Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic ~ A Low Carb, Delicious Side Dish!


I'll preface this post by saying, there's NO real substitute for homemade mashed potatoes, but this recipe I found online for Mashed Cauliflower is one worth sharing!

Using it more as a guide than sticking to its exact measurements, the recipe includes all the necessary ingredients to make the high fiber, vitamin packed, white vegetable... a creamy, indulgent treat! I was hesitant about the raw garlic, but when finely chopped and added while hot, it infuses the cauliflower with just the right amount of flavor. The cream cheese ensures a smooth texture while the butter and Parmesan perfectly round out the dish!

Served piping hot and sprinkled with chives, this Mashed Cauliflower makes the perfect side dish when you're looking to keep things low carb...and delicious!

"Mock" Garlic Mashed Potatoes ~ Mashed Cauliflower
Recipe courtesy George Stella, stellastyle.com

1 medium head cauliflower
1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon straight chicken base or bullion (may substitute 1/2 teaspoon salt)
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh or dry chives, for garnish
3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions
Set a stockpot of water to boil over high heat.

Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done. Drain well; do not let cool and pat cooked cauliflower very dry between several layers of paper towels.

In a bowl with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower with the cream cheese, Parmesan, garlic, chicken base, and pepper until almost smooth.

Garnish with chives, and serve hot with pats of butter.

Hint: Try roasting the garlic and adding a little fresh rosemary for a whole new taste.


46 comments:

Katerina said...

I remember the days of my childhood when I couldn't bear cauliflower. As I grew up I started appreciating it. Now I love it. This is a great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Cindy Ellison said...

You have such great recipe ideas, I can't wait to try this one. Perfect for the dieting that we are currently doing. Great photo, too! Thank you ♥

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

this looks really good. I've never tried mashed cauliflower, but with garlic and herbs and cheese, really how can it be bad? And its healthy? Sign me up!

Chow and Chatter said...

i so need to try this keep seeing it lol

cocinadiary said...

You know how people say not to take things for granted? Just when I was finally loving cauliflowers, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and cauliflower is one of those no-no foods because ti interacts with my med. Still your dish is so stunning. I would love some right now! :) Angie

cocinadiary said...

By the way, I have a new foodie blog group called Sundays at One Food Club and would love it if you could join us. I think the group would love your recipes. The link, if you are interested is http://cocinadiary.blogspot.com/2010/09/sundays-at-one-where-my-love-for-food.html

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

You have outdone yourself with these photos. Utterly gorgeous! They even make me believe this would be every bit as good as mashed potatoes! Thanks for sharing.

Jennifurla said...

Great idea, thanks for sharing!

Syd said...

I won't BS you. Mashed cauliflower sounds disgusting. But, I totally trust your buds, and the pics look amazing. Can't wait to try it.

Mary said...

I've never made this and I have no excuse not to. It looks wonderful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

George Stella said...

Glad you liked my recipe! And it looks like you made it
Purrr-fect!!! Great Blog!
Chef George Stella
StellaStyle.com

Design Wine and Dine said...

Thanks George for the recipe! It was awesome! I think everyone needs to give this a try! Can't wait to visit your site!

Lyrics of Love and Lore said...

I am dieting, and trying to get away from potatoes! I tried cooking up some cauliflower and mashing it. Very runny. Your recipe looks TERRIFIC! Thank you.

Clint

Design Wine and Dine said...

Thanks Clint! In George's recipe he mentions how it's important to get the cauliflower dry after cooking and I'll second that!

Also I am sure very fresh cauliflower makes for an even better dish!

Karen said...

Interesting recipe! This might be the dish I need to sneak some cauliflower into the house!!

Anonymous said...

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Thanks for the great information and keep up the great recipes and fun stories.

Janise

Design Wine and Dine said...

Janise, Thank you so much for your comment. It's funny because I have been SO behind on the FB thing it's embarrassing! I will definitely try to be more active there and work on figuring out a way to make the FB page and the blog work together in a more cohesive manner.

I truly appreciate your feedback!

laurie said...

What a nice alternative for mashed potatoes!

Catherine said...

This looks delicious!
I love cauliflower! I will have to make this soon!
You have a very nice blog here, I am so happy I found it!
Cheers~

Pegasuslegend said...

fabulous photo's would love to be dining with you just amazing dish here thanks so much for your visit~

Erin said...

I made these tonight and they weren't as smooth as your but still yummy! I will definitely try these again.

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