Remember the comfort blanket mashed potato? Well recently I’ve fallen in love with a fantastic substitute in mashed cauliflower. Yes Cauliflower, that weird white cruciferous veg which on it’s own I have always struggled to enjoy (except when drowned in a cheese sauce that is). This is so simple to do, and with a few canny flavour infusions you can create a delicious comforting side dish for any meal.
Here’s how: Steam the cauliflower florets until tender, and drain well – The cauliflower can retain a lot of water and you don’t wan’t soggy mash. Then if you want a more purée-like mash use a hand blender to create the mash. If you’d rather a more chunkier texture then a food processor will create that, or even use a potato masher. It’s that simple.
The simplest way I like to eat is with fresh garlic, some herbs, black pepper and a drizzle of coconut oil (added at the blending stage). You can also top with shavings of creamed coconut.
Here I had a garlic, coconut oil mash with Gluten free 97% pork sausages, and steamed kale.
Here I added some dessicated coconut and fresh coriander to the mix which goes really well as an accompaniment to a curry (a pork mince, spinach and broccoli curry).
I also reckon a good dollop of fresh basil pesto would be a fantastic culinary combination.
You can also make ‘rice’ substitute with cauliflower and I hope to experiment with a Paella, Risotto and Kedgeree dish in the near future!