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Faux Mashed Potatoes

Ever been asked that somewhat overused icebreaker question “If you could only choose one food for the rest of your life what would it be?”  Well I have an answer.  The potato.  And cheese.   Potatoes with cheese.  That’s my answer.

In my opinion, the potato is the most wonderful food this good, green earth gives us.  You can do so much with it!  Baked, fried, mashed… hello?? the french fry?   All things delicious come from the potato in my opinion.  My dear husband,however, finds potatoes to be starchy.  I’m not sure what the deal with starch is, but I know Jeff doesn’t like to have a whole lot of it, which really puts a crimp in my potato side dish options.

I was reading through my most recent Readers Digest and saw a mention for faux mashed potatoes.  “This could be my ticket!” I thought.  I was intrigued so I did a google search to find out what this was all about.  Below is the recipe I came up with from about.com for Faux Mashed Potatoes

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets (discard core and large stems)
  • 1 (14 ounces) can chicken or vegetable broth (or homemade – about 1-3/4 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions, white and green parts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Place cauliflower florets in a large saucepan. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until very tender, about 12 minutes.
  2. Drain thoroughly through a fine sieve and return to the pot over low heat. Cook about 2 more minutes to dry out excess moisture, stirring constantly. (It’s okay that they break apart.)
  3. Pour cauliflower into food processor fitted with the metal blade. Add butter, cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, green onion, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pulse to combine. Reheat before serving, if necessary.

Tips I Learned Along The Way

  1. I didn’t use the chicken stock to boil the cauliflower.  I steamed the cauliflower instead.  I possibly should have tried to dry out the cauliflower a bit like the recipe recommends as I found my mixture to be somewhat loose.
  2. I only added sour cream and cheddar cheese as I had guests that could not eat all the ingredients listed.  I do think the green onion would be a delicious addition!
  3. You can make this a chuncky or creamy as you desire.  I made mine creamy but think leaving it a little more chuncky could have been good.

The Result

I thought these turned out pretty good!  They tasted almost exactly like mashed potatoes, however the consistency for me was a little off.  I think they turned out a bit more like instant mashed potatoes, but my guests for the night didn’t think so.  My Faux Mashed Potatoes will be making a reappearnce in the future!

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