This dish was a staple in my diet in the good old days where I ate mostly low carb. Then came the pregnancy diet which allowed me to eat mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes to my heart’s content! So, what used to be a fairly common side dish then became a rare treat for a while, and then came baby Sara, we introduced her to solids, like most parents, we first gave her mild tasting fruits and vegetables only to find out a few months later that she actually loves spices, herbs, onion and garlic and she especially loves this garlicky mashed cauliflower. It might sound odd but mashed cauliflower is a great alternative to mashed potatoes and makes a wonderful side dish to any grilled meat or poultry.
- 1 large cauliflower
- 3 cloves garlic
- 8-10 basil leaves
- 4 oz. soft goat cheese
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Wash and trim the cauliflower, cut into florets. In a large pot, add water and basil leaves, place the florets and garlic cloves on the steamer and steam until the cauliflower is very tender. Transfer the cauliflower into a colander and let the excess liquid drain.
In the bowl of a food processor, puree the cauliflower and garlic until smooth, add the goat cheese and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.