Rather than monolithic, homogeneous dishes, my preference tends to dishes which contain ingredients which both complement and contrast each other. This one has cold-warm, acidic-neutral, and velvety-crispy. And it is very healthy! The chilled tomato parsley puree is delightful on its own, but paired with the warm sweet potato and cauliflower mash… the taste/texture/temperature sensation is divine.
The sweet potato and cauliflower mash is a healthy replacement for a potato mash. Potato is not as interesting or healthy, but it does work well in this dish if that is your preference or that is what you have available.
There is a whole head of garlic in this dish. Don’t let that put you off if you are not a garlic lover. It is roasted in foil for an hour which transforms the raw garlic into something quite sweet and subtle. Give it a try. Garlic is so good for you.
Sweet potato and cauliflower mash with a chilled tomato and parsley puree topped with crispy parsnip
- 1 head of garlic
For the tomato puree
- 3 large tomatoes
- 1 large red pepper
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 5 - 8 cloves roasted garlic About 1/2 the head of garlic we roasted
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup parsley stalks removed and finely chopped
For the sweet potato and cauliflower mash
- 2 medium sweet potatos
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 10 g butter
- 5 - 8 cloves roasted garlic the other half of the head of the roasted garlic
- 1/4 cup parsley
- 2 parsnips for the parsnip spears
Wrap the head of garlic in foil, together with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Wash, halve and trim the red peppers. Smear with olive oil. Roast both for 60 minutes at 200 deg C.
Pour boiling water over tomatoes and let them sit for 15 minutes
Remove any burnt skin from the roasted peppers
Drain the tomatoes, remove the skins and hard stalk from the centre.
Add lemon juice.
Squeeze the roasted garlic from the skins and add 1/2 to the tomato mixture. Retain the other half for the mash.
Puree all with an immersion blender. Add a little water to make it more soup like if necessary
Add salt and pepper to taste, and 1/2 cup of finely chopped parsley. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Sweet potato and cauliflower mash
Boil sweet potato and cauliflower, adding 1/2 tsp salt to the water
Allow sweet potato and cauliflower to cool a bit then mash together with the butter and other half of the roast head of garlic.
Keep warm in a 130 degC oven, or reheat later.
Just before serving, gently stir in the other half cup of finely chopped parsley.
Fry parsnip spears in oil until brown and crispy. Drain.
Reheat mash and gently stir in parsley and garlic mixture.
Spoon mash into the middle of the plate.
Pour chilled tomato soup around the mash.
Top with the crispy parsnips.