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Potatoless Twice Baked Potatoes ~ Cauliflower Bake

Who here loves a savory side dish? ME! Nothing better than having the right compliment to your meal or one that doubles as an anytime snack. I am a serious potato lover, but no so much a lover of all the starchy sugars that come with it. tsk. Don’t get me wrong, potatoes have a place for potassium, but I like to take a break from the staple to nourish my body in other ways. Today, I’m sharing one of our favorite recipes: Potatoless Twice Baked Potatoes (aka. savory cauliflower bake).

Plated Potatoless Twice Baked Potatoes - A savory cauliflower side dish by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Before you run off screaming, “You can’t take away my potatoes!!” hear me out. I’m not saying all potatoes should be banned, but maybe scaled back a bit. Why? Those starches you’re consuming are basically sugars that are feeding the bad guys in your gut – your colony of flora you want to be all about helping you. Even cancer feeds on sugar and we all know how prevalent that is in today’s world. sigh.

Potatoless Savory Side Dish to Replace the Classic Twice Baked Potato by Larissa of Proidgal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Why not replace potatoes now and then with a fun alternative? A classic dish is the twice baked potato that offers a savory flair. You take your potato and bake it, mash it up and return it to the oven to bake again filled with cheese and yummilicious extras. Well, I’ve created these yummies to quench that craving and nourish at the same time.

Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoless Potatoes. Recipe by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The best part about these is that there are no rules (fix them how you like them!), they can be made ahead of time, and are perfect for your holiday meals or family gatherings. Ready to give them a try? They’re super easy and don’t require a whole lotta prep work.

The Potatoless Twice Baked Potato for your next holiday meal by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Let’s get started! Feel free to print the recipe below and take a peek at all my other recipes in this collection here.

Potatoless Twice Baked Potatoes ~ Cauliflower Bake

Love a savory side dish, but want to skip the starches? Dig in with these potatoless twice baked potatoes. A cauliflower bake to tame cravings & nourish.

  • 2 head cauliflower (cut and stemmed)
  • 6 small squash (trimmed, quartered, and cored)
  • 3 green onions (prepared as shown)
  • 2 cups cheese of choice (shredded, separated)
  • 1.5 cups milk (raw is preferred )
  • 1 pound bacon (nitrate/nitrite free) (cooked )
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  1. Wash all produce and prepare as noted in ingredients list. While bacon is cooking, steam the cauliflower for 10 minutes or until tender. note: Make sure to reserve the bacon drippings for later
  2. When cauliflower is done, remove from steamer and place in a large bowl. Set aside. Place the prepared squash (or peppers) in the same steamer and also steam for 10 minutes or until tender.
  3. While the squash is steaming, puree the cauliflower using a immersion blender or place in a food processor and pulse till blended. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Mix in your green onion, 1 cup of the cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Place steamed squash on baking sheet open side up.
  5. Scoop cauliflower by tablespoonful into each quarter of squash. Top with cheese and place in oven to bake for 10 minutes. At the end of ten minutes, broil for 5 minutes to brown the cheese.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes. Top with green onions, bacon, and drizzle with bacon drippings (if desired). Serve warm and enjoy. note: Store any leftovers in a container in refrigerator up to one week.

Simply gather your ingredients. I cook for 8, so this recipe is easily halved if you have a smaller crew. We almost always have a bit of leftovers for lunch later on, which is a win-win in my book.

Cauliflower Savory Side Dish Ingredients. Recipe by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com

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The basic tools you’ll need to prep is a skillet (this griddle is my favorite), steamer basket, large pot, immersion blender (or hand mill / food processor), and oven. Simple enough, right?

I like to keep the whole process streamlined, so while my bacon is cooking I prep the cauliflower. Be sure to save those bacon drippings!

Cooking Nitrate Free Bacon for Cauliflower Twice Baked Dish by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

While the cauliflower is steaming I prep the squash. Feel free to use bell peppers or any other “container” if you’re not into squash.

How to Core a Squash | prodigalpieces.com

Then while the squash is steaming I prepare the other ingredients. Take note: if you save your steaming water and let cool to room temperature, it is wonderful to use to nourish your plants indoors and out. Pets love it too!

The entire process really can move fast if you want it to. This mama is always busy and my kids help out all the time. It’s easy to prepare, so make it fun and get all the ages involved.Steaming Squash for Potatoless Twice Baked Potatoes. Recipe at prodigalpieces.com

I like to make the most of all the parts of a plant too. The green onions for these potatoless twice baked potatoes is chopped to use it all. Top for toppings, bottom for filling, and compost the ends…or root them in a sunny window and replant them. They’ll grow anew!

