Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Broccoli & Cauliflower Mash

Since my dad is termanally ill; his appetite has changed.
Well, sorta.
He likes southern food,biscuits& gravy, pork chops, sweets, dessert,chocolate, potatoes and fried fish.
Did I mention sweets?
One down side of this disease is that his sweet tooth is the size of an elephant.
But, he isn't too keen on healthier things like broccoli,brussel sprouts, steamed fish, and mushrooms. And trying to trick him into eating a veggie burger while telling him that it is a regular burger is not a smart idea.
Its kinda like cooking for a picky child.

The other day, I came across a recipe for mashed cauliflower; It was suppose to be like "fake" mashed potatoes. This was my plan, but then some medical stuff (mine, not my dad's) came up and I forgot all about the cauliflower that was sitting in our fridge. Well, last night I felt a bit better and decided to make a mash of broccoli and cauilflower and then making fritters out of them. like salmon cakes, which my dad loves, so I thought if I fried the mash then he would not ask what he was eating.

But that didn't happen. I made the mash and tried to fry it, but it wasn't turning out like I wanted and I wasn't in the mood to find a way to correct the issue so I decided that eating the mash as is was fine.

Broccoli & Cauliflower Mash
Created by Rayna of Curious Country Cook
serves: 6

For this recipe you could use 1 large head of broccoli or cauliflower by itself, but I mixed them since the ones we had were both smaller heads.
  • 1 small head of broccoli
  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 cp. chicken stock (or veg. stock if you want it to be vegetarian)
  • 2 garlic cloves, cut in half
  • 2 wedges of Laughing Cow cheese (or use about 2 tbsp. of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream)
  • salt & pepper
1. Cut and trim the cauliflower and broccoli into florets and put in a pot with the stock and garlic.

2. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the florets are very tender and remove from the heat.

3. Add the cheese, salt and pepper.

4. You can mash the mixture using a potato masher or you can puree it using a food processor or blender, BUT be careful because blending hot food can make be dangerous.
>>> If you have the time, you can let the mixture cool completely; blend it and then put in a casserole dish and put it in the oven to reheat.

Any extras you may have would be good over some pasta; like a pesto.

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