But, alas, with restricting my carbs it means that I can't enjoy potatoes very often. What's a potato fiend to do? Well, you find a substitute.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you one of your new best friends…the cauliflower.
Wait, wait, don't run away screaming into the night. Just hear me out on this…I'll make a believer out of you!
So, like a lot of people, I always detested cauliflower.
Look at it..smug, seemingly unassuming, taunting me with it's very existence, looking alarmingly like an albino brain.
Is it any wonder I disliked it? It's so thoroughly unappealing.
I finally got brave after about 4 months of going sans spud on paleo/primal, and made an attempt at mock mashed potatoes.
4 months, people.
That's pretty hardcore for a spud-lover!
I confess, I had my nose wrinkled the entire time I made the mock mash. Not only does cauliflower have that 'certain smell' to it, but there was quite a bit of doubt and a healthy dose of distaste at the entire process.
BUT! The end result was that it tasted AWESOME… close enough in texture and taste to the real thing that it made me an instant fan, and turned my entire opinion of cauliflower (almost) completely inside out.
I searched around for a couple other versions of a mock mashed potatoes recipe, because the one I had used wasn't quite 'the ultimate', in my opinion…and then I found the recipe for "Better than Potatoes" Cheesy Cauliflower Puree at I Breathe…I'm Hungry..
This is it, ladies and gents. The pretty-much hands-down definitive faux-tato recipe that's rich, creamy, and tasty.
You want to try it. You, you disbelievers, you know that deep down you need to try this substitute for yourself, just to know. You want to be wowed.
You will be!
Okay, lets get to it already!
Chop that albino brain up into chunks and toss it into a microwave-safe bowl, and add some butter and a little heavy whipping cream.
Attention people at Prairie Farms: If you wondered if I would like some free pints of heavy whipping cream in return for this picture post on my blog of limited readership…why, yes. Yes, I would. Quarts would be welcome too, if you're feeling generous.
So we take the cauliflower and cream and butter and nuke it in the microwave for about 5 minutes.
How do you like this gratuitous 'action shot' of the cauliflower in the microwave? Nice, eh?
Hey, cut me some slack. It's late, I'm tired, my brain shut off 3 hours ago, and I'm trying to appease one-of-my-two loyal readers who is clamoring for more photos.
You're welcome, Dave. Now shut up.
Take the cauliflower out, mix it up the contents so it's coated with the butter and cream, and microwave for another 4 minutes on high.
If your cauliflower proves to be a tough-mother, like this one did, zap again in the microwave for another 4 minutes, or until it's soft enough that you can pierce the thick woody stems easily with a fork.
Give the mixture a few minutes to cool- 15 is good- and then dump it into your food processor.
Why let it cool? Well, when you take really hot foods and add them to a plastic container, your plastic will very likely split and crack, and then you're left with a hot creamy cauliflower-y mess leaking all over your counter while you curse fluently in at least one language.
What can I say…it's not my first mock-mashed-potato rodeo. Learn from my mistakes, people!
Now that you have your properly cooled-yet-still-rather-warm stuff in the food processor, add in your cheese (a high quality freshly grated sharp cheese is highly recommended!) and give it a good whirl for a couple minutes until the cauliflower is pureed nice and smooth.
Top with gravy, and enjoy.
Cheesy Cauliflower 'Mashed Potatoes'
Clean and trim the cauliflower, breaking it into medium sized pieces.
Place in a microwave safe bowl with 2 Tbl of cream and 1 Tbl of butter.
Microwave, uncovered, on high for five minutes.
Stir to coat cauliflower with cream/butter mixture.
Microwave for another 4 minutes on high.
If needed, stir again and microwave another 2-4 minutes until soft.
Remove from the microwave and put into a high speed blender or food processor along with the cheese.
Puree until smooth.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
adapted from the recipe "Better than Potatoes" Cheesy Cauliflower Puree recipe at I Breathe…I'm Hungry…Pin It