This vegetarian and onion-free version of the dish turned out delicious. Even my cauliflower-hating wife loved it! Served with fresh cracked pepper brought the flavors out nicely.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
1 8-inch square dish
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until very tender, about 5 minutes.

  • Transfer cauliflower to a bowl and mash with a potato masher until few chunks remain; add 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and Parmesan cheese and mix thoroughly. Spread the mixture into a 8-inch square casserole dish; top with remaining Cheddar cheese. Cover dish with aluminum foil or lid.

  • Bake in preheated oven until hot and bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove cover and continue baking until the top is browned, about 10 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

196 calories; protein 11.3g 23% DV; carbohydrates 10g 3% DV; fat 13.1g 20% DV; cholesterol 41.2mg 14% DV; sodium 274.2mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2015
Used 2% cheddar cheese, but other than that, made no change to the recipe. First, don't think of this as a substitution for mashed potatoes because you'll be disappointed. You never can get mashed cauliflower the same texture as mashed potatoes. However, this is a very nice cauliflower side dish, loaded with flavor. We did add salt and pepper at the table, so I'd probably add that before baking next time, but other than that, wouldn't change a thing. We're not vegetarians, but we enjoyed this vegetarian side dish! Rachel, thanks for sharing! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/15/2016
I didn't use any reduced-fat ingredients. I also added chopped onion 1 glove garlic 1/3 red bell pepper 1 tb. basil salt and pepper. When mashing the cauliflower I added 2 tb. of butter. I substituted cheddar with pepper jack cheese for a little more kick. It was so good! Thanks for the idea. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2015
Used 2% cheddar cheese, but other than that, made no change to the recipe. First, don't think of this as a substitution for mashed potatoes because you'll be disappointed. You never can get mashed cauliflower the same texture as mashed potatoes. However, this is a very nice cauliflower side dish, loaded with flavor. We did add salt and pepper at the table, so I'd probably add that before baking next time, but other than that, wouldn't change a thing. We're not vegetarians, but we enjoyed this vegetarian side dish! Rachel, thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/30/2015
This was very bland. Def needs some spices to add some flavor. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/15/2016
I didn't use any reduced-fat ingredients. I also added chopped onion 1 glove garlic 1/3 red bell pepper 1 tb. basil salt and pepper. When mashing the cauliflower I added 2 tb. of butter. I substituted cheddar with pepper jack cheese for a little more kick. It was so good! Thanks for the idea. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2017
My family LOVES this dish. I am generous with ingredients and add a whole bag of real bacon bits (because I'm too lazy to make my own). great recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2016
My family loves this recipe! I didn't change a thing I used old cheddar for topping Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2016
No changes and we loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2018
great recipe! I have made multiple times and it's very easy to make a quick throw together side. it can be made as written or you can easily cheat if your not in the mood to cook. I love fresh however any cauliflower you have can be cooked then I throw everything in my ninja dump in a casserole dish and cook. I put on broil last few minutes to harden top. I do add some minced garlic and season to taste. great recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2016
It was great will definitely make it again. I added some green onion bacon crumble and Durkee fried onions I had left over from green bean casserole. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2019
Loved this! We are doing the Keto diet and used full fat sour cream and cream cheese. I did put salt and pepper before baking. Also sprinkled some bacon bits and green onion on top. Family love bed it. Thank you for sharing this recipe, Read More