Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Once again we often find ourselves craving the midwestern “comfort foods” we both grew up with!  Mashed potatoes are a big one!  So creamy and tasty but then my guilt sets in.  Luckily for me, J.O likes to try new things and even ended up being a fan of this substitute (one I wasn’t even sure about at first!)

If you haven’t ever tried mashed cauliflower, you are missing out.  This stuff is unexpectedly good!  It gives you the satisfaction and flavor of mashed potatoes, but without all the carbs and heavy creams. You can even add in cheese to make a cheesy version!  I found my inspirational recipe on allrecipes.com and then modified it to our tastes.  I added in a little cream cheese (come on, it can’t be 100% guilt free!) and some parmesan cheese in place of their white cheddar.  I think it’s a great fit as a side our turkey meatloaf!

You’ll need:

  • 1 head of Cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 4 cloves of Garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tbl Olive Oil
  • 1 tlb Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 1 tbl Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese 

Preheat your oven to 350

After cutting your cauliflower, steam it.  I steam ours simply in the microwave (you have to pick and choose which kitchen appliances you own when living in an RV!).  I put it in a microwave safe bowl (glass) with 1/3 cup of water, seal with plastic wrap and cook for 4-5 min.

Chop your cauliflower into flowerets

Chop your cauliflower into flowerets

 

In a small pan, heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic until you can smell it.  2-3 min.

If you have a food processor, process 1/2 the cauliflower until smooth then add in garlic and the rest of the cauliflower.  If you are like me and only have a blender, use that.  I tried using a hand masher and it doesn’t combine the ingredients enough, leaving the cauliflower gritty.

Add in the remaining ingredients and mix.

Transfer to an oven safe dish and bake for 15 min, or until heated through.

Here we have ours served with Turkey Meatloaf.

Mashed Cauliflower with Turkey Meatloaf

Mashed Cauliflower with Turkey Meatloaf

 

 


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