Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cauliflower Mash

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!

Cauliflower Mash
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.


  1. I've made these before when I was on the south beach diet. I steamed the broccoli in my vegetable steamer and then food process them. After you can a bit of butter and fat free half and half until it's the consistency you'd like. They are quite good.

  2. im definitely going to have to try this one!!!!