What a discovery!!
I do did not find it easy to create meals without a side of carbohydrates – I am so used in the past I was used to going for rice, potato, pasta or bread …
So I decided to explore alternatives, and I have to say this is one of my favourites: creamy cauliflower mash!
What I love about this dish is that is does not taste like a “watered down” version of something “real”. It has a distinct flavour and texture; it is a dish in its own right. Different – yes! But then that was exactly what I was looking for!!
By the way: I use a food processor for this mash, but I am sure that you can do this by hand using a potato masher. Although I think you might have to cook the cauli a little longer.
4-6 tbsp yoghurt (you can omit the yoghurt, if you do use it, you need a yoghurt that is not too liquid, I love using ‘Total’ 0% fat Greek yoghurt)
2 spring onions
- Cut the cauliflower into small florets.
- Steam the cauliflower for about 10 minutes until tender. (If you do not have a steam basket you can also cook the cauli. Just make sure it is as dry as possible before mashing it).
- Whilst the cauli is steaming cut the spring onion into chunks and whizz in the food processor.
- Add the hot, tender cauli and the yoghurt (if using) and seasoning. Blend briefly. Taste and adjust seasoning / amount of yoghurt. (I do have the feeling that this dish needs quite a bit of salt).
- Whizz until the mash has reached the desired consistency.
- If using, sprinkle with chopped chives and serve immediately.
Tips & Variations
- For a richer result add a 100g of grated cheese.
- If you do no have yoghurt you could also go for butter and milk or crème fraiche.
- Frozen cauliflower should work just as well.
- And if all this is too extreme for you, you can also just lighten up your potato mash by replacing half with cauli.
As this dish is very light I like paring it with a stronger tasting meat or a fleshy fish. And despite the fact that you could see this as your serving of vegetable I would always add a serving of vegetable as a side dish.
Just for some ideas:
- Roast Mustard Chicken with green beans
- Steak with mushroom and a green salad
- Lamb chops with rosemary and green asparagus
- Firm white fish wrapped in a slice of prosciutto or Parma ham with broccoli
- Sole with some extra small prawns to sprinkled over the mash