Yes, this is as good as it sounds. Maybe even better. I made it TWICE this week because Andrew and I were fighting over the leftovers. Fighting! Over cauliflower!
Between the rich, creamy flavor of the gouda cheese, the pops of bacony goodness and the mashed potato-esque stick-to-your-ribs level thickness, this cauliflower mash is a perfect alternative for a starchy side dish.
I had planned to make this to eat alongside of a 3 ingredient crock pot steak. It’s been a year or so since I made the steak, but I always eat it with mashed potatoes. Bob Evans refrigerated mashed potatoes to be exact. Because I’m fancy like that.
So I decided to go for a mashed cauliflower dish in place of the potatoes, since I’m still chugging along in my 12 week weight loss challenge and trying to eat healthier. I still actually felt über guilty about it because it tasted so much like mashed potatoes. I even made broccoli to go with our dinner so I felt like I was getting my veggies in! Even though I was eating 1/4 of a head of cauliflower already…
If you’ve got picky eaters at home, this dish is a perfect segue into healthier options. The rich flavors disguise the cauliflower taste, and who doesn’t love a cheesy bacony side dish?!
SMOKED GOUDA AND BACON CAULIFLOWER MASH
208 calories per serving
7 SP per serving
So let’s not get it twisted and think this a completely wholesome vegetable dish that we can devour in one sitting. I mean, we could, but…we shouldn’t. There’s still butter, heavy cream, bacon, and cheese hidden in here so don’t go too cray-cray with your fork!
I used a small head of cauliflower which made 4 servings of mash so each portion had 208 calories. The cauliflower shrinks up pretty quickly in the food processor, so if you’re cooking for a crowd be sure to make more than what you think you’d need! One small head of cauliflower gave us 4 servings of about a 3/4 C each.
how do i choose the right cauliflower?
- Choose cauliflower heads that are clean, firm, compact and white or off white in color. Avoid cauliflower that is browned, soft, or has any dark spots.
- Choose a cauliflower head that feels heavy for its size.
- The leaves of the cauliflower should be green and crisp with no signs of yellowing or wilting. Leaves growing within the cauliflower head is fine, just remove them before cooking.
- There should be no smell. If it has a strong odor, it is likely past its prime and will have an unpleasant taste.
- Check the stem to ensure it looks freshly cut and is in good shape.
got it, so how do i store the cauliflower until i’m ready to cook it?
- Unwrap your cauliflower from the store packaged plastic wrap, wrap in a paper towel, then transfer to a loosely sealed bag. Store in your refrigerator crisper drawer, stem side up, for 4-7 days.
- Pre-cut florets should be used within 4 days.
- Do not wash the cauliflower until you are ready to use it.
great! now how to do i cook this recipe?
Start by cutting a head of cauliflower into florets and add to a large microwaveable bowl. Into the same bowl, add in 3 Tbsp of heavy cream, 2 Tbsp butter, and 1/4 tsp garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper.
Microwave for 20 minutes. Yep. Microwave. How easy is this recipe?!
Once tender, add the cauliflower mixture into a food processor. Add in 4 slices of cooked bacon cut into small pieces, and 1/3 C shredded gouda cheese. Blend until desired consistency.
Enjoy! You can serve immediately or store in a sealed refrigerated container until needed then microwave until warm. It reheats perfectly so you can always make it in advance!Print
This rich, creamy, thick side dish has pops of bacony goodness and is so flavorful you’ll forget they aren’t mashed potatoes! Only 208 calories per serving! (7 SP)
- 1 head of cauliflower (I used a small one, but any size would work fine)
- 3 Tbsp heavy cream
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 4 slices cooked bacon, cut into small pieces
- 1/3 C shredded gouda cheese
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Cut cauliflower into small florets and place into a large microwaveable bowl.
- Add in heavy cream, butter, and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper.
- Microwave for 20 minutes.
- Once tender, pour cauliflower mixture into a food processor.
- Add in bacon and gouda cheese. Blend until desired consistency.
7 SP per serving
- Serving Size: 3/4 C
- Calories: 208
- Sugar: 2.8 g
- Sodium: 177.8 mg
- Fat: 15 g
- Saturated Fat: 9.4 g
- Carbohydrates: 6.1 g
- Fiber: 2.6 g
- Protein: 6.8 g
- Cholesterol: 51.6 mg
**Recipe from I Breathe I’m Hungry (my sentiments, exactly!)
What do you think? Did this recipe make the cut for you or did it crumble? What would you do differently? I look forward to reading your opinions!