Are you a cauliflower lover or hater? I love cauliflower dipped in Ranch Dressing, or steamed with a hint of salt and pepper. This recipe for Mashed Roasted Cauliflower, may win over all of you haters. Of course, you won’t know unless you try it. I know with some people it isn’t the flavor of cauliflower that they don’t like, but the texture. In today’s recipe the cauliflower is processed in a blender/food processor, so it changes the texture.
Mashed Roasted Cauliflower
1 medium size Cauliflower head
1 clove of Garlic, minced (or substitute jarred minced garlic)
Salt and Pepper to taste
2-3 tablespoons Olive Oil
warm Water or Milk to blend
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Break your cauliflower head into small chunks and rinse with cool water. Pat dry on paper towel.
3. In a large freezer bag combine the garlic and olive oil. Add the cauliflower pieces into the bag and shake to coat evenly and pour out onto a cookie sheet (I always line mine with foil for easy clean up). Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 25-30 minutes until cauliflower is a nice golden brown color. You should be able to poke it with a fork easily.
4. After removing the cauliflower from the oven and letting it cool a few minutes place it in a blender or food processor. Slowly add the warm water (or milk) to the mixture while you are blending. It is up to you on how much liquid you would like to add. I added about ½ cup to mine.
Makes approximately 4 servings. Store in an airtight container in the fridge up to 1 week.
Couple of things to note: I am a huge garlic lover, so I actually added 1 to 2 heaping tablespoons of minced garlic from a jar. I also never measure salt and pepper. I just shake the jar over the food until I think it is the right amount. This amount will be different for everyone. Start with a little, and then let people add more if they need to once the food is on their plate. Do you have a favorite way to eat cauliflower? Share it with me in the comments and I might give it a try!
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