Dill-Havarti Mashed Cauliflower

March/April 2012

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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

Makes: 6 servings, about 3/4 cup each

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


  1. 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
  2. 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).


Per serving: 135 calories; 9 g fat (6 g sat, 2 g mono); 29 mg cholesterol; 8 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 7 g protein; 3 g fiber; 287 mg sodium; 460 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (117% daily value), Folate (21% dv), Calcium (19% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 high fat meat

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