I really didn’t know what to expect when I was making this Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower. I had never tried roasting cauliflower before, so this was something new for me. I’m not a particularly big fan of cauliflower either, but I do love roasted veggies–so I thought it would be worth a try!
When I had my first taste of this, I thought, “Wow, this is good!” I really did. It surpassed my expectations. Who would have thought cauliflower could have tasted so good? The cauliflower is roasted, along with some sliced red onion, in a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice. Sour cream and shredded Cheddar cheese, added after the roasting, give this side dish a rich, creamy flavor. And the crumbled bacon on top is a nice touch, although this is great without the bacon, too, if you want to keep it meatless.
I’m sure this is something everyone in your family will love. It’s definitely worth making!
CHEESY ROASTED CAULIFLOWER by NancyCreative, adapted from Kraft Foods
Makes 4 to 6 servings
- 8 cups cauliflower florets
- 1 red onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- Juice from 1 large lemon (about 1/4 cup)
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup regular or lite sour cream
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 ounces) , regular or low-fat
- Optional: 1 slice of cooked and crumbled bacon or 1 Tablespoon real bacon bits
Preheat oven to 450˚F.
In large bowl, combine first 5 ingredients; spread onto foil-covered rimmed 10 x 15″ baking sheet. Bake at 450˚ for 40 minutes, stirring after 20 minutes for even baking (you may get a few burnt edges on your sliced onions and cauliflower, but that’s okay!).
After cauliflower is roasted, spoon back into large bowl and stir in the sour cream. Then mix in the shredded Cheddar cheese. Spoon mixture into an oven-safe baking dish and bake an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese is all melted. Top with crumbled bacon or bacon bits, if using, and serve.
This is a great dinner side dish. And something to keep in mind for special holiday meals. It’s not the healthiest way to prepare cauliflower, but it sure is good! Do you have a favorite cauliflower side dish?
Beautiful!! Creamy goodness!! Forget the side dish…I could make a meal out of this!! Yum.. 🙂
Yes, this could definitely be a meal for me too! 🙂
Beautiful dish and beautifully photographed! I love raw or cooked cauliflower, although I’m the only here who does. Roasting it is one of my favorite methods, but you elevated it with the addition of sour cream, cheddar cheese and bacon. I’m inclined to prepare your recipe and not tell my husband (he’s a meat and potatoes type of guy). I think he’d love it. Shhh. 😉
Thank you! 🙂 When the cauliflower is made this way, it reminds me of mashed potatoes–I’m sure your husband would love it! 🙂
Oh my goodness, this looks like heaven!!!
If you like cheesy side dishes, it is kind of like a little heaven on earth! 🙂
We LOVE roasted cauliflower and this recipe will be added to my box! XOXO
I hope you enjoy the recipe, Susan! Now that I’ve tried roasted cauliflower, I love it too! 🙂
This reminds me of a mac and cheese.. but so much healthier!! If you look at it that way, you’ve cut back on a lot of carbs:) Love the look of this recipe! xx
That’s a good way of looking at it, Barb! 🙂
This looks wildly delicious! I would love some right this minute! 😀
I think you’d really like it if you get a chance to try it! 🙂
This looks amazing! I’ll definitely be trying it soon 🙂
Hope you like it!