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 on it.
First thing’s first, the recipe!
- 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)
- 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.
- While the cauliflower is cooking, melt butter in a small sauce pan. Add the garlic and saute until garlic is light brown, 2-3 minutes.
- 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.
- 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!
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