May 24, 2019
One of our restaurant fans, Suzy Lopez, sent me a Facebook message yesterday asking if I would share our Broccoli-Cauliflower Mash recipe. We always share our recipes. It is a pet-peeve of mine when people refuse to share recipes. And by the way, this was the most requested side dish at Bailey’s restaurant. Even beat out our luscious buttery mashed potatoes.
It actually was created by my dad. When I was around 10 years old – my mom was visiting relatives in Boston (where she was from); and one night, us 3 kids were screaming for mac and cheese. This was way before they had such stuff in a blue box. Lo and behold, my dad wanted to accommodate his “chill-ren’s” but had no macaroni. He did however have American cheese and cauliflower. He secretly put the two together, with a bit of butter – and PERFECTO – cauliflower mash. He actually told us it was mac and cheese, and we couldn’t tell the difference. Honestly. I was 18 before I realized it…just kidding on that one.
During the restaurant years, I added broccoli – and it was an instant hit. It makes a super Thanksgiving side dish.
(Yields 16 – ½ cup orders)
- 1 ½ gallons water
- 3 tablespoons salt
- 1 pound broccoli florets
- 1 pound cauliflower florets
- ¼ pound butter
- 1 ½ pounds American cheese
Bring water and salt to a full rolling boil. Put the cauliflower and broccoli in the boiling water and bring back to a boil, cook for approximately 5 minutes or until it is fork tender. You do not want to cook it so long as to discolor the broccoli – you want to keep the bright green.
Drain completely. Do not rinse. Add butter to empty pot on very low heat. Add broccoli cauliflower and layer 8 slices of American cheese at a time and stir with a metal spoon. Repeat until all the American cheese is incorporated. You want the broccoli cauliflower to have small ½” inch bite texture but not pureed.
Keep small amounts in a sixth pan on steam table…only put amounts you will need for each lunch or dinner shift. It should not sit on steam table longer than a couple hours at a time. Reheat in pot on stove on low heat, do not bring to a boil.