I grew up eating mashed potatoes with most meals. Meat, potatoes and some kind of vegetable was my typical dinner. This might be the reason why I'm addicted to mashed potatoes. I don't need any kind of seasoning or gravy, I like them plain just how they are; anything additional is just a plus. Unfortunately it's come to my attention that eating potatoes, especially mashed potatoes, with your meal isn't the best for you. I've been searching for alternatives and I stumbled upon mashed cauliflower. I thought I would give it a shot. Due to my vass knowledge of how mashed potatoes should taste, I deemed myself the perfect judge on if these were a good substitute or not.
I broke pieces off of the big head of cauliflower. Rinsed, cored and chopped them up into smaller pieces.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When boiling, add cauliflower and boil until fork tender. This will take around 10-14 minutes. Then drain, reserving around 3 tablespoons of water.
Add the mustard and butter. The recipe doesn't call for cheese, but I added around a 1/4 of a cup of Parmesan cheese, for some extra flavor.
Using an electric mixer beat until creamed. Season with lots of cracked pepper and salt to your liking.
As I talked about yesterday, I served this with slow roasted halibut and asparagus. I was pretty impressed with how the cauliflower tasted, it was a little runny, but I think that might be because I didn't drain as much water off as needed. Overall, I think a great substitute for mashed potatoes, they're lighter and honestly I didn't feel bad about eating everything I had put on my plate :) I will be trying again to see if I can make them more of a thick consistency, if anyone has any tricks or tips let me know!
1 large head cauliflower, rinsed, cored and chopped
1 tablespoon grain mustard
1 tablespoon butter
lots of freshly ground pepper
salt to taste
grated cheese *optional
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
When boiling, add cauliflower and boil until fork tender, around 10-14 minutes.
Drain, reserving around 3 tablespoons of water.
Add mustard, butter and cheese.
Using an electric mixer, beat until creamed.
Season with lots of cracked black pepper and salt to taste.