I’ve made cauliflower “mashed potatoes” quite a few times but this recipe is by far my favorite, so I’m excited to share it. In the past, my consistency was too runny, that it turns out looking like a cauliflower soup. It still tastes delicious; however, you don’t get the same satisfaction as if you were eating mashed potatoes. These actually have the same consistency as mashed potatoes and are just as tasty, if not tastier!
What is everyone’s New Year’s plans? My husband and I decided we wanted to lay low this New Year and avoid the craziness of the town and celebrate. We’d like to celebrate in the quietness of our own home this year. Yes, we are like an old married couple at age 29. I’ve rang in the New Year differently every year some of them which have included, hitting pots and pans with family out in the front yard, making a train around a dive bar with old people staring at us like we were crazy, snoozing at midnight because my 1 bottle of wine caught up to me too early in the night, attended a big hotel party in Sydney, Australia with my best friend, yawning as I’m counting down the 10 seconds to midnight while hanging on out on my couch, and lastly my all time favorite which I get to experience every year (except for the year with that bottle of wine of course)… kissing my hubby at midnight. So, I’ve had my fair share of adventure for New Years. I am actually really looking forward to this one. We are going to cook homemade pizza and ice cream with my new pizza oven and ice cream maker, and then snuggle on the couch and watch my favorite movie, New Year’s Eve. I highly recommend watching this movie if you haven’t seen it. And if you have, watch is again, and again! It’s a tradition for me to watch it every time around this year, this year being the 5th year it’s been out.
Happy New Year! Cheers!
Garlic Cauliflower Mash Side Dish (Serves 4)
what you need:
- 1 head cauliflower florets (about 4 cups florets)
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 1/4 cup milk (I used 2%)
what you do:
- Steam cauliflower florets for 20 minutes. (I used a steamer pot over the stove)
- Remove pot from heat, keep lid on and set aside.
- In a small sauce pan over medium – low heat add minced garlic and olive oil. Once the garlic becomes fragrant, add the butter, salt, pepper, basil, parsley, and thyme. Whisk ingredients together until butter is melted.
- Add milk to the saucepan and stir for 3 – 5 minutes. Turn off heat, set aside.
- Add cauliflower florets and the wet ingredients from the saucepan into a food processor or blender.
- Pulse and blend until it is all well blended. It should be thick and still a little clumpy.
- Remove from food processor using a baking spatula in your serving dish of choice.