Sunday, November 4, 2012

Mashed Cauliflower with Irish Creamed Butter




It's been a very quiet week for us over here.  Our house turned into a domicile for the infirm recently. I could have used one of those cute little paper nurse's caps to pin on the top of my head as I donned the role of "head nurse" and sashayed back and forth from the bedroom to the kitchen.





P. had to have surgery.  Nothing serious (hernia) but he was going to be out of commission for what turned out to be a good week.

Chester decided to catch "doggie flu" and could barely drag his wee little body out of his crate for the duration of P.'s infirmary.





I kept both patients in one room and they each looked at one other forlornly while all wrapped up in their freshly washed cushy blankets and plumped up pillows.

Tray after tray was ushered into and out of the bedroom  as P. relished every minute of being bed ridden.  We started the convalescence with brothy chicken soups and highlighted the recuperation with his favorite "Chunky Monkey" ice cream.

Little Chester, on the hand, couldn't stand the sight of any food and stayed nestled in his little bed with the most woebegone expression on his pathetic little furry face that a doggie can muster.






Just as salted bacon caramels and roasted beet cakes have swept the country lately, so has a wonderful mashed potato impostor that offers just as much soft buttery deliciousness..."faux" mashed potatoes, using cauliflower.

And, no, this is not a "low calorie" substitute for good 'ol mashed potatoes.

There still is the butter.  There still is the cream.  And, there still is the option of cheesy goodness to add in as an option.  But, it might make you feel a smidgen better about picking up that big head of cauliflower at the market.


To cap off the week, one of the cars decided to jump on the bandwagon of family infirms and gain its own attention by completely dying on me.  The remarkable service of our car repair shop included a small army of "fix it" guys who drove out to our house, drove away with my injured car, and returned it 6 hours later...right to my doorstep...good as new!!

With broad smiles and twinkling eyes they handed to me what looked to be a fine thank you note for the generous service we "un" willingly provided to them this week.

It was a note alright.  A fine paper note at that.  With a bill of $600 tucked right into the little linen pocket.

Sigh.

Hope you all have a better week than the one we've had.  Treat yourself to some "faux" mashed potatoes!

P.S.  Chester is doing just fine now and begging for every scrap that might possibly come his way.







Mashed Cauliflower with Irish Creamed Butter
(serves 6)


  • 2 pound(s) cauliflower, 8 cups once cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoon(s) sour cream
  • 2 tablespoon(s) heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoon(s) unsalted Kerrygold Real Irish butter
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt

Directions:
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add cauliflower florets; cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain. Or, place cauliflower florets in a pyrex dish and microwave for 5 minutes.
  2. Puree cauliflower in a food processor (or use an immersion blender, adding florets in  batches. Add sour cream, heavy cream, butter and salt; process until smooth and combined. Reheat gently, if necessary.
  3. Add your own spin by adding roastedgarlic  to this recipe or by adding your favorite shredded cheese.

44 comments:

  1. Awww, what a week. I wish I could come stay at your house, I'm going on week 2 of a cold/flu that won't let go! I'm sure that cauliflower would do me a world of good ;) I just made mashed turnips and decided they are the official replacement to mashed potatoes this season, so I can't wait to try your cauliflower.
    Glad to hear that everyone is on the mend in the Thyme household!

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    1. I'm so sorry Sue! It seems when someone is impaired over here, I turn into a cleaning fool. Must be how I cope with it. I've just heard about mashed turnips and mashed parsnips. I can't wait to try those 2.

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  2. About that-)) I have a big yellow-orange cauliflower in my fridge and I was thinking what to cook-) Perfect timing, Sarah, thank you!

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    1. Yelena, I think that is how I discovered the mashed cauliflower. I, too, had a big head of cauliflower waiting to be used!

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  3. Gosh Sarah - 2 patients all in the same house! What a week you've had. Some weeks it certainly pours when it rains. I hope Mr. P is feeling better. That mashed cauli is heaven - low carb and loaded with butter (Kerrygold) no less has my name all over it! I adore how beautiful your turned out - wonderful texture!

    chow :) Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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    1. I am really in love with that Kerrygold Irish butter. What flavor...I didn't know there could be that much difference in qualities of butter. Coming over to visit soon!

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  4. Chester is too cute! I hope your husband is on the mend too. You know the saying, "When it rains, it pours." Seems like you've had quite the week. I've been in the mood to experiment with my mash, so this recipe comes at the perfect time. Tonight we had parsnip mash and it was such a refreshing change.

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    1. I cannot wait to try out parsnip mash. Sue, up there, tried out turnip mash. I'll bet they are all good...due to the lovely additions of cream and butter!

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  5. I love the idea of faux mashed potatoes and I adore cauliflower so I have to make this soon! This may just be the perfect way to trick my husband into eating AND liking cauliflower :) I hope this week fairs better for you and your family. Wishing speedy recoveries all around!

    PS: That Chester! What a sweet face!

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    1. It worked like 'magic' with my family. They SAY they love cauliflower now! Butter and Cream are such wonderful partners...

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  6. Yum...this looks absolutely amazing! I know I'd love it!

