Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

Once again I am back on a vegetable kick and am looking for new ways to bring these healthy sides into my home and onto my table. This dish in particular has been very perplexing for me and has taken quite a few rewrites and alterations to bring it up to snuff. Thanks to many tweaks and substitutions I have come up with a cheesy mashed cauliflower recipe that is simply scrumptious.

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower recipe

What you need:
1 small head of cauliflower {chopped up into small pieces}.
4 tbsp cream cheese
1/4 cup milk {I use 2%)
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp minced garlic

How to make it:
Take the chopped up cauliflower and boil it until tender. I usually boil it for 8-10 minutes.
In a mixer combine cream cheese, milk, salt, pepper, garlic and parmesan cheese.
Add in Cauliflower and blend until smooth, it does not have to be perfectly smooth {in fact we prefer it a little lumpy}.
In a small greased pan pour in cauliflower mixture {I use a 9x9 glass baking dish}  Sprinkle Paprika and shredded cheddar on top.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower recipe
I don’t think that I have mentioned before that I do not eat mashed potatoes. I never have. My mother informs me that even as a baby I refused to eat mashed potatoes. As a result of my inability to eat mashed potatoes, I do not make them. I know, I know – my poor husband and children never get to eat mashed potatoes {bad mommy}.

This cheesy mashed cauliflower recipe is a nice alternative to mashed potatoes and is a great way to bring a vegetable to the table. I am always looking for ways to tweak old recipes and bring more veggies to the table. I find this becomes more and more of a challenge with my children, who can get a bit picky. The cheesy creaminess of this dish really made it outstanding and worth making again. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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This recipe is linked up at Delicious Dish Tuesday and Friday Food Frenzy:

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