July 3, 2014 at 1:00 am

Herb, cheese transform mashed cauliflower

Low-calorie cauliflower complements the rich creaminess of havarti cheese. (Ken Burris / EatingWell)

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 cheese.

Dill-Havarti Mashed Cauliflower

8 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 large head)
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup grated dill havarti or Cheddar cheese
cup low-fat milk
1 tablespoon butter, cubed
1 teaspoon dried dill
teaspoon salt
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons sliced chives or scallion greens

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

Transfer the cauliflower and garlic to a food processor. Add cheese, milk, butter, dill, salt and pepper; puree until smooth. Stir in chives (or scallion greens). Makes 6 servings, about cup each.

Per serving: 135 calories; 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat; 60 percent calories from fat); 8 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugar; 29 mg cholesterol; 287 mg sodium; 7 g protein; 3 g fiber.