I love mashed potatoes…..love, love, love them. When I saw a recipe for mashed cauliflower I was skeptical. However, it is absolutely a great alternative, with a very similar consistency and mild flavor. I can almost guarantee that if your kids will eat mashed potatoes, they will eat mashed cauliflower…..and get a greater variety of nutrients in the process.
1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
1 cup chicken broth or water
salt and pepper to taste
Place cauliflower and broth/water in large pot on stove over med-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium, cover and cook 20 minutes, until cauliflower is very tender. Leave a bit of liquid in the pot and mash to your desired consistency, puree in a food processor, or blend with an immersion blender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
It may not seem like there is enough liquid in the pot to start, but cauliflower gives off a lot of water as it cooks. Always better to add liquid if you need it…..difficult to remove it later if you start off with too much. Check it at about 10 minutes to see if you need to add more liquid.
You could add some minced garlic when cooking the cauliflower, and/or add some cream and butter when mashing them. Basically anything you can do with mashed potatoes, you can do with mashed cauliflower.