My mom makes uh-mazing mashed potatoes! Seriously. They’re the best ever. I commented on how much I like them this past Thanksgiving, and she told me I wouldn’t want to know what’s in them…
Errrr! Back up a second. I’m all about cheat meals and celebrating holidays, but on a day-to-day basis, I really don’t need the extra starch and calories…especially in the evening (when I’m most likely to eat mashed potatoes).
Therefore, I give you…Cauliflower Faux Mashed Potatoes!
Do they taste like mom’s? Well. Not exactly. But I do love the texture & enjoy the taste in general! Just know they’re not quite the same.
I’ve made these a few different times now; here is the best outcome.
Start by chopping a head of cauliflower. Never done this before?! Me either. Apparently (according to youtube) it’s best to start from the back/bottom by slicing off the bigger chunks then working your way to the smaller ones. I chose to use two different sized knives to accomplish this task.
Next, chop the cauliflower into small pieces. And place in tupperwear. This is one thing I did differently this time and enjoyed: I added olive oil, a little bit of pepper, and a little bit of garlic then shook to flavor cauliflower. Feel free to use any seasonings you’d like….I’m not much of a seasoning guru (unlike my better half).
Toss seasoned cauliflower into steamer basket and steam for 12 minutes once water is boiling.
Once steamed, throw cauliflower into blender with veggie or chicken stock and minced garlic. I personally don’t mind the garlic from a jar; it definitely adds moisture to the mix. Feel free to go the real route if you’d like.
The blending isn’t as simple as making a quick smoothie. It’s important to stop periodically to let the steam out of the top as well as use a spoon to push cauliflower off the walls and into blender. Blend to your desired consistency.
The cauliflower does cool after all the blending and typically needs to be reheated. Feel free to heat in the microwave or stovetop. Sprinkle with chives for presentation.
Full Recipe: Makes two servings
1 head of cauliflower
1 tsp olive oil
dash of pepper & garlic powder (or seasoning of your choice)
3 tablespoons of veggie/chicken stock (add as needed to create perfect texture)
1 tbs minced garlic
Chop cauliflower. Shake chopped cauliflower with olive oil and spices in closed tupperwear container. Steam cauliflower for 12 minutes.
Blender cauliflower, veggie/chicken stock, and garlic. Periodically stop blender to let out steam and push cauliflower from walls back down into blender.
Reheat cauliflower. Add chives for presentation.