I’ve been roasting cauliflower a lot lately; break it into small flowerets, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper then pop into a medium oven for about 30 minutes. The will brown around the edges and are just a perfect snack or tidbit to serve with a glass of wine before dinner! Oh yes, you can serve them as a side veggie but I can never wait to get them to the table!
Unfortunately my daughter will have nothing to do with them; no thank you is about as close as she will come to touching raw or cooked cauliflower! So I decided to figure out a way to sneak some into something she would eat…Hence bacon baked potato surprises were invented.
Must say that these potatoes ended up being a hearty main dish and were perfect served with a mixed green salad, making it a nice inexpensive dinner! Did Marina like them? Oh yes she loved them and went right to the refrigerator the next day after school to grab a leftover bacon baked potato surprise and pop it into the microwave. Proof positive that she REALLY liked them!
Oh by the way, she never realized that they were filled with cauliflower; my husband and I could taste the cauliflower, the cheese and the potatoes so no worries that some of the flavors are lost!
1 large Idaho baking potato per person
1/2 cauliflower broken into small flowerets
1/2 cup grated mozzarella per person
1/2 cup cheddar per person
1/4 cup sour cream per person
2 slices cooked and chopped bacon per person
Salt and pepper
Scrub and pierce your potatoes and bake until done in a 450 degree oven
Place cauliflower on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
Bake cauliflower at 375 until slightly softened and brown around the edges, about 25 minutes
When cauliflower is done chop quite fine
Scoop out potatoes and reserve skins to refill
Mix potato, cauliflower, bacon, salt, pepper, sour cream, mozzarella and ½ of the cheddar cheese
Fill potato skins and top with remaining cheddar
Return to oven for 15 minutes or until heated through and serve with a mixed green salad.