I am currently on a mission to make vegetables taste better by incessantly crushing them with other ingredients until they resemble foods I love. I will mash, whip and destroy innocent cauliflower then add anything I can think of to it until my brain is semi-satisified that somehow we are eating mashed potatoes. Because I love mashed potatoes. And I hate the amount of calories that comes with them. Life is unfair I tell ya.
I’ve never roasted garlic before but when I found this recipe it seemed like a perfect way to learn a new cooking technique as well as a new way to further complicate cauliflower’s growing identity issues. Which seems to be my new goal in life. Sorry, cauli! 😉
ROASTED GARLIC WHIPPED CAULIFLOWER
156 calories per serving
To start this recipe you first want to roast your garlic. (Obviously…) This is pretty simple!
Cut off the top half inch of an entire head of garlic. Place onto a foil lined, rimmed, baking sheet then drizzle with about 2 Tbsp olive oil. No need to measure, be generous!Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until your cloves are browned and the skin is a little crispy (sounds like spring break, no? 😛 ). Allow to cool then carefully remove each clove and separate out all of the skins. Be careful doing this as I just learned you can cut yourself on the skins!
Next, you’re going to need the bacon fat from a pound of bacon. If you’re sitting there going “Oh great, what am I going to do with all that bacon since you want me to have bacon fat but no bacon for this recipe!”….have no fear! Here are some ideas!
Not enough bacon for you? Good. You’re my kind of person. And we can probably become good friends in bacon rehab once my bacontervention happens.
Anyway. Once you fry up your bacon for one of the *AMAZINGGG* recipes above, ( 😉 ) you’re going to keep the fat to drizzle over top of the cauliflower. (No one said this recipe was going to be super duper healthy!) Meanwhile, clean and cut 2 heads of cauliflower into florets and arrange onto a foil lined, rimmed, baking sheet.
Toss the cauliflower with the bacon fat then bake at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until the cauliflower is slightly browned and softened.Once cooked, add the cauliflower and roasted garlic cloves into a food processor. Add in 1 1/4 C of chicken broth (I used low sodium), and salt and pepper to taste. Process until smooth (read as: destroy until your brain thinks this is mashed potatoes).
Side note: I found I had to add more chicken broth than the original recipe called for. I don’t know if my cauliflower heads were a lot bigger than normal (smarty pants!) if they were just extra thirsty but my dish looked more like sand than potatoes so I had to add in some more. Feel free to adjust the broth amount as you see fit!
Top with parsley and enjoy! 🙂
If you enjoy destroying cauliflower’s identity as much as I do, check out these other faux-tatoe recipes!
Smoked Gouda and Bacon Cauliflower Mash (Still my favorite!)
Cheesy Ranch Cauliflower Casserole (My most pinned recipe!)
Cauliflower faux-tatoes with bacon, caramelized onions and gorgonzola (One of my first recipes, don’t judge the pics, okayyyy?)
- 1 head of garlic
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 heads of cauliflower
- ¼ C bacon fat (from 1 lb of cooked bacon)
- 1¼ C chicken broth (I used low sodium)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with foil. Chop off the top ½ inch of garlic and place onto baking sheet. Cover with about 2 Tbsp of olive oil.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until cloves are browned and skin is crispy. Allow to cool then carefully separate the cloves from the skin. Discard of all skin.
- Change oven temperature to 450 degrees.
- Chop cauliflower into florets. Add to a baking sheet lined with foil and toss with ¼ C of bacon fat.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cauliflower is slightly browned and softened.
- Add cauliflower, garlic cloves, chicken broth and salt/pepper to a food processor and mix until desired texture.
- Top with parsley and serve immediately.
**Recipe adapted from Country Cleaver (She’s hilarious! Definitely a blog worth reading!)
What do you think? Did this recipe make the cut for you or did it crumble? What would you do differently? I look forward to reading your opinions!