July 22, 2013

Garlic "Mashed" Cauliflower with Cheddar


Cauliflower is packed with many essential vitamins and minerals and it is also low in calories, low in saturated fat, and high in fiber.  It's definitely something that I have been trying to incorporate more frequently into my dinner rotation.  Though not technically "mashed" as the recipe name suggests, the cauliflower is first steamed or boiled and then pureed along with other ingredients into a creamy consistency.  You'll love this delicious, healthier alternative to mashed potatoes!  

Note:  Depending on the actual size of your cauliflower head, you may want to use more or less milk as indicated in the recipe.  Always start with less milk than you think because you can always add more later.

Low-Carb Diet:  You can easily substitute the milk for heavy cream for a low-carb version.  




Ingredients:
Yields 4 servings


  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into florets 
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3 tbsp milk, or as needed
  • 1/4 c cheddar cheese (or up to 1/2 c)
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper, or to taste 
  • Scallions, chopped, for garnish 

Directions:

Steaming:  If steaming, steam the cauliflower florets until soft.  A fork should be able to easily pierce through the cauliflower.  Skip the next boiling step and continue on with the remainder of the recipe.

Boiling:  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.  Add the cauliflower to the boiling water and boil uncovered until soft, about 7 minutes.  A fork should be able to easily pierce through the cauliflower.  Drain the cauliflower.  

Heat the butter over medium heat in a large pot.  Once the butter has melted, add the steamed or boiled cauliflower.  Stir the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.  Add the milk and cheddar and stir well to combine.  

Using an immersion blender (or food processor), puree the contents of the pot until smooth and creamy.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.  

Garnish with scallions and add a dab of butter, if desired. 

Enjoy!

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