Thursday, March 12, 2015

Skinny Housewife...sort of?

I's a vegetable recipe!  BUT...there's a lot of cheese.  And, I'm just not a fan of "low fat" cheese.  If you are, go for it.  

This post was posted by Courtney Luper on FB, but there isn't a link to a website for the recipe.  So, that's as much credit as I can give for where this recipe originates.  *shrug*

Things I did differently (c' know I hardly ever make a recipe 'as is':)  

I loathe boiled cauliflower.  If you're a fan, go right ahead, but I can tell you that you're wrong.  To start with, I roasted the head of cauliflower because I think it makes the cauliflower YUM-tastic.  Roasting cauliflower is simple.  Cut it up, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, put in oven.  Done.  I roasted mine at 375 for 30 minutes.  Stirring it around every 10.  

Second, I didn't have "light cream" in fact, I had never heard of it.  But a quick google search told me that I could use milk with melted butter (1/4 cup/1 TBLS.)  That's what I did.  

Third, I rounded the parmesan up to 3 TBLS even.  And I threw in a handful of cheddar (it's what I had) because cheese.  

Lastly,  I didn't use a hand-mixer at all.  So, it's a chunky consistency, BUT I'm not trying to "hide" what it is....I'm making it for my mom and I (who both really like cauliflower.)  If I was making it to try to pass off to my non-cauli loving kids....I might actually mix it.  Instead, I just used my hand-masher and let it be.  

This was amazeballs.  Nothing short of amazeballs.  I LOVED it.  My mom LOVED it.  My non-cauli-loving husband said "that's pretty good."  See?  Amazeballs.

1 med/ large head of cauliflower chopped up small
5 oz Cream Cheese
1/4 cup light cream
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic 3/4 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
2 and 1/2 Tbs Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp Paprika
Non stick spray ( I used Olive oil spray)
Pre heat oven to 350°
Chop Cauliflower and add to a boiling pot of hot water and boil for 10- 12 minutes.
Drain cauliflower well. ( while draining in colander.. I push out any excess water out with paper towels.)
Meanwhile in a bowl combine the cream cheese, light cream, salt, garlic and Parmesan cheese and using hand mixer mix until blended... add cooked cauliflower and mash together with mixture. I then use hand mixed to mix ..leaving some small chunks and place into greased baking dish, top with cheese sprinkle with paprika and bake for 30 minutes or until cheese starts to lightly brown.

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