November 02, 2009

Chive & Garlic Potato Cauliflower Mash

4 (whole) cloves of garlic
2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, cut up
2 cups cauliflower florets (I used yellow cauliflower)
1/4 cup chopped chives
2 tablespoons soft goat cheese
1 1/2 tablespoon butter

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the garlic, potatoes, and cauliflower. Cook until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain. Add the goat cheese, butter, salt and pepper. Mash until almost at the desired texture then mash in the chives.

My thoughts:
When I first suggested boiling whole garlic cloves in with mashed potatoes, my husband was skeptical. But it only took one attempt to make him a believer. The garlic becomes soft and easily mashable but still very flavorful. A much better option that having small minced bits of raw garlic in your mash, using powdered garlic or having to go through the trouble of roasting garlic. And while I am not trying to hide the cauliflower, it is virtually indistinguishable from the potato texture-wise. I love adding vegetables to mashed potatoes because it eliminates the need for a second side dish.