Loaded Cauliflower Bake

Ingredients 

  • ▢2 small heads cauliflower cut into florets
  • ▢2 tablespoons salted butter
  • ▢1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ▢3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ▢2 cups milk
  • ▢2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ▢1 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar divided
  • ▢salt and pepper to taste
  • ▢6 slices applewood smoked bacon cooked and crumbled
  • ▢1/4 cup chopped green onions

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 13x9in. baking dish.
  • Boil cauliflower florets in salted boiling water for about 3 minutes.
  • Drain all water from the cauliflower and dump into prepared dish.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat and cook garlic until fragrant (1 minute).
  • Add flour and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Add milk 1/2 cup at a time and bring to a simmer.
  • Add cream cheese and whisk to combine.
  • Remove from heat and add 1 cup of the sharp cheddar; stir until melted.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour cheese sauce over cauliflower and stir to evenly coat.
  • Set aside 1 tablespoon each of cooked bacon and green onions, then stir the rest into the cauliflower.
  • Top with remaining cheese, bacon and green onions.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted completely.

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