I'm pretty prejudiced against cauliflower. Mr. UpCountry buys bags of frozen vegetables that are broccoli and cauliflower both. Ummm... alright. I'll have a go at it.
But it doesn't go as well as I'd hoped. I love the little green broccolis, but could care less about the little white cauliflowers.
I did hear, however, that mashed cauliflower is nothing to joke about.
That you could even get them to taste like mashed potatoes. Which, of course, is awesome, because mashed potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes.
I did a little mid-afternoon experimenting with this questionable vegetable.
I have to admit, I'm proud of myself. First of all, I realized (upon pulling the plastic wrap off my unfortunately-not-organic head of cauliflower) that I had never actually prepared this vegetable before. I've never cut up a head of cauliflower. Ever?! Ever. Twenty-seven years old and I'm looking at it like it's new.
Probably because my mom didn't prepare it much in our house while I was growing up. Maybe never (I can't actually remember a time). And, upon chopping cauliflower for the first time, I know why.
Freaking Cauliflower Everywhere.
How?! How did I make this much of a mess chopping cauliflower? I don't know. But it's happened.
The little crumbly bits of the cauliflower head reminds me of feta cheese. But, upon eating it, I realized it tastes nothing like feta cheese. It tastes like cauliflower.
After chopping, I boiled it for six minutes, added it to a food processor and threw in a bunch of random, yummy ingredients (one of them might surprise you!).
When it was all said and done (and blended, too - of course), I took a bite and fell in love with myself a little bit. Because I made arbitrary cauliflower taste very similar to starchy, creamy mashed potatoes. Yay me and whoever makes these and whoever thought it up for the first time.
It's a good way to get a lower-calorie vegetable into my diet. Consider the chip on my shoulder removed, cauliflower, because you're not so bad after all.
1 head of (preferrably organic) cauliflower
1/4 cup of milk
2 tablespoons cream cheese
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons French Onion dip
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Chop head of cauliflower into medium-sized chunks. Add to a pot of boiling water and boil hard for six minutes.
2. Remove and drain. Add cauliflower along with all other ingredients to a food processor (except for salt and pepper - wait for the end with these). Pulse your processor to get it all started, then blend until it has the consistency of mashed potatoes.
3. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve warm with butter, sour cream, or beef gravy.
Let me know if you try it!
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