Baked Cauliflower

Baked Cauliflower: A Cheesy Delight

Transform a simple head of cauliflower into a scrumptious centerpiece with this easy-baked cauliflower recipe. Perfect for those seeking a delicious side dish or a vegetarian main, this recipe infuses the mild, nutty flavors of cauliflower with a rich, cheesy crust. The combination of creamy mayonnaise, sharp Parmesan, and smooth white cheddar envelops the cauliflower in a luscious layer, while garlic and parsley add a burst of freshness and aroma. Whether you’re catering to a family dinner or a special gathering, this baked cauliflower is sure to impress.


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese, grated
  • Minced garlic, to taste
  • Dried parsley, plus more for garnish
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Prepare a baking dish by lightly greasing it or lining it with parchment paper.
  2. Carefully remove the hard pieces and stem from the cauliflower, ensuring to keep the head intact. This will allow the cauliflower to sit nicely in the baking dish and cook evenly.
  3. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the cauliflower for 7 minutes. This blanching process begins the cooking process, ensuring the cauliflower is perfectly tender once baked.
  4. After boiling, drain the cauliflower well. Pat it dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. This step is crucial for the cheese mixture to adhere properly.
  5. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of mayonnaise, 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup of grated white cheddar cheese, minced garlic, and dried parsley. Stir the mixture until it’s smooth and well combined.
  6. Place the cauliflower head in the prepared baking dish. Generously coat the cauliflower with the cheese mixture, making sure to cover all the nooks and crannies for maximum flavor.
  7. Sprinkle the coated cauliflower with garlic powder, black pepper, and a bit more dried parsley. These seasonings will enhance the flavors and add a beautiful finish.
  8. Bake the cauliflower in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and bubbly, and the cauliflower is tender to the touch.

Serve this golden, cheesy baked cauliflower fresh from the oven as a delightful side or a vegetarian main course. Its creamy texture and robust flavors are sure to make it a hit at any table. Enjoy!

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