I have been making "Mock" Garlic Mashed Potatoes by George Stella for years. His recipe is not potato at all, it is really mashed cauliflower with big garlic flavor. Recently I decided I wanted to make it simple and use one dish. So this recipe was born. Why not cook the cauliflower in the microwave and in the dish I plan to serve it in? I LOVE only one dish to clean up. It worked perfectly. I think it retains more of the cauliflower flavor too. If you are trying mashed cauliflower as an alternative to potatoes you may want to boil the cauliflower instead. I love cauliflower so more flavor is more delicious! This Microwave Garlic Mashed Cauliflower is a great side for the All American Meatloaf.
Microwave Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
1 medium head cauliflower
1 Tbsp. 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 small clove garlic (1/2 tsp.), grated
1/8 tsp. chicken bouillon
1/8 tsp. white pepper
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
Kosher salt to taste
Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Place cauliflower in a 1-1/2 or 2 quart microwave safe casserole. Sprinkle with a little water, cover and microwave for 14 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes covered. Add cream cheese, Parmesan, garlic, chicken base, and pepper. Blend with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower until almost smooth. Taste for seasoning, add salt if necessary. Serve hot with pats of butter.