Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Brown Butter and Caramelized Onion Cauliflower Mash

I love mashed potatoes but they don't love me.  Instead of subjecting my family to the big insulin spiking bomb of mashed potatoes we're on the hunt for an amazing mashed cauliflower recipe.  Oh, we're no strangers to using cauliflower as potatoes (not to mention rice, pizza dough, or tortillas) we're just out to find the best dish for Thanksgiving.

I really like this recipe but it's not quite amazing enough for Thanksgiving.  I'm sharing it with you because you may just LOVE it!  In the meantime I'll make more mashed cauliflower recipes and try to share them with you.

Here's my recipe adapted from Running to the Kitchen's guest poster, KatieDid.

Photo: Running to the Kitchen

1 head of cauliflower
5 Tbsp of salted butter
3 cloves of garlic
2 medium Vidalia or other sweet onion
sea salt to taste
  • Slice onions and caramelize in 3 tablespoon of butter over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly to avoid burning. The last 5 minutes, throw in the garlic cloves to release some of their flavor.  Once onions are completely caramelized remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Meanwhile cut up cauliflower into florets. Place in a casserole dish and add about a cup of water. Microwave for 5-7 minutes until they are soft.
  • Place cauliflower and garlic cloves into a food processor and process for a few minutes.
  • Over medium heat add 2-3 tablespoons of butter to your onion saucepan and stir constantly until just beginning to brown, about 3-4 minutes. 
  • Add ½ of the caramelized onions, all the browned butter, and a healthy pinch of salt to the cauliflower in the processor. Process until fully incorporated and a smooth, creamy mash has been formed. This may take several minutes depending on your food processor. Taste and adjust salt.

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