Mock potato mash with cauliflower and feta

Jun 28, 2014 at 9:12 p.m. ET

Stay on trend by adding mashed cauliflower to your kitchen repertoire.

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.

Cauliflower and feta mash l SheKnows

Cauliflower and feta mash

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.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces feta cheese
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • Chopped chives, to garnish

Directions:

  1. Fill the bottom of a pot fitted with a steamer basket with an inch of water. Place over high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, core the cauliflower and cut into bite-size florets. Reduce the heat to medium, add the cauliflower, cover and steam until very tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Move the cooked cauliflower to a large bowl. Add the butter and feta cheese and mash to desired consistency. Alternately, place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve warm with fresh chives.

Cauliflower and feta mash l SheKnows

More cauliflower recipes

Gluten-free cauliflower pizza crust
Creamy cauliflower Alfredo sauce
Spicy Sriracha baked cauliflower with cool yogurt dipping sauce

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