Side Dishes

Recipe—Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower Mash

As I’ve mentioned in some of my previous posts I am always looking for delicious low-carb recipes. One of my weaknesses is steak and potatoes. I will eat potatoes in any form. Mashed, au gratin, baked, you name it! One of the closest substitutions that I have found for potatoes when watching my carbs is cauliflower.  Last year I posted a recipe for loaded baked cauliflower. It is now by far my most popular recipe on my blog. (If you haven’t tried it, do. It is fantastic!) This is another wonderful cauliflower recipe I have been loving when I need something to replace those starchy potatoes. The mild roasted garlic flavor is not overpowering at all, and the Romano cheese is just right.  These flavors really are fantastic complements to the roasted cauliflower. Cauliflower is in season right now so it is incredibly affordable and a great addition to your dinner menu.

Note: This recipe can be made up to a day ahead of time and placed in an oven safe baking dish in the fridge until ready to eat. To reheat it, bake in the oven at 350º for 20–25 minutes or until hot all the way through. 

1 head of cauliflower, washed and broken up into florets
4–6 cloves garlic, peeled
4 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
4 tbsp butter
1/3 c heavy cream
1/3 c Romano cheese
2 green onions, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350º.
  • Lay out two large sheets of aluminum foil on top of each other.
  • Place the cauliflower florets and garlic cloves in the middle of the foil.
  • Drizzle with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 55–60 minutes or until the cauliflower is fork tender.
  • Place the roasted cauliflower and garlic in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the butter and cream.
  • Using an electric mixer or a hand held masher, mash the cauliflower until desired consistency. (Add more cream if needed.)
  • Stir in the Romano cheese and season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
  • Serve the mashed cauliflower and garnish with chopped green onions.
Dinners, Sauces

Recipe—Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Garlic Horseradish Cream Sauce

When it comes to Christmas dinner this girl loves her beef. Every year we either cook prime rib or beef tenderloin. This recipe calls for beef tenderloin but feel free to try the seasoning and sauce recipe with prime rib. Both turn out fantastic! I prepare this recipe every year and it has never disappointed. The roasted garlic horseradish sauce is spectacular! For lunch the next day spread some of the sauce on a roll with leftover meat and there will be fireworks in your mouth. Oh how I can’t wait for Christmas dinner and the leftovers that come with!

Note: I recommend making the sauce the night before so that it has time to chill and thicken. This large of a tenderloin will serve 12–16 people. Plan on 1/3–1/2 lb per person. Feel free to half the rub recipe and use a 3 lb tenderloin but be sure to adjust the cooking times. The temperature is really what you need to pay attention to.

1 large head of garlic, left intact
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 c heavy cream
1/4 c drained bottled horseradish
1/8 tsp white pepper


  • Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400°.
  • Cut off and discard top fourth of garlic head and place on a large sheet of foil.
  • Drizzle exposed garlic with oil and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt.
  • Wrap the seasoned garlic head tightly in foil.
  • Roast garlic until tender, about 1 hour, then open foil and allow to cool.
  • While garlic is cooling, simmer the cream in a heavy saucepan, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 3/4 c, about 20–25 minutes, then transfer to a bowl.
  • Squeeze the garlic cloves into a small bowl, discarding skins, and mash together with horseradish, pepper, and the remaining 1/2 tsp of salt.
  • Stir the garlic mixture into the cream.
  • Chill until ready to use.

1 (6 lb) beef tenderloin roast, tied
1 c cracked black pepper
4 tsp granulated beef bouillon
4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp paprika
2 tbsp olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 475°.
  • Pat tenderloin dry.
  • Stir together pepper, bouillon, salt, cornstarch, oregano, garlic powder, and paprika in a small bowl.
  • Rub oil over tenderloin, and then cover with seasoning mixture, rubbing it into meat.
  • Put tenderloin on a rack in the roasting pan and roast for 15 minutes.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 425° and cook until thermometer inserted into the center of the meat registers 130° for medium rare, probably 50–60 minutes.
  • Let beef stand on rack in pan for 10 minutes before carving.
  • Cut beef into 1/4-inch thick slices and serve with the roasted garlic horseradish cream sauce.