Thursday, July 03, 2008

Mashed Cauliflower Recipe with Cheese and Dill

Mashed Cauliflower RecipeFor about a month now I've been fixated on dill, and here I am using dill again. I loved this recipe with cauliflower, dill, feta, and other cheeses, adapted from Dill and Colby Mashed Cauliflower by Sue at Coffee and Cornbread. Unfortunately I've loved my fresh dill so much that it's been trimmed within an inch of it's life, so I'll have to ignore it and let some feathery leaves grow out before I can have another dill frenzy.

I shared a lot of information about how to grow and use dill when I posted the recipe for Leftover Salmon Salad with Yogurt and Dill, so I won't repeat all that again. You can also learn more about dill at, where I'm writing a series on Cooking with Fresh Herbs, and the latest installment is on Cooking with Dill. When I started using the fresh dill from this year's garden, I couldn't figure out why I'd been lukewarm about dill before now. This wonderfully dilly recipe is my contribution for Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted this week by Pam of Sidewalk Shoes

Sue used a pressure cooker to cook the cauliflower, which is a piece of cooking equipment I don't have. I boiled my cauliflower in salted water about 20 minutes, then let it drain in a colander for about 5 minutes.

I mashed the cauliflower with a potato masher and mixed in a bit of butter, the dill, and salt and pepper.

Then I switched to a hand mixer when I added the milk, grated cheese, and feta. You could still use a hand masher if you'd like a chunkier texture, or even a food processor if you want a more blended texture.

Mashed Cauliflower with Cheese and Dill
(Makes 4-6 servings, recipe adapted slightly from Coffee and Cornbread.)

1 large head cauliflower (4-5 cups cauliflower flowerets
salt, for water to cook cauliflower
1 T butter or margarine (South Beach recommends trans-fat free margarine, but I'd probably use butter for this small amount)
3 T finely chopped fresh dill (or use a smaller amount of dried dill weed if fresh dill is not available)
1 tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 T half and half or milk (use milk for South Beach Diet, especially if you use butter)
1/2 C grated cheese (I used low-fat Mexican four cheese blend)
1/4 C crumbled Feta cheese (I used my favorite feta cheese)
(You could use 3/4 cup of any types of cheese that you like instead, but I liked the touch of Feta in this.)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Wash cauliflower and remove core, then cut and break into small flowerets. Bring a large pot water to a boil, add a generous amount of salt, and boil cauliflower until it is quite soft, about 20 minutes. Pour cauliflower into a colander and let it drain well for about 5 minutes. (Don't rush the draining step or the dish will probably be too watery.)

When cauliflower is well drained, pour back into cooking pot and add butter, lemon juice, and chopped fresh dill. Mash with potato masher, until ingredients are well mixed. Add half and half or milk and both types of cheese and mash again until cheese is mixed in and cauliflower is quite soft. You can use an electric beater or food process for the final mashing if you prefer. Taste cauliflower and season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper. You may need to put it back on the stove and warm for 2-3 minutes before serving. Serve hot.

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South Beach Suggestions:
Cauliflower cooked like this is a perfect side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet, or any low-glycemic eating plan.

More Tasty Cauliflower Recipes to Try:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Pureed Cauliflower with Garlic, Parmesan, and Goat Cheese
Alanna's Roasted Cauliflower
Braised Cauliflower with Garlic and Anchovies
Twice-Baked Cauliflower
Roasted Cauliflower with with Lemon, Curry, and Cumin
Lemon Roasted Cauliflower with Dill from Gluten Free Bay
Roasted Cauliflower with Dukkah from Steamy Kitchen
Cauliflower Puree from Serious Eats
Cauliflower Gratin from Chocolate and Zucchini
Cauliflower Dal with Panch Phoran from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

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  1. I love mashed cauliflower...must try it with dill.

    If you can still find some seeds, you can plant more dill, grow it in stages so you have it all the time.

  2. This looks really good, I love the idea of the feta and cauliflower. I am growing dill for the first time this year and I used it in some scrambled eggs the other day. So yummy.

  3. That sounds absolutely delicious! We just had cauliflower for dinner - had I seen your recipe earlier, I would have made two different cauliflower dishes!!

