Loaded Cauliflower Au Gratin
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes
4 c. cauliflower florets, chopped into bite-sized pieces
6 oz. cream cheese, cut
¼ c. heavy cream
3 T. unsalted butter, softened
¼ t. garlic powder
½ t. dried dill
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1½ c. Italian cheese blend, shredded
4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 T. fresh chives, chopped
Place top oven rack in the center position and
preheat oven to 400°F.
Place the cauliflower in a steamer basket on
top of a pot with boiling water and steam until fork-tender, around 6-7
minutes. Remove from heat and transfer cauliflower into a cold water bath to
prevent further cooking. Drain well and pat dry.
Transfer steamed cauliflower to a large bowl
and add cream cheese, heavy cream, butter, garlic powder, and dried dill. Season
with salt and black pepper, to taste, and toss to combine.
Transfer to an oven-safe casserole dish and top
with shredded cheese blend and crumbled bacon. Place in preheated oven and roast
until cheese is melted and nicely browned on top, around 8-10 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and serve immediately topped with fresh chives. Enjoy!