Steak, green beans, and potatoes…err, make that mashed cauliflower! The all-American meal has been revamped with a healthy, tasteful update. Now, I know I’m not nearly the first person to make mashed cauliflower; it’s been quite the craze ever since Atkins and South Beach Dieters started eating it as a substitute for mashed potatoes. But, I’m not really a mashed potato kinda gal – I can easily live without them. So, it just never occurred to me to try the whole mashed cauliflower thing. Besides, up until a few months ago, I wasn’t even sure I really liked cauliflower. Something must have changed, though, because lately it’s been my favorite vegetable to munch on, and I get excited when anyone has thought to include it on their crudite platter. So, I decided to give cooked cauliflower a go. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but my husband and I were more than pleasantly suprised by the results. This new side dish might be a new favorite, it was that fantastic! If you think you don’t like cauliflower, I’d suggest trying it anyway – I’m sure you’ll agree that most anything can be made better with cheese. That’s not to say that cauliflower isn’t good in it’s own right; the nutty, fresh flavor realyl comes through. The only thing I ask is that you don’t close your eyes and pretend you are eating potatoes, because then you might be disappointed. Just enjoy it for it’s own flavor and quality, and hopefully you’ll diversify your palate as well We enjoyed our cheesey mashed cauliflower with grilled flank steak marinated in red wine vinegar, garlic, and onions; and balsamic roasted green beans.
Cheesey Mashed Cauliflower
1 head of fresh cauliflower, washed and chopped
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
2 tbsp grated parmesan or pecorino romano cheese
2 oz goat cheese or cream cheese (I used light goat cheese)
1-2tbsp skim milk
salt and pepper to taste
Place cauliflower and garlic in a pot and add just enough water to almost cover it. Place lid on, bring to a boil, and cook for about 20 minutes or until tender. Drain cauliflower and garlic, and press gently with a towel to remove excess water. Place in food processor with cheeses, salt, and pepper, and puree until smooth, adding milk to reach desired consistency.