creamy cauliflower mash
Great news! With the elimination diet that I am on, as another month has passed, I have decided to try and introduce a vegetable into my diet. I tried to stay away from nightshade vegetables which are controversial due to their inflammation producing properties. Of course the one that I choose from the get-go was cauliflower! This veggie has really made a name for itself due to its mild flavor and texture that you can really transform it into anything. Now I know what hardcore carnivores would say - no vegetable is permitted! However, my whole aim in adopting that sort of lifestyle is to discover what foods are aggravating my RA and what foods are not. The only way to do that is to slowly introduce some back in and gauge my body's response to it.
We had a friend over for dinner recently who has been eating Keto for awhile now. As I was planning dinner, I wanted to provide something that he could enjoy and not have to compromise on his diet. As such, I made this cauliflower mash to pair with my red wine braised short ribs recipe. You can find that recipe HERE. It was such a hit and the cauliflower mash looked so good that I had to have some. Luckily, I didn't not have any sort of reaction to eating them the next day or so! Hallelujah!
After that, of course I made them again and again! I know that there are tons of recipes for this online but I make mine in the microwave and I really love the texture and flavor of these. You can then take this recipe and add so much to it - cheeses, herbs, butter, etc... The reason that I love my recipe is that the base is made with just THREE ingredients and is super duper creamy and dreamy. Also, it's delicious all on it's own! It really comes together super fast and makes a good amount so that you can have leftovers to pair with all sorts of foods.
Yesterday, I had these with my pork rind crusted air fried chicken - YUM! You can find that recipe HERE. The only difference with my chicken this time was that I used bone in, skin on chicken thighs. I also made it even simpler by using these amazing cajun pork rinds "panko" that I got online and love. I usually get them in original and use them for EVERYTHING! If you haven't discovered these yet, you can find them HERE. So simple and comes together just as fast as the cauliflower mash! This meal was pretty much done within 30 minutes and was amazing!
I mean, how delicious does that look!!? Even while super creamy, it completely holds it's texture so that it looks and feels like your traditional mashed potatoes. It's not grainy as many cauliflower mashes are and you could easily flavor this in anyway that you want. Mine was super simple with just garlic (the 2nd ingredient in this recipe!) but you can easily add in so many different flavors/cheeses during the blending stage. I bet a bit of goat cheese would be amazinggggg.
I like using fresh cauliflower for this. After all, with just 3 ingredients, why wouldn't you? I like to use lots of garlic and to get the most flavor out of it as I can, I use the handle of my knife and basically beat it to a pulp! But basically you just want to smash it up to release all the flavor and throw it in the bowl. I cook it in the microwave with the cauliflower so that it mellows that raw taste when it all blends together. You add a bit of liquid in the form of heavy cream and then let steam do the rest of the work! Couldn't get easier than that!
As much as I LOVE my Vitamix, I have done this recipe using my Nutribullet and it has worked just as well. You don't need a high power blender for this as the cauliflower is super tender by the time you are ready to blend. The trick is not adding too much liquid when blending so that it keeps its shape. I actually don't add any additional liquid except what's been absorbed into the cauliflower as it's cooking. What you are left with is this beautiful mash:
Creamy Cauliflower Mash
INGREDIENTS: 1 large head of cauliflower
2 to 3 large garlic cloves, smashed
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
salt, to taste
pat of butter, garnish (optional)
fresh thyme, garnish (optional)
freshly ground pepper, garnish (optional)
Cut the cauliflower into small even pieces. Transfer into a large microwavable bowl.
Add the heavy cream, smashed garlic and salt to the bowl. Mix together well.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
Microwave for 8 minutes. Carefully remove wrap on bowl when done (be careful of the steam escaping!) and give the mixture another good mix. Recover and microwave again for 6 minutes. Let sit in the microwave when done for a few minutes.
Once ready, use a slotted spoon and scoop the cauliflower into a blender...leave any excess liquid behind.
Blend on high speed until all the cauliflower is blended super smooth. Taste for seasoning and add salt if needed and blend again.
Transfer to a bowl and top with a pat of butter and some fresh thyme or anyway that you want. Serve warm and enjoy!!
Here it is with the red wine braised beef short ribs and my favorite salad!
The salad recipe can be found HERE. Can I just say again how much I love food??? I have the fireplace on and Christmas carols playing around the house and I think I may need to bake soon...stay tuned!!
Happy Holidays ya'll. Happy low carb'ing!