I’m going to be honest with you. Because this is a place of honesty. We’ve created a place of honesty together, here. Well, not together. I’ve done all the work. You’ve just read, chuckled at my abundant hilarity and maybe made a few awesome dishes. Lazy.
I take it back. You’re not lazy. You are exactly who the higher power that you serve wants you to be.
Back to my honesty. I was real skeptical about doing anything somewhat creative with cauliflower. It’s not that I don’t like cauliflower, it’s just that…who really LOVES cauliflower? I mean, come on. If you can find me 5 people that would list Cauliflower as their number one favorite veg, I will give you all of the money in my pocket.
Trick challenge. I don’t carry cash. BOOM. Either way, you lose.
Well, being the crafty, selfish person that I am, I made this recipe in a way that I knew I would like. So, if you’re picky and one of the (literally) other millions of people who don’t LOVE cauliflower, try this recipe. You’ll like it and then you’ll want to kiss me.
But don’t. Because I don’t want your nasty germs.
Italian Mashed Cauliflower
1 Large Head of Cauliflower
Salt & Olive Oil
1 Cup Shredded Italian Cheese
½ Stick of Butter
2-3 Garlic Cloves, Roasted and Smashed
Fresh Rosemary, minced
Parsley, to taste
I don’t know how healthy my version is and I don’t care. I’m subbing cauliflower for potatoes and I feel that is above and beyond.
Slice the “florets” off of the cauliflower and try to keep them in “bite-size” pieces. In a large pot, add cold water with salt and a little splash of olive oil. If you start it with hot water, it will boil faster but the cauliflower will not cook as evenly. It is the same with potatoes. You’re welcome.
Bring the pot to a boil and let it go for about 20 minutes. You need the cauliflower to get kind of soft, so watch it often.
Drain the pot of as much water as you can and add all of your tasty ingredients. At this point, I usually reuse the pot I used to boil them and cover it so the butter can met. That’s just me and my resourceful intelligence.
Using a hand mixer, mix that mess right on up! It’s so delicious and you might feel just a teensy bit better than eating your weight in mashed potatoes. But that’s just me. I don’t know your life.