The idea of cauliflower mash is quite a genius one. Let me start by saying that no, this is not exactly the same as mashed potatoes nor is it trying to be. I think if you’re following a low-carb diet, this makes a perfectly good substitution for good old mash but for me, it shouldn’t be treated as a “diet dish for those who can’t enjoy the proper thing”. Cauliflower mash is absolutely delicious and the fact that is in low in carbs and very good for you just happens to be the cherry on top.
With cauliflower mash, you have to be quite careful not to get the cauliflower too wet because once you start mashing, all that moisture will come out and you will be left with a purée suitable for eating only by infants. I steam my broccoli and then allow it to air-dry for around 10 minutes before mashing it with a knob of butter. This results in a ‘firmer’ cauliflower mash, more akin to mashed potatoes. I serve this with roasted chicken, the onions and garlic it’s been roasting with and a good drizzle of the pan juices for a wonderfully indulgent (but guilt-free) comfort meal.
- 1 large head of cauliflower, trimmed into florets, stems roughly chopped
- 1-2 tablespoons butter
- salt & pepper to taste
- Steam the florets and stems until cooked through.
- Allow to dry on a roasting tray/chopping board for 10 minutes before mashing with the butter.
- Season to taste and serve.