Cutting Green Onion for Less Waste | prodigalpieces.com

Once all is prepped and cooked, I simply use my immersion blender to whip up those cauliflower florets and milk to get the texture of mashed potatoes. Even in the kitchen my motto is still #toolsoverjewels. Tools for the win!

Blending Steamed Cauliflower with Immersion Blender by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Fold in the rest and begin to get your appetite game on because these are gonna be soooo good!

Mixing Ingredients into Potatoless Twice Baked Potatoes with Cauliflower | prodigalpieces.com

Fill up the squash, top with cheese, and bake until browned and bubbly. Easy!

Filling Squash with Cauliflower Bake | prodigalpieces.com

My kids love these potatoless twice baked potatoes because they not only taste good, but are fun to make. Who can pass up bacon drippings drizzled over top? mmm… Before you think I’m also nuts for using that, do know that healthy fats from healthily prepared food help create a protective lining to your gut and feed your brain.

Drizzling Bacon Drippings onto Savory Cauliflower Side Dish by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My hope that is that much like my DIY projects that you will be willing to give foods a try. You can ask my mother – she always said I was THE PICKIEST EATER on the planet. It’s amazing what information can do.

Time for some fun! I so eagerly want to encourage you to give the recipes I share a try. To do that I’m giving away a set of my ticking pot holders (trivets) and a #trashure campfire mug from my shop to one of you.

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Pin and share these potatoless twice baked potatoes to encourage others to step out of the potato box. You’ll both be blessed for it. Thanks!

Love your potatoes, but not the starch? Give these potatoless twice baked potatoes a try. This savory cauliflower side dish is sure to please. Think holiday food! | Recipe at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

 

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Comments

  1. Debrashoppeno5 says

    These look so tasty. They have everything I love and is a nice alternative to potatoes.

  2. ColleenB.~Texas says

    A great alternative to potatoes for sure as I’m not a potato eater.
    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity.

  3. Melissa Storms says

    These look really good and I think my family would like them. I recently tried lettuce wraps and cucumber subs and was surprised at how good they both were. I didn’t miss the bread at all which surprised me.

    • Larissa says

      You are making me hungry! I just love a good twist to an old classic.

  4. Kim N says

    I think I might have to try theses! Thank you, Larissa.

  5. Alison S says

    Sounds yummy! Thanks for the alternative to potatoes.

  6. Rhonda says

    Thanks for spreading the word about healthy fats!

  7. Staci says

    Hmmm… maybe I can be brave enough to eat cauliflower! I am a potato girl, but I am well aware they’re not the healthiest. I might even cook this tonight! Thanks for a new recipe! 😀

  8. Lisa Dickens says

    I would love this dish but I can convert my husband! Thanks for writing.

    • Larissa says

      Ya know, JC wasn’t sure about them either, but he actually requests cauliflower now! So cool.

  9. Deb says

    This sounds very tasty! I love all veggies!

  10. Teresa Archer says

    I’ve been searching for more recipes like this, thank you, thank you, thank you!

  11. Jolinda says

    Those sound wonderful, some of my favorite foods. I will need something besides the bacon as we don’t eat meat.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Larissa says

      You can take this and tweak it to your heart’s content. My pleasure to share. 🙂

  12. Linda Petteys says

    We have switched to sweet potatoes instead of white and have cut down on potato consumption altogether. Substituting other veggies to fill us up is key. Thank you!

  13. Mary Redmiles says

    These look soo delicious, can’t wait to try them. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Paula says

    Thanks for sharing your recipes. I’ll check all of them out. But I’m going to try this one first! Cauliflower is a staple in our house. Bacon would be a treat. (Believe it or not, my kids asked me the other day, “What is bacon?”. I should let them try it.) I love that your recipes are kid tested and approved. Husband loves zucchini! He always wants several plants in the garden, and claims he will eat all of the squash. He does a good job of it; I just stay on picking them before they get too big. Too bad have to buy it this time of year, but our plants succumbed to the first below freezing night. But he loves them so much, he doesn’t mind when I buy them. (When I do, you’d think I brought home bacon! )

  15. Vickie says

    These potatos sound so good. The fact that other veggies are involved is great!!

    • Larissa says

      They didn’t last long for our lunch that day. Kids wanted more! 😀

  16. Kimberly says

    I always feel so much better if I cut the carbs. I actually already make something very similar, but only mash the cauli slightly with the back of a fork (no milk) and bake it all in a pan. I am going to have to try this version, I know it will taste great in the squash.

