I’m trying to incorporate more vegetables into my family’s diet (well, aren’t we all?), so I bought a head of cauliflower this week thinking there had to be a great easy way to use it (besides Cauliflower Popcorn, one of our favorites). As I’ve mentioned before, I also adore goat cheese – so imagine my glee when I discovered the little gem of a recipe Cauliflower with Goat Cheese on page 307 of Aloha Days Hula Nights, in the Vegetables – Cauliflower section.
This is a simple side dish that serves as a great blank canvas to paint your meal on. It pairs up easily with any main course (I used it for three meals this week) and can show off the flavors of any meal nicely. The photo below shows the Cauliflower with Goat Cheese with a bit of curry powder and spicy Thai sriracha mixed in, which was just lovely.
Plain, the cauliflower flavor is foremost, and the cheeses and butter make it creamy and smooth in your mouth. It’s like mashed potatoes, but even lighter in texture. I highly recommend it with your next roasted meat – and be sure to add your meal’s flavors (a bit of herb, perhaps) to make this dish sing.
Pick your flavor to make this dish your own…
Cauliflower with Goat Cheese
- 1 head cauliflower
- 2 tablespoons whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
- 2 tablespoons goat cheese
Cut cauliflower into small florets. Place in a large pot with 2 inches of water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, covered, until completely tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Pour into a colander and drain well. Press cauliflower gently but firmly to remove all water. Toss the cauliflower and continue pressing. This step is very important to the texture of the dish. Transfer the cauliflower to a food processor. Add cream and puree until very smooth. For a chunkier texture, mash by hand, adding the cream after the cauliflower is mashed. Return to the pot. Just before serving, heat over low heat, stirring constantly. Add butter, Parmesan, and goat cheese. Stir to blend well, adjust salt to taste. Place in serving bowl and serve.
Serves 4 to 6.
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