A very popular recipe on low carb diets is one for mashed cauliflower. The South Beach Diet has one. Weight Watchers has one. There are a number of ways to make them with varying amounts of herbs, garlic, onions, and other ingredients.
This is a nice way to serve cauliflower regardless of whether or not you are dieting. Steaming and mashing the cauliflower is a good way to get those veggie-haters in your family to try them as they are much milder in this form.
Well, my kids still don’t like cauliflower this way, but hubby does! He always looks at me suspiciously, when I serve them, because he knows they are not “real” mashed potatoes, but something different. He thinks I’m trying to sneak something new onto his plate. Well, that is sometimes true, but he does like these along with his protein aka meat. Hurray for me – I got him to eat a veggie!
My recipe serves two but is easily multiplied to make more servings.
Here is how I make them.
I steam my cauliflower in the microwave. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Allow to sit another 3 minutes. I do not add water, but I do use a veggie steamer designed for the microwave. You may need to adjust the times and add water depending on how your microwave works and what type of container you are using. You want the cauliflower to be tender enough to mash. Make sure to drain the cauliflower before mashing or the end result will be runny.
I love my food processor and use it all the time, but if you don’t have one you can use a regular potato masher.
The more you pulse, the smoother the cauliflower. I actually like mine to have a little texture.
You can use cream, low fat cream, half & half, or milk. Whatever you have on hand will work. I like cream because . . . well . . . it makes the cauliflower creamy!
Add the cream, butter, cheese, salt and pepper to the bowl of the food processor and pulse a few more times to combine.
If you like garlic, onion, or herbs in your cauliflower, feel free to add them, too. I like the taste of cauliflower so I like to keep the ingredients simple.
The beauty of this recipe is that it takes only a few minutes to make. You can make them in advance and put them aside until you are ready to eat.
Cauliflower is one of those veggies that reheats nicely in the microwave. If you are reheating in the microwave, it only takes a minute.
Mock Mashed Potatoes (Cauliflower) Serves 2 2 cups cauliflower florets Steam or microwave cauliflower until very tender. Mash or pulse in the bowl of a food processor until pureed. Bring the cream just to a boil, add the butter, and stir. Add the cream mixture, cheese, salt and pepper to the cauliflower and stir or pulse the processor until completely combined.
1/4 cup cream, half & half, or milk
3 TB butter, melted
3 TB grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Mock Mashed Potatoes (Cauliflower)
2 cups cauliflower florets
Steam or microwave cauliflower until very tender. Mash or pulse in the bowl of a food processor until pureed. Bring the cream just to a boil, add the butter, and stir. Add the cream mixture, cheese, salt and pepper to the cauliflower and stir or pulse the processor until completely combined.