Garlic and Thyme Mashed Cauliflower

Last night for dinner we found ourselves looking for a unique way to use a head of cauliflower in the fridge to accompany our steamed salmon. We talked about roasting it and adding mushrooms, fennel, and other veggies to liven up the bland white vegetable. However, after a little hunting on Pinterest we decided to try this Garlic and Thyme Mashed Cauliflower recipe. Now, I know I’ve posted mashed cauliflower recipes in the past but I’m always up for sharing new ways to jazz up boring old cauliflower as it’s such a fabulous substitution for mashed potatoes! This recipe packed tons of flavor with roasted garlic and fresh thyme. With my eyes closed I would have told you I was eating mashed potatoes. The key to smooth and creamy mashed cauliflower is using a food processor to blend the steamed cauliflower and adding lots of yummy cheeses (I used parmesan and creme fraiche). 

Garlic and Thyme Mashed Cauliflower
Serves 4
Steamed cauliflower flavored with roasted garlic, thyme, and creamy cheeses (parmesan and creme fraiche). All blended together until soft and creamy in a food processor.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  4. 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  5. 1 tablespoon creme fraiche (you can substitute cream cheese)
  6. 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme
  7. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (I used garlic flavored sea salt)
  8. 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic until softened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Transfer half the cauliflower to a food processor; cover and blend on high. Add remaining cauliflower florets, and pulse until vegetables are creamy. Blend in garlic, Parmesan cheese, creme fraiche, thyme, salt, and black pepper.
  4. Serve warm and enjoy!
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