Word on the street is that cauliflower is the "it" vegetable of 2014. I don't know who makes these decisions, but this is one I can fully support. Cauliflower is, after all, an affordable vegetable with flavors ranging from neutral to sweet to cabbage-y, depending on how it's prepared. Kids these days are putting it in gluten-free pizza crusts, pulsing it into "rice," and using it as the base for a healthy Alfredo sauce, among other dishes.
An approachable way to branch out of the crudités zone with this versatile vegetable is with mashed cauliflower. More than a substitute for mashed potatoes, it's less starchy and a little sweeter, with a flavor profile all its own. Most recipes for this side dish call for cream cheese, but this version gets a briny pop from feta and a subtle onion flavor from the chive garnish.
The recipe is written for a rustic mash, but because cauliflower is less starchy than potato you could opt for a more sophisticated puree without the texture becoming gummy.
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