Mashed Cauliflower with Cheese and Dill
Mashed Cauliflower with Cheese and Dill is the first recipe for cauliflower mash I ever posted on Kalyn’s Kitchen, and even now that mashed cauliflower has become mainstream, the flavors here are still a winner! Use Cauliflower Recipes for more tasty ideas for cauliflower!
For about a month now I’ve been fixated on dill, and here I am using dill again. I loved this Mashed Cauliflower with Cheese and Dill and how can you go wrong with cauliflower, dill, feta, and other cheeses? The recipe was adapted from Dill and Colby Mashed Cauliflower by Sue at Coffee and Cornbread. Unfortunately I’ve loved my fresh dill so much that it’s been trimmed within an inch of it’s life, so I’ll have to ignore it and let some feathery leaves grow out before I can have another dill frenzy.
I shared a lot of information about how to grow and use dill when I posted the recipe for Leftover Salmon Salad with Yogurt and Dill, so I won’t repeat all that again. When I started using the fresh dill from this year’s garden, I couldn’t figure out why I’d been lukewarm about dill before now. And if you’re lucky enough to have dill in your herb garden, this is such a tasty way to use it!
I boiled my cauliflower in salted water about 20 minutes, then let it drain in a colander for about 5 minutes. I mashed the cauliflower with a potato masher and mixed in butter, the dill, and salt and pepper.
Then I switched to a hand mixer when I added the milk, grated cheese, and feta. You could still use a hand masher if you’d like a chunkier texture, or even a food processor if you want a more blended texture. Season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper and enjoy!
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Mashed Cauliflower with Cheese and Dill
(Makes 4-6 servings, recipe adapted slightly from Coffee and Cornbread.)
1 large head cauliflower (4-5 cups cauliflower flowerets
salt, for water to cook cauliflower
1 T butter or margarine (South Beach recommends trans-fat free margarine, but I’d probably use butter for this small amount)
3 T finely chopped fresh dill (or use a smaller amount of dried dill weed if fresh dill is not available)
1 tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 T half and half or milk (use milk for South Beach Diet, especially if you use butter)
1/2 C grated cheese (I used low-fat Mexican four cheese blend)
1/4 C crumbled Feta cheese (I used my favorite feta cheese)
(You could use 3/4 cup of any types of cheese that you like instead, but I liked the touch of Feta in this.)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Wash cauliflower and remove core, then cut and break into small flowerets. Bring a large pot water to a boil, add a generous amount of salt, and boil cauliflower until it is quite soft, about 20 minutes. Pour cauliflower into a colander and let it drain well for about 5 minutes. (Don’t rush the draining step or the dish will probably be too watery.)
When cauliflower is well drained, pour back into cooking pot and add butter, lemon juice, and chopped fresh dill. Mash with potato masher, until ingredients are well mixed. Add half and half or milk and both types of cheese and mash again until cheese is mixed in and cauliflower is quite soft. You can use an electric beater or food process for the final mashing if you prefer. Taste cauliflower and season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper. You may need to put it back on the stove and warm for 2-3 minutes before serving. Serve hot.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Mashed Cauliflower with Cheese and Dill is a great dish for low-carb diet plans, and for any phase of the South Beach Diet.
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