Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Guilt-Free Cauliflower Mash

Low in carbs and high in nutrients, puréed or mashed cauliflower is a delicious substitute for mashed potatoes. I discovered this fabulous guilt-free recipe in the South Beach Diet Cookbook, which is my 'go-to' resource when trying to shed a few unwanted pounds. Wonderfully flavourful in it's own right, Cauliflower Mash is also great used as a silky smooth purée nestled under grilled scallops, sautéed pickerel or any kind of fresh seafood.

The original South Beach Diet Cookbook

When trying to keep on a low fat/low carb diet, it's really great to know a few 'secret' recipes that taste like you're cheating when you're not! This is one of those recipes. It can be tweaked with some chopped chives, crumbled goat cheese or a wee bit more butter or cream, for a more luscious and decadent version of this low fat classic. I've adjusted the recipe a bit from the original South Beach 'Surprise Mashed Potatoes', but only because I prefer to use more natural ingredients than over processed butter sprays and fat-free cream, which the recipe recommends and are generally only available in the U.S. anyway. No matter — this recipe is infinitely better. Enjoy.

Sautéed Pickerel with spinach and mushrooms on a bed of cauliflower purée

Cauliflower Mash
Serves 4

4 cups cauliflower florets
1 oz butter or Olivina
1 oz whole milk or light cream
pinch of salt and freshly ground black or white pepper

Steam the cauliflower until soft. Purée in a food processor, adding the butter and milk to taste. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.