Mashed Cauliflower is a wonderful alternative to traditional mashed potatoes, and when you load it up with cheese, bacon, and scallions…what’s not to love? In this recipe, I bumped up the flavor even further by adding chive and onion cream cheese to the cauliflower. In my opinion, a perfect side dish. Give it a try!
¼ cup grated cheddar cheese
3 tbsp. crumbled bacon
2 tbsp. scallions
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 clove garlic
¼ cup chive and onion flavored cream cheese
1 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper
Step 1: Boil a large pot of water and add some salt (about a tablespoon). Crush garlic slightly and remove skin. Transfer the cauliflower and garlic to the pot and boil until tender, about 9-10 minutes.
Step 2: Drain cauliflower completely (including garlic) and pat dry with paper towels. Put in a blender or food processor with the lid open and let sit for 5 minutes to allow steam to escape.
Step 3: Add the cream cheese, butter, ¼ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper. Pulse until smooth and combined. Transfer to a bowl or a small casserole dish. Top with cheddar, bacon, and scallions.