This is one of my favorite side dishes. It makes a great substitute for mashed
potatoes, and packs in a serving or two of veggies. Sometimes I add Parmesan
cheese for extra flavor, but it’s delicious without as well.
8 cups bite-size cauliflower florets (about 1 head)
4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
1/3 cup nonfat buttermilk (see Tip)
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Snipped fresh chives for garnish, optional
1. Place cauliflower florets and garlic in a steamer
basket over boiling water, cover and steam until very tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
(Alternatively, place florets and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup
water, cover and microwave on High for 3 to 5 minutes.)
2. Place the cooked cauliflower and garlic in a food
processor. Add buttermilk, 2 teaspoons oil, butter, salt and pepper; pulse
several times, then process until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a serving
bowl. Drizzle with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garnish with chives, if
desired. You may need to reheat the cauliflower before serving.