What’s Cookin’ – Mock Mashed Potatoes (Cauliflower)

A very popular recipe on low carb diets is one for mashed cauliflower.  The South Beach Diet has one.  Weight Watchers has one.  There are a number of ways to make them with varying amounts of herbs, garlic, onions, and other ingredients.

This is a nice way to serve cauliflower regardless of whether or not you are dieting.  Steaming and mashing the cauliflower is a good way to get those veggie-haters in your family to try them as they are much milder in this form.

Well, my kids still don’t like cauliflower this way, but hubby does!  He always looks at me suspiciously, when I serve them, because he knows they are not “real” mashed potatoes, but something different.  He thinks I’m trying to sneak something new onto his plate.  Well, that is sometimes true, but he does like these along with his protein aka meat.  Hurray for me – I got him to eat a veggie!

My recipe serves two but is easily multiplied to make more servings.

Here is how I make them.

Mock Mashed Potatoes ingredients.  (I forgot the butter.  Please pretend that the butter is in the picture.  Thank you.)

Steam the cauliflower until tender.  Dump into the bowl of your food processor.

I steam my cauliflower in the microwave.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Allow to sit another 3 minutes.  I do not add water, but I do use a veggie steamer designed for the microwave.  You may need to adjust the times and add water depending on how your microwave works and what type of container you are using.  You want the cauliflower to be tender enough to mash.  Make sure to drain the cauliflower before mashing or the end result will be runny.

I love my food processor and use it all the time, but if you don’t have one you can use a regular potato masher.

Here is what they look like after pulsing a few times in the food processor.

The more you pulse, the smoother the cauliflower.  I actually like mine to have a little texture.

Heat the cream just to a boil, add the butter, and combine.  I use the microwave.

You can use cream, low fat cream, half & half, or milk.  Whatever you have on hand will work.  I like cream because . . . well . . . it makes the cauliflower creamy!

Add the cream, butter, cheese, salt and pepper to the bowl of the food processor and pulse a few more times to combine.

If you like garlic, onion, or herbs in your cauliflower, feel free to add them, too.  I like the taste of cauliflower so I like to keep the ingredients simple.

The beauty of this recipe is that it takes only a few minutes to make.  You can make them in advance and put them aside until you are ready to eat. 

Here is what they look like.

Cauliflower is one of those veggies that reheats nicely in the microwave.  If you are reheating in the microwave, it only takes a minute.

Mock Mashed Potatoes (Cauliflower) – ready to eat.


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