  4. I love cauliflower and I love dill. Great combination!

  5. Mmmm, I love dill!! I recently bought a basil plant to grow on my fire escape, and now that it's doing well, I want to add a few more herbs out there -- dill and parsley will probably be next. Yum!

  6. I love the addition of dill to anything! I have never tried mashed cauliflower, but this looks absolutely delicious.

  7. Peter, I already loved mashed cauliflower, but the mashed cauliflower with dill was even better! That Sue is brilliant!

    Katerina, I loved the feta here, but I'm sure this would be great with any type of cheese.

    Thanks Pille. Will watch for your cauliflower recipe too!

    EC Vancouver, thanks!

    Joanna, hooray! I love to hear about people getting inspired to grow herbs.

    TW, truly it was! Even my slightly veggie adverse father liked it.

  8. Thanks for the compliment Kalyn.

    I will try it with the feta since I love feta so much.

  9. Sue I know you'll like the version with feta too, but it's your idea of combining mashed cauliflower with dill that's so brilliant. I think any type of cheese that melts well would be great in this!

  10. Oh, good recipe! I just got a bunch of fresh dill from my CSA delivery. Now I know what I'll do with it! Thanks, what a healthy and yummy sounding side dish!

  11. I have dill that kindly seeded itself this year, and it does pair marvelously with roasted cauliflower! I've not mashed it before, and now plan to. Thanks!

  12. Nice seeing so many cauliflower and dill fans!

  13. Oh i do love cauliflower and love this recipe. I have never thought of mashing it before. how unique!

  14. What a lovely idea to add dill to cauliflower. One of our favourite dishes is cauliflower au gratin. We just got a beautiful new casserole dish at a garage sale and can't wait til cauliflower is in season.

    I hope our dill has survived til then so we can add dill to the gratin dish! I too have been harvesting the poor little plants mercilessly. Dill is too good, isnt' it?


  15. This looks great, going to have to try this out at my block party this month. Thanks!

  16. this looks fantastic and makes me think that some broccoli in it would give some lovely green speckles

  17. This sounds so good - but I can't get cauliflower now - maybe at the big supermarkets....
    The feta and dill together, wonderful combination
    Last year I had tons of dill - and, hopefully next year I will again. Isn't it fun when one 'can use with abandon'?

  18. I can't get enough caulfilower recipes and this one looks great. Will definitely be picking up a cauli this week!

  19. Dill is a really interesting herb. Yes, it's fabulous with fish, but then you start discovering how well it goes with other things too. We had a lamb and dill stew in Brussels that just ROCKED. Speaking of rocking, I am loving the sound of this recipe. We have a GIANT head of cauliflower in the fridge right now, far too much for 2 people for 1 meal. I can see half of it ending up as this!

  20. I pretty much made it exactly as it listed. It gave me my first chance to use the dill in the back yard. Awesome tasting, definately liked the feta flavor in there.

  21. This recipe was great!! I used dry dill seasoning (alot less) and added some bacon pieces. The bacon was not the best thing to add, but this was my husbands first Thanksgiving as a diabetic and I wanted him to be fulfilled. It tasted just like mashed potatoes; I even ate it instead of the real thing.

  22. Amy, so glad Sue and I could help your husband enjoy his Thanksgiving. (And actually I think the addition of a little bacon in this sounds sublime. It's still mostly cauliflower, no matter what else you add!)

  23. I'm back on phase one of South Beach, and have been visiting your site for inspiration, as the standard South Beach versions no longer thrill me.
    Thought I'd share something I did with my "mashed". I added no butter or milk, but used a large Tbsp. of low fat sour cream (I guess one could go with non-fat)and a couple of good dollops of the light ricotta I had in the fridge. The consistency was better than I'd found with the traditional recipe and it was so tasty!

  24. This was delicious. I made the family dinner last night, South Beach style, and everyone went for seconds. This cauliflower mash was particularly popular. Thank you for the many inspirational recipes on here.

  25. So glad you are enjoying the recipes!

  26. Hey, I just hopped over to your web page via StumbleUpon. Not somthing I would normally read, but I liked your thoughts none the less. Thanks for generating something worth reading.

  27. Thanks for your reminder over on FB - made this for dinner tonight. Wonderful!!!


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