    • Larissa says

      Yes, same for me. We eat cauliflower in so many ways and this is surely a favorite. Enjoy!

  17. Paula says

    Favorite not from a box (forgot how you worded it): slice sweet potatoes and onions, smash some garlic cloves, put in long shallow dish drizzle with avocado or olive oil sprinkle salt. Cover with foil, roast about an hour. Remove foil at end if want more roasty. Could eat this everyday! Sometimes vary it with adding, just a few Yukon potatoes, cauliflower, zucchini, sweet red, orange yellow peppers, or anything else on hand. sometimes add spices: tumeric, cumin, paprika (use some coconut oil with that too). We always make extra, cause the leftovers are even better: heated up, or thrown in next night’s dinner, or make a new dinner out of it–like with coconut cream and made into a Thai soup or something something. (Hubs puts it in his salad for lunch cold–love how easy he can be!).

    • Larissa says

      It sure sounds so yummy, especially on a cold winter day. mmm… I think leftovers are always the best!

  18. Debra Wise says

    These sound like a yummy alternative to potatoes. I love squash and cauliflower but never thought to combine them like this.

    • Larissa says

      It is a fave of ours and we like to keep everyone happy. 😀

  19. Elaine Marcius says

    I am testing this recipe this weekend. Looks yummy!

  20. Carole says

    We’ve tried doing that instead of potatoes a few times. Hubby is on a low carb diet, and this is the perfect alternative.

  21. Mary says

    I love cauliflower and this sounds like a great dish to try. Thanks. I love potatoes but do tire of them. Bacon- enough said!

    • Larissa says

      Yes, they can get boring too. Fun to mix it up. And yes…BACON! 😀

  22. Carol Claremont says

    These really do look good. I will probably send it to my daughter as she cooks for a family and I am just me most nights. We (my grown son lives here and cares for me but he works full time) love Southwest food over Mexican so we play around with recipes. We have just recently come up with a burrito recipe that is very easy and a big taco/southwestern casserole where I combined 2 other casseroles to make one we LOVE. We both like to add corn and black beans to any recipes with those taco.burrito like flavors and it works – plus, we like that we are getting a little veggies instead of so much cheese. Burritos are so low in calories and we use chicken instead of beef.

    • Larissa says

      You could even knock the recipe down for one, it’s really easy. Sounds like your burritos are delish!

  23. Annette says

    This looks so good! I like to make Sweet Potato hash instead of traditional hash.

    • Larissa says

      Potatoes, especially veggies, make it so nice to mix it up. Endless! 🙂

  24. Becky Ensinger says

    Looks so yummy!

  25. Pamela says

    YUM!!! I can’t wait to try these, already put all the ingredients on my shopping list. lol 😋

  26. Sandy says

    I can not wait to try this recipe. My favorite out side the box recipe is this one I think.

  27. Wendy D.! says

    This looks yummy. We love zucchini and are always looking for new recipes that include them.

  28. Cathy says

    oh yea! Trying these for sure. They look so yummy for munching while watching football on Sunday! I’ve already made your muffins and the no-knead bread. How could these be wrong??!!!

    • Larissa says

      My husband said the same! hahaha…great minds snack alike. I’m so stoke you love my recipes. Thanks!

  29. Julie R says

    I’ll have to try your recipe. I’m not creative so I don’t have an outside of the box recipe.

  30. Lisa foodson says

    Peanut butter bunny. Old recipe from Grandma. Gravy type thing on crackers. Love

  31. Sherry Fram says

    Using squash in place of pasta in lasagna is our out of the pot cooking!!

  32. Donna Gonzalez says

    I need convincing that these would tase good. Maybe you could fix these dishes for me. I could come to your house and try them. Is it a date?????

  33. Lisa Wilson says

    Love Brussels sprouts and there are so many great recipes out there for them.

  34. Diego Lopes says

    This bake looks so delicious!! I love the ingredients list, so I already know I’ll love the dish too. Thanks for posting it!

  35. Marie says

    This recipe couldn’t be more timely. Just the other night my son and his fiance offered to host a potluck Christmas dinner at their home this year. I’m in charge of the veggie dishes. Guess what I’ll be bringing! Pinned to reference on the 24th – thanks for the recipe, Larissa 🙂

    • Larissa says

      Sweet! We actually just had steamed yellow squash filled with a lime salsa with cheese on top with our dinner. So yummy!!

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