Loaded Smashed Cauliflower Recipe

Loaded smashed cauliflower in a baking dish topped with melted cheese, fresh cooked bacon bits and scallions

Loaded Smashed Cauliflower is a delicious side dish.  It’s great on the dinner table all year long, but perfect for gatherings and holidays.  This recipe is easy to make.

Loaded smashed cauliflower in a baking dish topped with melted cheese, fresh cooked bacon bits and scallions

Loaded Smashed Cauliflower Recipe

Have you had a mashed or smashed cauliflower yet?  If you have, or if you haven’t, you absolutely want to try this recipe.  It’s my Loaded Smashed Cauliflower Recipe.

OMG!  It’s sooooooo goooood and yes, I’m a little biased.

I had no idea that mashed cauliflower could be this good.  A friend introduced me to the concept with bacon and cheese this summer and my tastebuds are eternally grateful.  I of course put my own spin on this yumminess and now, now it’s making a regular debut at dinner.

I like to layer it like making a lasagne with cheese and bacon in between the layers; Mm Mm Good.

Although this is a perfect side dish for gatherings and holidays, it’s almost a meal all on it’s own.  I can eat a small bowl of this and be F-U-L-L.  Nothing else is needed in my book.

I have to tell you, I like this way better than mashed potatoes, shhh don’t tell mashed potatoes I’m turning them in for my loaded smashed cauliflower recipe (wink).

Here’s the printable version for you to cook, smash, layer and try…

Loaded Smashed Cauliflower

Loaded smashed cauliflower in a baking dish topped with melted cheese, fresh cooked bacon bits and scallions


  • 1 pound of bacon
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons of butter, salted
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 oz. of sharp cheese, shredded


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with foil. Place the strips of bacon on to it. Bake the bacon strips for 15 - 20 minutes, until crisp. Let it cool. And, once it's cooled chop it up by cutting it and dicing it with a knife.

Remove the leaves from the head of cauliflower. Cut it into quarters. Wash it off and remove any black specks.

Remove the core, but cutting it out. Break the quarters into cauliflower florets by hand.

Place the florets into large saucepan with about an inch of water on the bottom. Cover, bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium and cook for approximately 10 minutes. Until the cauliflower is tender.

Drain the water.

Place the hot cauliflower into a blender and add in the sour cream, butter, onion powder, sea salt, coriander, garlic powder and black pepper. Blend the mixture until it looks like mashed potatoes.

Coat an 8 x 8 dish with butter. Add half of the mashed cauliflower to the pan. Sprinkle half of the chopped bacon on top of the cheese. Add in the remaining mashed cauliflower. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese and chopped bacon on top. Bake it at 375 degrees until the cheese is melted and it starts to brown around the edges.

Optional: Add sliced scallions on top before serving.


 More about making this recipe;

Frozen Cauliflower?  Yes, you can use them as a substitute, but fresh cauliflower does taste a little bit better and is less soggy over all.

Cheese Change?  Like it spicier?  Try a shredded Monterey Pepper Jack instead of the sharp.

Want more Sides?  Of course you do!  Everyone needs options.  Check out my Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes.  It’s the only way I was able to get my kids to eat sweet potatoes when they were younger.  They also make an excellent side dish for gatherings and holidays.  

Diced sweet potatoes coated with cinnamon and other spiced, cooked and served in a scalloped bowl

My Cinnamon Sweet Potato Recipe Link

12 Comments on “Loaded Smashed Cauliflower Recipe”

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    1. Thank you for hosting us and providing us the opportunity to share = appreciated! Have a GREAT Thanksgiving :)…

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    1. THANK YOU! It’s a delish dish (wink) and perfect for gatherings. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving….and thank you for hosting us!

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