is mashing the Cauliflower up like Mashed Spuds, my kids can never spot the difference.

  2. Jamie says

    I’m new here as well but I made the chocolate coconut clusters and I’m now a lifetime fan here. Delish!  Next up: loaded cauliflower.  If you feel a surge in followers, it’s cause I have a really big mouth! Love your site!!!

  3. says

    This looks awesome!  I am new to your site but can see that I will be “sucked in” for many hours to come!  What is the best way to print this recipe?  Thanks so much for all the great info here!  I am also relatively new to Paleo and IF, but enjoying both immensely. 

  4. Sarah says

     I like pureed cauliflower with garlic, salt, pepper, butter & sour cream. Tastes just like mashed potatoes! Even my boyfriend (a meat ‘n potatoes guy) loves it. 

  5. Rachael says

    We do the mashed/creamed potato alternative version, and it’s also great “twice baked”, with more goodies melted/sprinkled on top and an egg thrown in as a binder.  Gives it a nice little au gratin character.  Love your site!

  6. Lafam says

    Roasted cauliflower is also a great recipe.  Cut into bite sized pieces, drizzle with olive oil season with sea salt or seasoned salt and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.  Bake at 400degrees for 20 to 30 minutes.

  7. says

    I made this last night and my family really liked it (which is surprising, because I’m usually the only one eating cauliflower). I did add some sour cream and heavy cream to the recipe to make a creamy sauce, which I really liked. Next time I might try adding some Dijon mustard and some horseradish into the sauce to spice it up a bit. Thank you for the inspiration!

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