January 13, 2015

Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower 1

Cauliflower is extremely trendy these days.  Packed with fiber and antioxidants, it’s understandable why people have been replacing starchy potatoes with this delicious alternative.  From roasted florets to gluten free pizza crusts, cauliflower has proven itself to be extremely versatile.  My favorite way to enjoy this veggie is to mash it, similar to classic mashed potatoes.

My first attempt at creating mashed cauliflower was unsuccessful, as I decided to roast the florets before mashing.  The consistency was no where near as smooth and creamy as I’d hoped it would be.  This discouraged me from attempting a second time, until I saw an episode of Trisha Yearwood’s show on Food Network.  Art Smith made a guest appearance to show his recipe for mashed cauliflower.  Instead of roasting the florets, he boiled them until they became extremely tender.  I had to try this technique for myself!  My heart was once again set on achieving that perfect mashed potato consistency through the health benefits of cauliflower.

The Tips

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The Recipe

Mashed Cauliflower
Yields 4
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  1. 1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped into florets
  2. 1 small clove garlic
  3. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  4. Salt & Pepper, to taste
  5. 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  1. Bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil atop the stove.  With a pinch of salt, add the chopped cauliflower florets.  Cook until extremely tender, about 10-15 minutes.  You'll know the cauliflower is ready once you stick a fork in the largest piece and it slides right off.  Drain the tender cauliflower.
  2. While the florets are still warm, add them to food processor with garlic, and butter.  Process until you've achieved your desired consistency.  Stir in the salt, pepper, and dried parsley.
  1. Top with additional pepper, parsley and butter, if desired.
Adapted from Trisha Yearwood
Adapted from Trisha Yearwood
Lana del Crave https://lanadelcrave.com/

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