Loaded Twice Baked Cauliflower (Low Carb/Gluten Free)

If there was ever a recipe that deserved first, second, or third place in a food contest, it would be this one. Oh wait!  It did! Last weekend, I attended my family’s reunion in which I not only beat my mom and dad in the water balloon toss, but I tied for second place in the recipe contest in which I entertained their taste buds with this Loaded Twice Baked Cauliflower side dish.

Not only does it taste AH-MAY-ZING, but it is low carb, gluten-free, and super easy to make. And did I mention it has bacon in it? I promise you won’t even miss the carbs because the cauliflower tastes and mimics potatoes. Even my brother didn’t believe it was cauliflower. I hope you and your family enjoy this award-winning recipe as much as my family did.

Twice Baked Cauliflower


1 Large head cauliflower

5 ounces cream cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 cup chopped green onions

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1 package of bacon pieces (I sometimes use two) or 6-8 slices of bacon cooked until crisp

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I sometimes use more)


Preheat your oven to 350F. Cut out the stem and core from cauliflower, and cut into pieces. Cook in large pot of boiling salted water until cauliflower is tender, but not overly soft.  Drain well and mash with potato masher, leaving some chunks. Next, mix in the cream cheese, sour cream, green onion, Parmesan cheese and 1/2 of the crumbled bacon.

Spread evenly in a 9×13 glass casserole dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, reserved bacon and if desired, more green onions. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Eating healthy never tasted so good!  


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49 thoughts on “Loaded Twice Baked Cauliflower (Low Carb/Gluten Free)

  1. Looks delish! Can’t wait to make this :). Have you ever tried Cauliflower pizza crust? It’s even better than traditional crust :)!!


      • I really, REALLY want to try it. Cheesy potatoes are one of my love languages. Unfortunately, I have a hefty German/Polish Midwestern build and potatoes don’t necessarily look great on me. Cauliflower might be better!


  2. I’m going to modify these and make something similar!!! There are so many good recipes for cauliflower rice – I need to try more of them. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Also for folks trying to stay away from cheese I’m heard wonderful things about a vegan cheese made by daiya-everyone says it’s amazing delicious. I have my doubts, but it might help with dairy free folk!


    • i took it to another gathering a few days after my family reunion and a girl there HATES cauliflower but had two plate fulls. It’s worth a shot. I bet you will LOVE it!!


  4. Oh, YUM!!! This looks wonduful, dahling! I am not a big fan of cauliflower, but, hey, if it tastes like potatoes, I’m game!! Can’t wait to try it…I may not even tell anyone what is in it and see if they notice. He!He! Thanks for sharing. 🙂 Much love to you.


  5. Mmm!! Sounds so good! I wish I could make it, but my hubby loathes cauliflower and cannot even handle it being on the same plate as other food. I’ll have to wait until we have a party or visit family or something to make it.


  6. Love this recipe. I’ve made it tons of times. I’m wondering what you think about cooking it in the slow cooker? I have a function to bring it to and I don’t have an oven there and it will be there for a few hours before we eat. Thoughts?


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