I always have a hard time finding side dishes for Thanksgiving that aren’t just completely bad for you. I know it’s a day to splurge, but really, if I’m gonna go crazy about a food, it’s gonna be dessert. So it’s nice to have some sides in my arsenal that won’t blow your entire month.
This side dish is really good, even when you use low-fat cream cheese. It is reminiscent of potatoes au gratin, without all the carbs. We ate the leftovers for lunch all weekend, it was that good.
- 2 heads of cauliflower
- 2 C. shredded cheddar jack cheese
- 1 block of low-fat cream cheese
- 4 Tbsp. milk
- 2 bunches of green onions, sliced
- 3 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 garlic clove, minced
Step 1: Cook the bacon and drain on paper towels. Crumble into small pieces once it has cooled. Set it aside.
Step 2: Cut the cauliflower into bite sized florets. Steam the cauliflower florets until tender, about ten minutes or so.
Step 3: While the cauliflower is steaming, mix together the softened cream cheese, 1 1/2 C. of the shredded cheese, milk, green onions, bacon, and garlic.
Step 4: Drain the steamed cauliflower, and mix it with the cheese mixture until everything is evenly coated. Pour into an 8×8″ baking dish and top with the remaining 1/2 C. of cheese.
Cover the dish with foil and bake for about 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake an addition 10, or until the cheese on top is bubbly and slightly browned.
I forgot to take a picture of the final product because it smelled so good, and I was hungry. So you’ll just have to imagine a browned top layer of cheese over creamy perfection. Yum.
You can also mash the cauliflower a bit while you’re mixing it with the cheese, but I left mine whole, since The Renaissance Man dislikes when I try to pass off a healthy food as something not-so-healthy. He’ll eat cauliflower as long as it looks like cauliflower, but try to pretend they’re mashed potatoes and suddenly I’m committing a crime. Do what feels right to you.
This is not the side I’m making for Thanksgiving, but now I kinda with I was…