A quick, easy, alternative side dish
As people become more health conscious, cauliflower has become the new substitute for grain. Foods such as cauliflower pizza, cauliflower rice, and cauliflower pasta have become more and more of a staple within many diets. While cauliflower can make a great main meal, it can also be paired with other food items as an awesome side dish. Looking for an alternative to mashed potatoes or mashed yams? Here is a great and easy recipe for mashed cauliflower!
Fast Facts About Cauliflower
Cauliflower has been a staple of the human diet since the 1500s, being grown around Asia and the Mediterranean sea. Later on, it slowly made its way to Europe through traders. It was only in the early 1900s, when cauliflower made its way to the United States. Currently, the largest producing state of cauliflower is California, while China is the largest producer of the vegetable overall. It can be grown in different climates, like right here at Smith’s Farm in Maine!
Cauliflower is most closely related to broccoli, with the two sharing many of the same health benefits. While broccoli is known for its bright green coloring, Cauliflower can come in numerous colors such as white, yellow, and even purple.
Cauliflower is a Superfood
Cauliflower is great for those who are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 1 cup of cauliflower only contains 25 calories and is full of Vitamin C. Cauliflower is also high in fiber, which not only aids in weight loss and prevents obesity, but also aids in digestion. This super vegetable also contains choline, a little unknown nutrient that promotes the overall health of the brain and nervous system. This nutrient aids in the production of neurotransmitters, making mashed cauliflower a perfect side dish!
What You Will Need for Mashed Cauliflower
Mashed cauliflower is an easy dish to make, with most of the vegetables and ingredients found within most kitchens and supermarkets.
- 1 small head of Smith’s Farm’s cauliflower, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Chopped chives (optional)
How To Make Mashed Cauliflower
Mashed cauliflower is a quick and easy side dish to make and can be great for a last minute meal idea. All you will need is a food processor and stove. Here are the simple steps to make mashed cauliflower…
- Put 1/4″ of water in a medium pot. Add cauliflower and garlic, cover. Bring to a boil and cook until cauliflower is easily pierced with a fork, approximately 8-10 minutes.
- Drain well, put cauliflower and garlic in a food processor.
- Add milk, butter, salt and pepper. Puree until smooth, adding more milk if needed.
- Season to taste with salt, pepper and chives.
*Can be refrigerated up to 2 days, reheat before serving
Remember to prepare safely and enjoy your mashed cauliflower!
Smith’s Farm Cauliflower
Available year round, Smith’s Farm Cauliflower is grown in Florida, Maine, Georgia, California, and Arizona. Our family owned and operated farms have been delivering fresh produce to your table for over five generations. Look for fresh Smith’s Farm vegetables at your local grocery store!