Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Better than mashed potatoes

Mashed or pureed cauliflower has become popular among low-carbers as an alternative to mashed potatoes. It has a lighter texture, similar to whipped potatoes that you might find on top of a shepherd's pie. They're convincing enough that guests either won't know the difference, or simply won't care. I decided to liven up this recipe with roasted garlic, goat chevre, and asiago cheese.
INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbs grated asiago cheese (parmesan is a fine substitute)
  • 3 Tbs crumbled chevre (soft goat cheese)
  • Salt to taste
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Slice off the top of the head of garlic, drizzle on the olive oil, then wrap tightly in foil, twisting at the top. Bake for an hour and let cool.
  2. Steam the cauliflower in a vegetable steamer basket until very soft and slightly overcooked. Let drain and cool slightly.
  3. Squeeze the garlic out of the cloves and puree with the cauliflower and remaining ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Taste and add more salt if desired.
Simple dairy-free variation: Exclude the cheeses and roasted garlic. Add 2 Tbs melted ghee or other fat of choice to the food processor when pureeing. 

7 comments:

Christina @ Ilovefetacheese said...

I really need to try to make more things with cauliflower...I've seen pizza crust and rice too! Thanks for the recipe

Daniel Schwarz said...

Unbelievable. Delicious. Thank you so much and greetings from Germany, Daniel

Erica said...

Daniel, happy to hear it worked out for you!

erin said...

I am looking at this and your other thanksgiving recipes and aside from the stuffing, I don't see how many these recipes serve.

Jordan said...

How do you freeze and reheat this?

Erica said...

Jordan, I freeze it in silicone muffin cups. Then I defrost in the microwave, stir it up, then heat it in the nuker on high.

Kristi said...

Is there a specific reason to eliminate the garlic from the dairy free version? Is it just preference or am I missing something simple

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