cooking cauliflower

Last night Oakley wasn’t home for dinner, so I used the opportunity to cook something I knew he probably wouldn’t like. Drum roll please…mashed cauliflower! Mashed cauliflower is a healthy substitute for mashed potatoes. I’ll share the recipe I used (a combo of a few different recipes), what I served it with, and my thoughts onĀ it.

First thing’s first, the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp milk (I used 1%)
  • 2-3 tbsp blue cheese crumbles (or your favorite cheese – might need to adjust amount)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • green onion, chopped (for garnish)

Directions:

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the cauliflower florets and turn down heat so water is simmering. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes, or until florets are soft.
  2. While the cauliflower is cooking, meltĀ butter in a small sauce pan. Add the garlic and saute until garlic is light brown, 2-3 minutes.
  3. When cauliflower is finished cooking, drain the water. Put cauliflower florets, butter and garlic mixture, milk, blue cheese, salt, and pepper in a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  4. Serve in a bowl or on a plate and garnish with green onions.

Seems pretty easy, huh? It was! To go with the mashed cauliflower, I made oven baked, boneless pork chops seasoned with ranch powder and green beans sauteed in garlic and olive oil. I love, love, love garlic and use it almost every night. Just ask Oakley!

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I thought the mashed cauliflower was good, but not great. I enjoyed the blue cheese flavor (but I love blue cheese) and the mashed cauliflower/green bean combo. They worked well together. This recipe will 100% find its way back into my kitchen. However, next time, I will use a little less milk. The consistency was a bit runny for my liking. Also, it would be fun to play around with cheese flavors with this recipe – parmesan and sharp white cheddar are two that come to mind!

Have you ever made mashed cauliflower? If so, please share your recipe!

Lots of love – ked

 

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