Friday, January 24, 2014

Tasty Delights-- Mashed "Potato" Cauliflower

Tasty Delights and Dazzling Disasters is all about playing in the kitchen and having some fun.

I'll share my delights or my disasters. Yall feel free to join in and create your own posts, share your favorite recipes, what have you. 

Mashed potatoes are my downfall. I'd so eat them every day if I could. 
But, alas, trying to be good so that's not happening.
I kept seeing mashed cauliflower toted as the thing to try for a substitute so gave it a go. 
Not bad. Not mashed potatoes. But not bad. 

Okay. Second try wasn't bad. First try *hangs head* not so much.

Most of the recipes I read just called for boiling in water. 
I opted for veggie broth for a little extra flavor.
You can use regular milk as well. My options were heavy cream or vanilla soy milk.
So, yeah, heavy cream it was. lol I so made the mistake of making mac&cheese using the vanilla soy milk once and *that* will NEVER be done again ::shudder::

Chop up your cauliflower into small bites and boil in veggie broth. 
I had to add just a bit of water so all of the cauliflower would be covered.

So this is where attempt one failed. I so didn't boil it long enough and the end product was more like grits which this Southern girl does NOT like. That texture just doesn't work for me. So, lesson learned. Boil the ever living hell out of the cauliflower. :)

Once your cauliflower has been boiled and drained (save that broth) use a blender to blend milk/butter and cauliflower. Blend until it's the right consistency. You can add a bit of broth if it's too thick. 

Add a little salt and pepper to taste and...mashed cauliflower. 
It's not bad. It does the trick if you're wanting some mashed potatoes but a little healthier.
But you can still very much tell it's cauliflower. It's not quite the right consistency and, well, it smells like cauliflower. But it's a nice alternative I think especially for those who do enjoy cauliflower. 

Do you have a favorite substitute food?

Mashed Cauliflower Recipe (for a printable recipe click HERE)

Vegetable broth (or water if you prefer)
1 head cauliflower
1 tablespoon butter
splash of heavy cream or milk
  • Cut cauliflower into small pieces
  • Fill pot with cauliflower and cover with vegetable broth (add extra water until cauliflower is covered)
  • Boil 10-12 minutes or until cauliflower is very tender
  • Drain cauliflower but save broth 
  • Using a blender blend cauliflower, milk and butter until pureed. 
  • If mixture is too thick use vegetable broth to cut it 
  • Add salt and pepper to taste

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