Roasted, Boiled and Whipped Heads (of Garlic and Cauliflower) / by Alex Boake

Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted a recipe. I'm not going to make too many excuses, but basically I've been busy, and short on time and inspiration. Well, no more! I don't want my little food blog to fade away. Here's a dish I've been making fairly often lately because it's super easy and super delicious, and, to be honest, a great low-carb side dish. Also: it has a ton of butter in it. Can we say yum? Everyone's got their own version of mashed cauliflower; here's mine!

Roasted, Boiled and Whipped Heads (of Garlic and Cauliflower)

Ingredients

  • 1 huge Head of Garlic
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Head of Cauliflower
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Salt to taste

Directions Take the head of Garlic and while keeping all the cloves attached, remove the extra papery skin, and cut off the tips of each clove. Drizzle with Olive Oil and wrap in aluminum foil. I like to roast mine in the toaster oven at 400 for 35 to 40 minutes. The toaster oven is great because I can put the timer on and then walk away and it turns itself off, voila! The garlic should be soft and golden brown when it's done. Set aside to cool.

Wash the head of Cauliflower and remove the extra leaves. Chop into 4 pieces and put them into a pot of adequate size. Cover with water, and add a few shakes of salt. Bring the water to a boil and cook until soft. You can't really overcook it, so I just check it every so often while I'm preparing the rest of the meal.

Once cooked, drain the water and return to the stove, which should be turned to low. Add the Butter and then squeeze the Garlic Cloves out into the pot. Using an immersion blender, whip everything into a smooth and creamy state. Add the Black Pepper and mix again. It should be evenly flecked with Pepper.  No immersion blender? That's okay, transfer it to a food processor and process until smooth. Serve warm!

This works great as a side for pretty much anything, but it's particularly good with lamb or steak. Enjoy!