Spinach and Feta Mashed Cauliflower

Spinach and Feta Mashed Cauliflower
I know I seem to say this a lot but I can't believe that it is fall already and what's more is that this weekend is the Canadian Thanksgiving already! With that in mind I just had to share some Thanksgiving recipe ideas and since creative side dishes are what I enjoy most about a Thanksgiving feast I started with this spinach and feta mashed cauliflower. Mashed cauliflower is a healthy and light alternative to mashed potatoes and when you jazz them up with things like spinach and feta they become an absolute delight that could easily outshine the main on your dinner plate. The flavours in this mashed cauliflower are based on spanakopita a Greek spinach and feta phyllo pie with fresh herbs like dill and green onions. Normally mashed potatoes are made nice and creamy with the addition of heavy/whipping cream and/or sour cream, cream cheese and loads of butter but I went with creamy Greek style yogurt and a touch of butter to keep things lighter. Whether you are serving this spinach and feta mashed cauliflower at a Thanksgiving dinner or just any old weeknight dinner, they are super quick and easy and just packed with flavour!


Spinach and Feta Mashed Cauliflower
Spinach and Feta Mashed Cauliflower

Spinach and Feta Mashed Cauliflower

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Servings: 8

Mashed cauliflower is a great alternative to mashed potatoes and this mashed cauliflower is packed with flavour with spinach and feta, styled after the Greek spinach and feta pie, spanakopita.

ingredients
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream or cream cheese
  • 5 ounces spinach (cooked fresh cooked or thawed frozen), squeezed of excess liquid and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta, crumbled
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons dill, chopped or 2 teaspoons dried dill
  • milk to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
directions
  1. Place the cauliflower in a steamer over boiling water and steam until fork tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Mash the cauliflower with a masher or in a food processor.
  3. Mix in the butter, greek yogurt, spinach, feta, green onion and dill along with enough milk to bring the mashed cauliflower to the desired consistency before seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

Option: Replace the dill with parsley or omit.
Option: Steam some cloves of garlic along with the cauliflower and mash them into the cauliflower.
Option: Cook and mash the cauliflower a day or two ahead of time and simply warm and mix everything in when ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 81, Fat 5.2g (Saturated 3.4g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 16mg, Sodium 165mg, Carbs 5.8g (Fiber 2.4g, Sugars 2.5g), Protein 4.2g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

25 comments:

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

Hurray for Thanksgiving! This sounds like the perfect side for this coming weekend.

Tina Muir said...

Oh this sounds wonderful! I have yet to try mashed cauliflower, but it is on my list. This would be wonderful! I especially love that you combined it with feta, sounds delicious! A great way to get those vitamins and minerals too, I am going to need it after the marathon!

Joanne said...

Just from looking at this, I would have never guessed it was cauliflower and not potatoes! Amazing.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

This is such a great idea and mouthwatering combination!

Cheers,

Rosa

Tieghan said...

Such a perfect Thanksgiving side and so healthy too! I can't believe it's cauliflower! :)

Dixya said...

delicious!!!

Aimée said...

My kind of side, Kevin!

We Are Not Martha said...

LOVE this idea!! Happy Thanksgiving to you :)

Sues

Elaine @ EffItLetsCook.com said...

That looks delicious! I've made mashed cauliflower before but was underwhelmed. I'll have to give this a try!

Catherine said...

A wonderful side; perfect for the holidays. Catherine

Sharon said...

Happy Thanksgiving, as a Canadian living in Maine I love that I get two Thanksgivings. I've made and enjoyed many of your recipes and three you just posted are on my list to make soon.

Allie BakingAMoment said...

This is such a fun idea, Kevin! So different and perfect for Thanksgiving ;)

Kathleen said...

Wow, this looks SO fantastic. Can't wait to try it. I've pinned some of your recipes and finally started subscribing to your blog so I don't miss any. Thanks for all the great food!

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Joanne said...

This looks so good! Thanks for all of your Thanksgiving recipes, too.

Anonymous said...

Omg this looks so yummy! I recently just got back to reality with being connected and went thru my Favorites box and found your amazing recipes. I am so happy I kept you saved in my favorites =0) Thanks again for another delicious recipe! Happy Thanksgiving

AC said...

Delicious. I'm French and obviously, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving but it was perfect for our Sunday meal. Even my kids (4 and 2) enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

This is the best vegetable dish I have ever tried.. it is on our menu. often

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Carole said...

This sounds amazing! And since I went a little overboard and bought three huge heads of cauli at the farm stand yesterday, this just might be a more immediate way to use some of it.

Anne C said...

Love that you list the nutrition values. Can you advise the serving size they are based on? It only lists "serves 8". Thanks

Anne C said...

Love that you list the nutrition values. Can you advise the serving size they are based on? It only lists "serves 8". Thanks

Kevin Lynch said...

Anne C: That is a 1/4lb or 1/3-1/2 cup serving.

Lexy said...

Kevin, you are the best...I'm so happy to see your numbers growing by leaps. If you are open to suggestions, I would love to see a gathering of all your 'MAKE AHEAD" RECIPES. All your individual topic cookbooks are great but I sure would love seeing something that has all recipes that can be prepared ahead of the meal/serving.

Kevin Lynch said...

Lexy: That's a great idea for a book, especially for busy work weeks and holiday dinners!

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