    Your Chester is so handsome! Oh my..just stunning! :)

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    1. Betsy, he had the most pathetic face I've ever seen. I felt horrid getting my camera but he was so cute at the same time...I'm sure glad he got over it and it wasn't something more serious.

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  7. Gorgeous photos! Among the foods I grew up with were mashed rutabagas with butter (you must try), creamed cauliflower and creamed brussels sprouts. Love veggies, though still don't understand my mom's desire to cloak everything in a white sauce. This looks like a delicious variation. I'm glad P is on the mend, the car repaired ($$$-ouch) and Mr. C all better. What a sweet face!

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    1. Mashed rutabagas! Wait, I'm having trouble even picturing a rutabaga in my mind. It sure is fun to say and spell...must try indeed.

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  8. I hope everyone is feeling well again - including your car. I have never eaten cauliflower. I know, I'm bad. I just can't stand the smell of it. Maybe if I tried this recipe though, I might like it.

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    1. I'd be so curious if you tried this. I don't think it has much of a cauliflower taste at all...it is also what I topped that "Faux" Shepherd's Pie with...so that even masks any cauliflower more with the ground beef and spices.

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  9. Chester is ADORABLE! I am so sorry to hear about your tough week, but glad everyone is on the mend. Wish I could whip up some cauliflower purée FOR you -- sounds like you could use a hand. Hang in there!

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    1. Oh, Ann...I'm booked in a sweet little B&B for this coming weekend to visit a long time friend. I cannot wait! Me time for sure...

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  10. Your photography and your writing is full of such warmth. I forget how I stumbled into your blog, but so happy I did. I hope your home is back to health. I might be tempted to get myself a bout of the flu if it meant food like that :)

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    1. Wouldn't it be great to "fake" a flu and then get all of the wait staff goodies in a bed with freshly washed sheets and all. We need to get the wheels of "fakery" cranking...heh, heh, heh.

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  11. Delicious on a plate!
    This looks amazing.

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  12. Aww, I hope everyone feels better soon! Enjoy the wonder weather in Houston thus far - it is supposed to get cooler next week :)

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    1. Went for the most wonderful run in this cool air tonight! Love Houston without that darned humidity!

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  13. Ohh, what a pup:)

    Car troubles are the absolute worst. My clutch is slowly dying, and I keep trying to ignore it. The car rattles and rumbles, and I turn up the music and hum a tune. I really should address that, but the thought of a nice fat bill keep me from doing so.

    Cheers to a better week!

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    1. Car bills and Vet bills...they'll make you say "ouch" every time!

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  14. About Sandy hope all the people that still didn't power will be better soon Sarah I know is terrible.

    I love this recipe and I love cauliflower!!
    Love your pet is sooo cute!!
    Hope this week will be better dear!

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    1. You know after I wrote this post, I sure did feel whiny and trite when the news of Sandy hit. How incredibly lucky we are and our problem week seemed enormously trivial. Helps to put things in perspective...that storm could have easily come right over Texas.

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  15. Wow, I need to make this, we have so many cauliflowers growing in the garden!

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    1. I would love to see cauliflowers GROWING in a REAL garden...instead of a grocery store aisle.

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  16. Oooh! My cauliflower plant just started to sprout in my garden....I'm keepin this recipe on hand for when I harvest! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. You and Lizzy up there with your gardens! I picture in my minds little scenes out of "Peter Rabbit"! I would love to see cauliflowers in a real garden.

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  17. Poor patients. At least they have someone like you to dote on them... I mean, that mashed cauliflower looks decadent!

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    1. "Doting" is hard work! I needed a vacation after all that back and forth with cute little trays of meals. Whew.

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  18. Have never tasted specifically Irish Butter, will have to seek it out. I love cauliflower mash too, the flavour is enhanced so much by a little butter and cream (oh ok, a lot!) :)

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    1. I don't know what it is about Irish Butter...but I love it. And yes, cauliflower is good for those on low carb diets but it's not much better calorically than good 'ol mashed potatoes!

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  19. Oh dear, there is nothing like being under the weather to bring out the boy in the man. I can just imagine you being a wonderful nurse, and cook of course. That photo of Chester is so amazing with that look in his eye. I have been thinking of pureeing cauliflower for a while and you have encouraged me to do so.

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    1. I love that..."bring out the boy in the man". Chester was the sorriest little pup we've ever seen. No more table scraps unmonitored in the future, I think.

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  20. Roasted garlic would probably be amazing in here. This looks awesome!!

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    1. Yes! Roasted garlic is just as good in mashed cauliflower as it is in mashed potatoes.

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  21. Lovely recipe and gorgeous photos as usual! I hope all is well. Have a great weekend!

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  22. Hi Sarah,
    Sorry to hear about the rough week. Mashed cauliflower is one my favorite things and your recipe is just awesome! Thanks for sharing and can't wait to give it a try. As for your photos and writing I can't pay you enough compliments. Love love your blog.

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  23. Sounds like quite a tiring week, I hope this next one plays out better!

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  24. Sarah, Sorry for your long tough week! The mashed cauliflower looks so yummy…perfect comfort food!

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