I am so in love with this dish, my Super Easy Garlic & Herb Cauli Mash! I know, I know, the versatility of the cauliflower has been trending for a while now, and believe me, I have purchased several heads of cauliflower for over a year now and have never attempted the simplest of recipes for it, namely this mash. I would buy it with great intentions and hope for a carb-free crust for our family's Friday Pizza Nights. Even got an idea to blend it smooth for a nice and creamy chowder. Unfortunately, it would just end up sitting in my crisper, sometimes half eaten if I chose to roast it alongside some fresh broccoli florets. However, just a few months ago while on vacay I did experience a phenomenally health-wise dish that I have since tweaked and renamed (recipe post coming soon!). But mashed potatoes? Like, I have experienced the worst and inadvertently, the absolute BEST mashed potatoes. Boxed and from scratch. Soupy and some so thick you needed a knife AND fork! Needless to say, I’m serious about my mashed potatoes! So how can I consciously attempt to fool my family, let alone myself, with such a switch? And I believe that was the issue- it's a texture thing. Part of the greatness of what makes my Grandma JJ's homemade mashed potatoes the very BEST was the divine texture. Not too smooth, not too thick, intermittent lumps that would melt in your mouth. See! How can this cruciferous vegetable even come close? Other than the no/low carb factor and the benefit of it being all vegetable, taste wise.... I was skeptical.
But low and behold, I DID IT! I created my very first cauliflower mash! I prepared this dish just as I would my standard from scratch mashed potatoes and the result was delicious! The look was not so much that of the mashed potatoes. While others that sampled this mash were floored that it tasted 'just like mashed potatoes', I personally fell prey to the texture difference. The flavor indeed is an amazing resemblance, but the texture, other than being a bit thick and creamy, was not. It was missing the starchy ‘grainy’ texture that cooked potatoes possess- but not a deal breaker by far! This is a definite go-to in the Price household going forward! As a matter of fact, I'm posting this recipe at the request of one of my tasters, lol!
What's more is that this delicious recipe has the comforting flavor of homemade mashed potatoes, without the guilt! Only 33 calories and 3 carbs per serving! Compare that to the 129 calories and 25 grams of carb in real mashed potatoes per serving!
Are you a fan of cauliflower or nah?
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