Monday, March 2, 2009

Garlic and Herb Cauliflower Mash

This is a great “light” side dish alternative to mashed potatoes and another way to incorporate vegetables into meals. I love incorporating fresh herbs, whatever I have on hand. Have your mash without the guilt!

1 head cauliflower
4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
½ cup water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
⅓ cup half-and-half
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped

Cut florets from the head of cauliflower and place into a large saucepan with the garlic and water. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Cook until fork tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and use a slotted spoon to put cauliflower and garlic into the bowl of a food processor. Add butter, salt, and pepper. Pulse to break down the cauliflower. Add half-and-half, and continue to process until smooth. Stir in herbs and season to taste. Serve warm.

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