Loaded Baked Cauliflower

Hey! I’ve been a little MIA this past week … sorry about that! 

 
did have a few recipes that I wanted to share for the big
feast coming up on Thursday but life has, once again, interfered with my good
intentions.

So, hopefully, you’ll have everything on hand to give this a try … if not on
Thursday, maybe Saturday or Sunday when you start to get really tired of those
leftovers 😉
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve really started to try MORE veggies and
so far, so good …so here’s to this yummy dish that I picked up over
at Skinny Taste … with modifications, of course … 

This is how I made it on a fine Saturday afternoon … you should too!

24 ounces of cauliflower florets … I love Costco for stuff like this (or 6
cups worth or use the bagged riced stuff!)
1/4 cup or so of bacon bits (again, great Costco buy!)
3 cloves of garlic, sliced
1/3 cup milk (I used 2%)
1 tbs butter
3/4 tsp salt
black pepper to taste
2 tbs of finely sliced green onions (you do regrow the
roots, right?)
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Ready??

Grab your rice cooker and steamer insert. Add water to bottom of pot and fill
up the steamer basket with the garlic and cauliflower. I really had to cram
mine in to close the lid … 

Set to 17 minutes to steam. Go ahead, toss a load of laundry in the washer, hop
on pinterest, play with the cat/dog/kid/whatever … 

Once done steaming, transfer the cauliflower and garlic to a food processor
with the blade in.  Add milk, butter, salt and pepper and turn on to puree
… 

Stir in the green onions and transfer to an 8×8 baking dish to serve family
style OR if it’s just you eating a snack (ahem, I don’t judge, really), then
grab a small dish and dish some up in that. Top with the shredded cheese and
bacon bits.

Now … you have two choices. I opted with the first option since it was a
small dish for ME … microwave for 20 seconds or so til the cheese is
a little melty OR if doing the big dish, bake in a 400 degree oven
5 minutes or so til the cheese is melty. It’s up to you, and again, I
won’t judge …

Add the bacon, cheese, and bake for about 5 minutes or so, til the cheese is
melted.

If desired, sprinkle with a little more green onion over the top, serve up and
enjoy! 

*If the cauliflower seems to be really “moist”, let it drain a little
in a strainer … or use LESS milk … if it’s too watery, you will be sad that
you just have a liquid form of cauliflower instead of a nice thick, creamy
cauliflower … 
Looking
forward to sharing with some of these 
GREAT Parties …
go check them out!

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