Google has been releasing a plethora of “diet friendly foods” for the past few years, but cauliflower mash may just be one of the best. It’s easy to make, and it’s low in carbs, so whether you’re following a low-carb diet or not, it’s a great side dish for a casual dinner. It’s also a great way to add extra flavor to any meal.
A low-carb diet can have a dramatic effect on your energy levels, your mood, and your ability to concentrate. Many people swear by it, but a low-carb diet doesn’t have to mean you can’t indulge in your favorite foods. And by using cauliflower instead of the traditional potato or rice, you can still eat all the things you love, without the carbs.
There’s a lot of talk about “Low-Carb” diets these days, but there’s not much information on how to actually prepare low-carb foods. Most of the low-carb recipes out there are fairly complex and involve lots of ingredients, or they’re just too time consuming to make frequently. So, I wanted to make a simple, quick and healthy low carb dish that I could make right before serving, and this loaded cauliflower mash is just that.
Cauliflower mash with a lot of flavor
Crisp bacon, melted cheese, sour cream, and scallions top this creamy cauliflower mash. It’s the ideal complement to a tender steak or roasted chicken.
Medium (10 + 25 m)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). Arrange an 8 x 8″ (20 x 20 cm) baking dish or individual oven-to-table baking pans on a baking sheet.
Over high heat, bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook for a few minutes, until the cauliflower florets are cooked but still have a semi-firm feel. Drain the water from the cauliflower in a colander.
Blend the cauliflower, butter, and cream cheese together in a food processor or with an immersion blender until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
In a large frying pan over medium heat, cook the bacon for 10-15 minutes, or until crispy. To absorb excess grease, place bacon on paper towels.
Top the cauliflower mash with cheddar cheese and bacon in the baking dish(es). Bake for 15 minutes on the center rack, or until the cheese is gently browned and bubbling. Serve the loaded cauliflower with the steaks on the side, garnished with sour cream and onions.
Special equipment is suggested.
- Food processor or blender