Savory Mashed Cauliflower

You know how every now and then (not very often around here) you need something lighter than what you’ve been eating? Especially when it comes to carbohydrates! Carbs make up a big part of our meals and after a while we feel it. You know, that sluggish “ugh, I’m not getting out of bed this week” feeling. I’m feeling that way this week so I’m trying to lighten up our meals for at least a few nights. Tonight I did this by replacing our traditional mashed taters with some savory mashed cauliflower.

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It took me a long – and I do mean long – time to work up the courage to bring cauliflower into my home. I was tortured with them as a little girl; that happens when you have 3 brothers (at least that’s what my therapist told me!) Anyway – they used to chase me around the house with these telling me they were brains and that when I ate them I would turn into whoever “wore” the brains last. I had such horrible nightmares and went to bed hungry any time they were on the table.

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Tonight I broke down and made the savory mashed cauliflower and I’m so glad I did! This whips up so fast it’s crazy and is truly a savory side dish. If you need to lighten up your meals this is a great choice and very easy to make. Using a mixer would make these more creamy but I like my taters with some texture, so that’s how I made this mashed cauliflower.

Savory Mashed Cauliflower
Author: Amber
Ingredients
  • 1 medium – large head of cauliflower, cleaned, cored and chopped
  • 4 tablespoons of butter (or margarine if you want to go vegan), room temperature
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced – plus 1 peeled clove
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Steam your cauliflower and 1 clove of garlic in the vegetable stock until it’s tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. While the cauliflower is steaming, melt the butter in a small sauce pan with the herbs (medium-low heat.)
  3. Strain the excess liquid from the cauliflower and transfer it to a large bowl. Discard the garlic clove.
  4. Pour the melted butter over the cauliflower and smash with a masher or mixer. Season with salt and pepper to suit your taste.

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Savannah - March 23, 2013

Oh this looks good too! I would love to do a recipe exchange with you. If you are interested send me an email.

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Emily - March 25, 2013

Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve been wanting to make a mashed cauliflower side, but all of the recipes seemed to be so high in calories with tons of sour cream & such.

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Stacey @ Newlywed Survival - April 3, 2013

Thank you for this recipe! I just saw something like this featured on a daytime talk show and wondered how you would make it!

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Emily - April 4, 2013

I had to come back and tell you that I made this the other night – it was delicious! I popped the garlic in the steamer basket w/the cauliflower & mashed it up. Excellent.

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Brooke - April 7, 2013

Oooo, this sounds good, I love all the herbs used. This is something I’ve never thought of before, will have to give it a try.

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