It’s wintertime!!! That means we are all looking to warm up inside one way or another. What better way to do that than to cook something with bacon and cheese in it?!?! I mean, come on, bacon brings a smile to everyone’s face. Unless you are a vegetarian like my old Chicago roommate (love you Nat!!), then you don’t qualify. However, if you fall into this category, then there is still good news! Just make this recipe without bacon and chicken and BAM! everyone is happy (except for the vegans of America but unfortunately I have no remedy for you). So, without further ado, here is my recipe for Loaded Cauliflower Casserole!!! Stay warm this winter peeps!
4 Cups of Cauliflower Florets
1-2 Baked Chicken Breasts (Chopped/Cubed)
1 1/2 Cup Shredded Colby Jack or Monterrey Jack Cheese
1/4 Cup Chopped Jalapeño
1/4 Cup Chopped Onion
1/4 Cup Chopped Chives
1/2 Cup Chopped Bacon
Sour Cream for Topping (if desired when finished baking)
Salt and Pepper for Taste
1.) Preheat the oven @400 and bake chicken for 15-20 minutes (it’s OK if it isn’t 100% cooked through because it will be going in the oven again).
2.) While waiting for chicken to cook, steam the cauliflower for 4-5 minutes. And if using raw bacon instead of bacon bits, cook it on the stove top and chop into pieces when finished.
3.) In a bowl, combine 1 cup of cheese with the already steamed cauliflower and pour into a casserole dish.
4.) Top with chopped onions, jalapeños, chives, bacon, and chopped chicken. Finally, pour the other 1/2 cup of cheese on top.
5.) Bake with tin foil covering for 20 min, then uncover and bake for another 5-10 min.
6.) ALL DONE!!! Enjoy your warm cheesy delight!