Easy, delicious and healthy. And ready in less than 30 minutes! White-orange mashed cauliflower gratin can be eaten as a side dish or as a light lunch. Combined with the cheddar and the crunchy bacon strips it just tastes delicious! Finish with chives and enjoy!
White-orange mashed cauliflower gratin
- 250 gram cauliflower
- 2 cloves garlic
- 4 tablespoons buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- chives a handful
- 2 slices bacon
- 80 gram cheddar grated
- Clean the garlic cloves and the cauliflower and chop them roughly. Cook them for 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile bake the bacon until crispy. Cut it into strips. Chop the chives. Preheat the oven at 180°C.
- When tender, mash the cauliflower and add the buttermilk, butter, pepper, salt. Also add most of the chives. Keep some of them apart for garnishing at the end.
- Transfer the mashed cauliflower mix into oven dishes. Cover with a lot of cheddar and the bacon strips.
- Let it bake for 5 minutes in the oven, until the cheddar has melted.
- Finish with chives and serve while hot.
Mashed potatoes are probably the most popular of all mashed dishes. But there is so much more creative and delicious recipes you can make with mashed vegetables. For more inspiration take a look at these posts on surprising.recipes:
- Pure pumpkin puree
- Haddock with asparagus and bell pepper paste
- Parsley root puree
- Filled Belgian endives in prosciutto
Cauliflower is meanwhile available throughout the year, thanks to different methods of growing it in different seasons. You can also find it everywhere in the world. Even high in the Himalaya on trekking in Nepal we saw local people growing cauliflower.
Did you know that you can also use the leaves of the cauliflower? the thicker parts can be perfectly used in stir-fry dishes. the leaves themselves can be perfectly added to a stew.
The inspiration for this recipe comes originally from Skinnytaste. An American blog with great ideas for healthy recipes. In Dutch I found a lot of background information on cauliflower on the site groentegroente.nl. English sites for cauliflower inspiration are asweatpeachef and recipetips.com.