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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Mashed Cauliflower

This is a post from last year I am recycling for AlphabeThursday - because seriously,

C is for Cauliflower!!



I have been wanting to try mashed cauliflower for a long time. Today was the day. I had a small head of cauliflower that I needed to use. At first I was going to make the cauliflower pizza crust I found at this lovely site, but didn't have enough cauliflower. So I went to here and tried the mashed cauliflower recipe.



You all know I couldn't make it exactly the same - 1st because I didn't have everything and 2nd because of Joe.

Here is my adaptation:




Mashed Cauliflower

Chop up one head of cauliflower, cook on stove until very very soft. Drain.
Mash with a food processor or hand mixer till smooth. If you use a hand mixer it will be lumpy.

Add 2TBS of heavy cream (I used coconut milk)
Add 2 TBS butter (I used ghee - my milk allergy son is able to eat this)
I added a pinch of organic low sodium vegetable broth powder.

Then to make up for the low sodium I sprinkled some onion salt in.
When I make this again I will saute a little onion and chopped garlic and add it when I mash.

Mix mix and mix some more.

Then I "buttered" 2 small corningware bowls with coconut oil, then put half in one and half in the other.
To one I added a couple dots of real butter.
Cook at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. The original suggested a little paprika on the top to make it look pretty.

This made a perfect amount to feed 5 or 6 people one small serving as a side dish. I will make 2 heads next time to feel my large family. I think this would be good with a little cheese also.

As I was making this my kids where circling me - "what are you doing?"
"Can't we just eat the cauliflower plain before you add stuff to it?"
" You aren't going to ruin it with weird spices are you?"

Then when I got it out of the oven they stood at the stove and ate it like a snack - which I wasn't going to discourage. This is what I heard
" This is delicious"
" you should make this for Thanksgiving to take with us"
"Write this one down so you don't forget"

So I would say this is a winner! It uses cauliflower and onions and garlic- Super Foods. And Butter, ghee, and coconut oil - all good fats! The bonus was the coconut milk.
It is frugal (ghee is a little pricey but you probably wouldn't need to use it).
It is crunchy also - I used all organic products purchased from my co-op, the cauliflower was local!

I submitted this to October Fest Carnival of Super Foods at Kitchen Stewardship, there are lots of great recipes using Super Foods!
I also submitted it to Fight Back Fridays also - another great place to find wonderful recipes using Real Food!
and Friday Foods at Momtrends.
I am linking this to Mrs. Jenny's AlphabeThursdays - lots of great links all about the letter C!

15 comments:

  1. Great job adapting the recipe! Using a hand blender would make it even quicker - right in the pan. This is a super idea for diabetics, too.

    Thank you for joining the October Fest Carnival of Super Foods! Next week’s theme is Un-Processed Foods, or things you could buy in the store but choose to make at home. Hope to see you back!
    Katie

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  2. Thanks for the link back and the kind words about my blog. I make cauli-mash all the time! My crazy kids ask for it when I make meatloaf LOL.

    Sometimes I sub in half turnips w/the cauliflower to give it a bit of texture.

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  3. We love cauliflower thanks for this new idea. I found you via Kitchen stewardship. I hope you can link this up to my Momtrends recipe swap so I can remember where to find this recipe.

    http://momtrends.blogspot.com/2009/10/friday-food-roasted-parsnips.html

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  4. I've always wanted to make this but just never have. I would love it. Thanks!!!!

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  5. I used to make this all of the time. Thanks for the reminder. I will try to incorporate it into my menu soon as we always liked it. I wanted to thank you for posting to Crock Pot Wednesday and to let you know that Mister Linky is up for this week's event. There's a giveaway going on:)

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  6. I need to try this with my family.

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  7. This recipes sounds delicious! We'll definitely be trying it!

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  8. I've been wanting to try it also, thanks for the recipe...

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  9. My sister made a shepard's pie using mashed cauliflower and it was delicious too!~Ames

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  10. I love cauliflower. I can never get mashed to the consistency I think it should be so I always end up adding a potato to thicken it up a little.

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  11. sounds yummy, i will have to give your recipe a try! nice thursday post!...blessings.....s....

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  12. I've never even heard of mashed cauliflower. But it sounds delicous! I might just have to try this out. Of course, I'd have to smother some cheese sauce all over mine.

    Stopping in from Alphabe-Thursday

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  13. wow, I would to see the cauiflower pizza crust...love this receipe too..thank you...bkm

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  14. I was so excited to see your link was about cauliflower. I love it. I have a bunch growing in the garden and I will definitely try this.

    I admire your ingenuity in adapting recipes...and hearing the kids loved it was definitely an endorsement. Some raw milk cheese would be wonderful on it, wouldn't it?

    Thanks for linking. I am always excited to see what you come up with.

    A+

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  15. I was so excited to see your link was about cauliflower. I love it. I have a bunch growing in the garden and I will definitely try this.

    I admire your ingenuity in adapting recipes...and hearing the kids loved it was definitely an endorsement. Some raw milk cheese would be wonderful on it, wouldn't it?

    Thanks for linking. I am always excited to see what you come up with.

    A+

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