The inspiration for this Twice-Baked Cauliflower recipe came from my oldest son, Ben, who turns 11 years old today. Happy Birthday, Benjamin! In addition to being an all-around great boy, Ben has bowled me over with his new-found fondness for cauliflower. This is a kid whose pre-paleo vegetable repertoire primarily consisted of canned green beans and the (very) occasional carrot stick. But since we have been following the paleo way of eating he has tried, and liked!, many new things. Ben also enjoys Cauliflower Rice and Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes” both of which are dairy free. However, he eats full fat dairy and gave me the idea of trying a mashed cauliflower dish using Greek yogurt. We are going all out with the dairy on this one so steer clear if you have an intolerance. I guess you could call this Primal Twice-Baked Cauliflower.
Even though the cauliflower is technically only baked once, the flavors are definitely in keeping with the spirit of the “Twice-Baked Potatoes” we all know and love. This much lower carb version has tons of flavor and is beautiful enough for special occasions. We even served it at Christmas dinner. The colors were perfect and my in-laws loved it which is always a good thing.
- 1 medium head of cauliflower
- 3/4 cup full fat Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons celtic sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 4 scallions (spring onions), whites and most of the green parts sliced thin
- 4 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Fry the bacon until crispy.
- Cut the cauliflower into florets and steam, boil or pressure cook it until soft. (I use a pressure cooker on highest setting for 3-4 minutes.)
- In a large food processor combine the cooked cauliflower, Greek yogurt, milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper and purée until very smooth.
- Spread the cauliflower purée into a 9 x9 or other medium-sized baking dish.
- Sprinkle with the cheese, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
- After bringing the dish out of the oven, sprinkle with the scallions and bacon.
- Serve warm.
Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by.
Let me know if you try this recipe and if you use different cheeses. G keeps telling me to try it with parmesan.