Fully Loaded Cauliflower Mash

Here’s a quick and yummy side dish that will surprise you!

For years, and I do mean YEARS, you couldn’t get me anywhere the majority of vegetables … especially anything that resembles a tree or shrub. AKA broccoli. And cauliflower

My, how things have changed in the past 5 or so years!

It looks like a loaded baked potato. But I will not tell you it taste like that … only because I’m an honest person and I will never tell you that cauliflower taste like taters or rice. Because it doesn’t.

But hey, if you add enough stuff to that cauliflower, it will certainly taste better than just plain, ordinary cauliflower!

All credit for this yummy dish should be credited to Gina with Skinny Taste … with modifications, of course …  (and yeah, we do have one of her cookbooks!)

Ok, enough chatting! Let’s get to how you can make this 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


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 morel 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 … 


*To grow those green onions, simply put the white root ends in a small glass (standing up) and add a little water to the glass and they will start growing!

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Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

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Author: The Mark & Jan Show

Hi! We are Mark and Jan. Highschool Sweethearts living in Paradise and fast forwarding to our retirement days! We have 2 kids, both young adults now, a grandbaby that was born on 12/29/18 (3 weeks sooner than anticipated!) and we have 2 cats ... more than enough!

6 thoughts on “Fully Loaded Cauliflower Mash”

  1. I’ve been wanting to give mashed cauliflower a try. I thought maybe I should do half and half (with potatoes) so the husband would be more open to it?! Definitely will save this so I won’t forget. Thanks for linking up! #fiestafriday

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