I almost didn't think I should blog this recipe because it's hardly a recipe. However, it was one of the most delicious vegetable side dishes I've made in a long time. I know there are those out there who substitute cauliflower mash for mashed potatoes, but it's not the same. Not at all! Cauliflower has it's own amazing flavor, texture, and sometimes I prefer it to mashed potatoes. Yes, it is lower in calories and has a different nutritional profile, but there's nothing wrong with eating potatoes in moderation.
I've made quite a few cauliflower purees and mashes, recipes can be seen here and here. As I've said, JJ doesn't like cauliflower, so it has become a treat for me to enjoy when he's not home at dinner. Isn't it odd when you look at cauliflower as a treat? Oh well, I'll be the odd girl, cause I just can't get enough! What I tend to do is just pick up a head, and then see what my inspiration is the night I'm preparing it. So for this one, I had a hummus surplus, and a few random cheeses to choose from. I guess I took it in a Mediterranean direction, but really, I took it in a delicious bowl of comfort and flavor direction.
Mashed Cauliflower with Hummus and Feta
1 head of cauliflower, stemmed and cut into florets
1 cup vegetable stock
Salt and pepper
Pinch of dried oregano
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup plain hummus, plus extra for garnish
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, plus extra for garnish
Place cauliflower in a pot, add stock, salt and pepper.
Cover, bring to a boil, turn to low and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
Pierce with a knife, cauliflower should be tender and most of stock will be evaporated.
Remove from heat, add oregano, red pepper, hummus and feta.
Use a potato masher and mash to desired consistency.
Garnish with an extra dollop of hummus and sprinkle of feta.