Thursday, March 21, 2013

MASHED CAULIFLOWER


People! I am excited to share with you that I cooked cauliflower for the first time. And.... it was DELICIOUS!

I had a head of the weird white stuff in the fridge and it needed to be used. So I googled a recipe on my phone and settled on Nom Nom Paleo's handy recipe.

This required me to use my steamer (read: metal thingie I didn't know how to use) for the first time in my adult life.

Basically I added some water to the pot, put the steaming contraption in and let it boil.


Then I cut up the entire head of cauliflower and tossed as much as possible into the steamer and covered it for 10 minutes.

The rest of the cauliflower that didn't fit went into a pan with some mushrooms and half an onion (that were also gonna go bad). It was no coincidence that I had cooked bacon in this pan about 10 minutes earlier and hadn't washed it. The sauteed veggies were cooked in the bacon goodness... no olive oil required and YUMMO flavor!


Back to the cauliflower mash.

Once the steaming was done (10 minutes was pretty spot on), I put it into a bowl and decided that I was going to use electric beaters to mash it. I tried this three times. Each time I sprayed cauliflower bits all over myself. It wasn't working.

So into the mixer it went, with some butter and salt and pepper duh. After a few minutes of mixing, it was creamy and delicious. So easy. Honestly I liked it better than mashed potatoes. Don't kill me for saying that. But I did. Truth.


Mashed Cauliflower

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper


Instructions:

  1. Put an inch or two of water into a pot and put your steamer insert in. Cover the pot and wait for it to boil. 
  2. While waiting, rinse and chop up a head of cauliflower. Medium sized florets are fine. 
  3. When the water is boiling, add the cauliflower to the steamer and sprinkle with salt and pepper. You can always add more later. 
  4. Cover the pot and let it steam for 10 minutes. 
  5. Drain the water and throw the cauliflower into a blender or food processor. Note: electric beaters are not efficient here. Sorry. 
  6. Add two tablespoons of butter and any other spices you want and blend until smooth. 
  7. Put into a bowl or container. It reheats really well. :)




The wedding pictures are coming! I'm sorry... I had to do a bit more editing before work this morning and I am not a morning person. So they'll be published on my lunch break. :)



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