Weather: 32, orange and pink sunrise
What I’m listening to: the morning hush after the morning rush
It’s cauliflower season. Leading up to writing this post, I took to my social media pages to hear what my fans think about cauliflower. The verdict is in: they LOVE it! They love it steamed, roasted, raw, with cheese, in salad, with dip, and… mashed! Three cheers for cauliflower.
When I put these on the dining room table, my five-year-old daughter declared, “Yay! Mashed potatoes!” then took a bite and said suspiciously, “Hey, there’s broccoli in here!” I had to laugh out loud… and of course, then I told her she was very close and that it was actually cauliflower. So, while the mock mashed potato trick didn’t fool anybody at our house, we enjoyed these regardless – fluffy and flavorful, and nutritious too. If you’re trying to cut back on carbs, this is a great alternative.
And since there are so many cauliflower lovers out there, here are a few more fantastic cauliflower options:
Roasted Cauliflower with Cumin, Cilantro, & Lime – Alaska from Scratch
Roasted Cauliflower with Golden Raisins, Pine Nuts & Orange – A Farmgirl’s Dabbles
Cauliflower Couscous - A Thought for Food
Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder - Iowa Girl Eats
Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
Adapted from [Food Network|http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/george-stella/mock-garlic-mashed-potatoes-recipe/index.html]
Yields: About 4 side-dish sized servings
- 1 head of cauliflower, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1T cream cheese
- 2T parmesan, freshly grated
- 1 small clove garlic, minced
- 1/2t salt
- pepper to taste
- chives, finely sliced
- butter, for serving
Set a large pot of salted water on the stove and bring to a rolling boil. Meanwhile, clean and cut your cauliflower. Boil the cauliflower 6-7 minutes until tender all the way through. Drain thoroughly and pat dry with paper towels.
To a food processor, add the cauliflower, cream cheese, parmesan, garlic, salt, and pepper. Pulse until the mixture resembles mashed potatoes. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed. Transfer to a serving dish. garnish with chives and butter.