As we are getting older, John and I need to watch our diets more closely than we had to in the past. It’s a part of life that is difficult for us. One of us loves to make desserts and the other loves to eat them. I won’t tell you which of us is which, I will let you guess.
One thing that we both need to cut back on are simple carbs. Cauliflower is a serendipitous solution! Cauliflower is a starchy vegetable that is low in carbs so it’s a perfect substitution for the higher carb vegetables such as potatoes, peas, and corn. When mashed, cauliflower has a wonderful texture and the Smoked Gouda gives it a robust flavor that adds vitality to the dish.
Smoky Mashed Cauliflower
- 1 large head cauliflower, finely chopped (about 2 pounds)
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon roasted garlic
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- 1 cup shredded Smoked Gouda
- Sour cream (optional)
- Fresh chives, chopped (optional)
Add the cauliflower to a medium-sized saucepan along with the chicken stock. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the roasted garlic and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in the milk and puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Mix in the cheese and taste for seasoning. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl and garnish with sour cream and chives.