Cheesy Cauliflower

7 Jun

Car salespeople are really good at what they do.

Lately we’ve been looking into buying a car. It’s pretty exciting, thinking that in a matter of months I could be driving around in a car made after the 1990s.

We’re in no hurry to buy a car, though, and we have a flexible timeline in place. Try explaining this to a salesperson at a car dealership. You’re suddenly from Mars if you aren’t prepared to buy the first car you show interest in on the spot.

The tricky part is, the more time you spend at car dealerships test-driving cars, the more you are convinced that you need to buy a car ASAP. Suddenly your timeline vanishes and you don’t want to be the sorry sap who misses out on this once-in-a-lifetime car/deal/gift of the earth.

Now would be a good time to take a breather from test-driving and visiting car dealerships. After you step back, the brain washing dissolves and you remember your timeline, you remember you’re in no hurry, and you remember all is well. You also remember car salespeople are really good at what they do.

Sometimes I’m good at what I do. When I first ate this cheesy cauliflower, I fell in love with it. Then I found out what it was made with (mayonnaise), and I felt sick and confused. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some mayonnaise on a BLT or tuna sandwich, but 1 cup of it seemed rather excessive.

Enter plain yogurt. The perfect swap. More healthy and more delicious—it really is possible.

This cauliflower is delicious—a real treat. If your kids say they don’t like any vegetables, then they haven’t tried this yet.

Start with a whole head of cauliflower. Chop off the leaves and thick stem. Then boil for 12 minutes.

Melt butter with chopped onion in the microwave.

Add yogurt and shredded cheese to butter and onion. Mix until smooth.

Spread mixture over cauliflower.

Bake until golden and bubbly on top.

Cheesy Cauliflower

Makes 4-6 servings


1 whole cauliflower
3 tablespoons onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup plain yogurt (this needs to be PLAIN yogurt—not vanilla or flavored at all)*
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 piece cooked bacon, chopped (optional)

*Or you can use 1 cup plain yogurt and no mayonnaise


Chop off the cauliflower’s outer leaves and thick stalk, but leave the rest of the head intact. Place the cauliflower in a large pot of water and boil for 12 minutes. The cauliflower should pierce easily when tested with a fork.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the chopped onion and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat until butter melts, about 45 seconds. Add the yogurt, mayo, and cheese to the bowl with onions and butter, stirring to combine.

Drain the cauliflower and place in an ovenproof casserole dish. Spread the yogurt mixture over the cooked cauliflower. Bake in oven until the cheese is melted and begins to brown on top, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with the bacon pieces.

Adapted from my old roommate Su.

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