The Perfect Dish?

November 28, 2007 at 1:31 pm 16 comments

Sweet Potato & Cauliflower Mash 

Here we are at the end of the autumn season (in my book, winter officially starts December 1st).   In case you weren’t around back at the start of the autumn season, I’d like to revisit the value of roasting vegetables in the grander scheme of a recipe.  Yes, roasting is more time consuming than the boiling usually called for in recipes such as the one for this tasty mash.  But it intensifies the natural flavors of the vegetables and also infuses them with the flavors of whatever herbs and seasonings you may be using.  In this case, instead of just watered down sweet potato and cauliflower flavors, you get sweeter notes from the roasted potatoes, caramelized hints from the roasted garlic, and a much more robust whiff of mellowed garlic and delicate marjoram. 

Cauliflower, garlic, scallion, and sweet potato

Gosh, I shouldn’t write these things over my lunch hour.  I’m wishing I hadn’t eaten all of this mash for dinner last night so right about now I’d have had some for leftovers.

The best thing about this dish was that besides the roasting, which you can walk away from to go take a shower or clean the cats’ litter box or finally root through your crisper drawer and toss out the stuff that’s gotten shriveled, it was fast and left only one dirty bowl in the sink.

Cauliflower and sweet potato ready to roast

Wait.  I lied.  The very best thing about this dish is how “good for you” it is.  You’ve got the beta carotene of the sweet potatoes, which is your starch for the meal.  You’ve got the vitamin C of the cauliflower, which is your veggie for the meal.  And since these two ingredients were roasted, there was no water to leech away the majority of these vitamins.  Then you’ve got your bacon for protein and the sour cream for calcium/dairy.  If you use the soy bacon and the fat free sour cream I suggest, the fat content is minimal and only the healthy kind to boot. 

Wait.  Sorry, I lied again.  The very very best thing about this dish is how it tastes and looks!  You would never guess this is one of the healthiest dishes I’ve put up on the blog (and there are a bunch to compete for that title). You’ll be charmed by how colorful and aromatic it is. 

And that’s no lie!

Roasted veggies

Adapted from Food Cures: Treat Common Health Concerns, Look Younger & Live Longer

1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1/2 a head of cauliflower, cut into florets
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 t. dried marjoram
salt and freshly grated black pepper
1/2 c. vegetable broth, heated
3 T. fat-free sour cream
8 strips of soy or regular bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 scallion, thinly sliced into rounds

Pre-heat oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with foil.  Place potato cubes and cauliflower florets on baking sheet and drizzle with oil.  Toss to coat and sprinkle with garlic, nutmeg, marjoram, salt and pepper.  Toss again, cover with foil and bake in oven for 20-30 minutes until vegetables are soft.  Remove foil and roast for another 3-5 minutes to allow vegetables to brown just a bit.

When vegetables are done roasting, place in a medium bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher.  Stir in heated vegetable broth and mash vegetables some more.  Stir in sour cream and taste.  Adjust seasoning as needed.  Fold in bacon crumbles.  Top with scallion and serve immediately.

(serves 2)

Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Mash


Entry filed under: Recipes, Veggies w/ Protein.

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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. taylor  |  November 28, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    That kinda looks like tuna salad…but I’m hungry and want a sandwich…

  • 2. Jennie  |  November 28, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Ha! That’s funny. It didn’t look like tuna salad in person…it’s very orange. 🙂

  • 3. Patricia Scarpin  |  November 29, 2007 at 7:17 am

    It looks delicious!
    Roasted vegetables are always winners to me!

  • 4. Jennie  |  November 29, 2007 at 7:26 am

    Thanks, Patricia!

  • 5. Christine  |  December 1, 2007 at 9:09 am

    This is so interesting. I think I do have a head of cauliflower kicking around my fridge somewhere. I’ve meant to try roasting it, but hadn’t thought of adding in other vegetables too. I’m on it!

  • 6. Jennie  |  December 2, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    Can’t wait to hear what you think of it, Christine! A coworker said she was going to try it with roasted carrots instead of the sweet potato…just an idea if you don’t have a sweet potato on hand. 🙂

  • 7. gintoino  |  December 4, 2007 at 10:58 am

    Great recipe. Tryed it last night (replaced mangerone for fresh oregano and used chives in place of scalion) Turned out to be very nice.
    Congratulations for your blog, just discovered it a few days ago, but love it!

  • 8. Jennie  |  December 4, 2007 at 11:54 am

    Welcome, Gintoino! So glad you liked this dish! The oregano and chives were a nice change. Thanks for the compliments and the comment. 🙂

  • 9. malauer  |  February 11, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Jennie, I have no idea how I got to your blog but I saved this particular recipe because I just knew it would be fabulous. I made it this morning and ijust finished eating it for lunch. Excellent! While the veggies were roasting I checked out your other blog entries and I see many more recipes I will be trying in the future. Thank you for sharing!

  • 10. Jennie  |  February 11, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Malauer – So glad you liked it as much as I did! Isn’t it so satisfying for something so healthy? Please do try other recipes and let me know how you like them. I love getting feedback! 🙂

  • 11. Val  |  February 12, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    made this tonight. used shallots and yogurt instead of scallions and sour cream. Yum!

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  • 14. brannyboilsover  |  August 17, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    This looks sooooo wonderful!!

  • 15. amy  |  December 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Tried this last night. It was so yummy my meat-and-potatoes dad ate it as well as my 3 year old! Thanks for the great recipe. I ended up boiling the cauliflower so it would be a smoother texture (dealing with picking people!) and it was still delicious.


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