Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a vegetable that doesn't get its fair share of the spotlight. I think of cauliflower as a wallflower, or the vegetable on the sidelines, seldom being asked to dance. Given a chance, though, cauliflower will step up and be the Cinderella of the ball.

If you happen to be counting carbs, you already know cauliflower is your friend. This recipe for garlic mashed cauliflower is a delicious stand-in for mashed potatoes. If your family is larger, you can double the recipe.

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Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

1/2 head cauliflower, separated into florets
2 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 ounce cream cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Place a steamer basket in a saucepan. Fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cover. Steam until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Allow cauliflower to remain in steamer basket, uncovered, so that any moisture can drain. In a small skillet, melt the butter, add garlic and cook until softened. Transfer cauliflower to a large bowl. Add garlic and butter, cream cheese and parmesan cheese. Combine all by mashing together with a potato masher. Add salt and pepper to taste.

All ingredients can also be combined in a food processor if you prefer a smoother mixture, but I like a few lumps in mine.