Mashed Potatoes with Cauliflower Crumb Crust
The cauliflower crumb crust adds welcome crunchy texture and lovely buttery-parmesan flavor (with no bread!) to creamy mashed potatoes.
For the cauliflower crumb:
1/2 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets
1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
For the mashed potatoes:
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup half and half
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- For the cauliflower, place the florets in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the size of small grains of rice. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the cheese, oil, basil and salt. Spread onto a Farberware 9x13-Inch Baking Sheet in a single layer. Bake 10 minutes then stir the cauliflower. Bake an additional 8-10 minutes, stirring cauliflower again after 5 minutes, until golden brown (there may be spots that aren’t brown and that’s normal). Remove from the oven.
- Combine the potatoes in a Farberware 3-Qt Saucepan with enough cold water to cover by 2-inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, until the potatoes are very tender, 14-16 minutes. Drain the potatoes then return to the saucepan. Meanwhile, combine the half and half and butter in a Farberware 1-Qt Saucepan and heat over medium until the butter melts and the mixture is hot. Add the butter mixture, salt and pepper to the potatoes and mash until smooth.
- Transfer the potatoes to an au gratin dish. Top evenly with the cauliflower and serve warm.