Mashed cauliflower makes simple side dish

| Saturday, May 17, 2014, 8:39 p.m.

This recipe for mashed cauliflower, spiked with dill and havarti cheese, makes a simple side dish for a weeknight dinner. The low-calorie cauliflower complements the rich creaminess of havarti.

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Dill-Havarti Mashed Cauliflower

Active time: 20 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Water, for steaming

8 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 large head)

4 cloves garlic, peeled

1 cup grated dill havarti or cheddar cheese

14 cup low-fat milk

1 tablespoon butter, cubed

1 teaspoon dried dill

14 teaspoon salt

14 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons sliced chives or sliced green onion

Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a Dutch oven fitted with a steamer basket. Add the cauliflower and garlic, cover and steam until very tender, for 10 to 14 minutes

Transfer the cauliflower and garlic to a food processor. Add the cheese, milk, butter, dill, salt and pepper; puree until smooth. Stir in the chives (or green onion).

Makes 6 servings, about 34 cup each.

Nutrition information per serving: 135 calories, 9 grams fat (6 grams saturated), 29 milligrams cholesterol, 7 grams protein, 8 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams dietary fiber, 287 milligrams sodium

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