Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mashed Cauliflower with Hummus and Feta

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.


Robyn said...

This looks good!

Toni said...

That sounds really, really good!

Stephani said...

This sounds good, and I know my husband would love it!

Anonymous said...

This looks fantastic! I'll have to try it this weekend :) I love feta, cauliflower and hummus, so surely I'll love this, right?

Dawn said...

I love mashed cauli! What an amazing idea to add hummus and feta!

Debbi Smith said...

Not a feta fan but the cauliflower and the hummus together sounds interestingly delicious! I don't make cauliflower enough as my family aren't big cauliflower fans. I love it!

Joanne said...

I eat butternut squash for dessert, so I'm not really one to talk about weird cravings...

This sounds delicious! I love hummus.