It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe. These past few months have been very hectic, moving out of my parent’s house, settling into the new place, and studying for the GMATs. Anyways, I have been searching for an alternative to mashed potatoes, because every time I eat a bowl of it I get that heavy bloated feeling in my stomach…then just sink into the sofa with a food coma. There are those days when everyone just needs a big bowl of some sort of comfort food and a big fluffy blanket to cuddle up in while watching Netflix. However, sometimes I’d like to enjoy eating mashed potatoes and still have the energy to go about my day…I’ve finally found an alternative! It’s using cauliflower to make mock mashed potatoes, crazy right? That’s what I thought when I was reading up on this.
After making this, and eating a nice heaping amount of this, I’ve gotta say it tastes a lot like regular mashed potatoes. It has the same smooth consistency and the nice cheesy taste of real mashed potatoes. You all need to try this, and this definitely lowers your carb intake for all of those trying to eat a little healthier! 🙂
Yields 2 Servings
Here are the ingredients for Mock Mashed Potatoes:
1/2 head of cauliflower (roughly chopped) or 1/2 bag of frozen cauliflower
2-3 lightly smashed cloves of roasted or sautéed garlic cloves or 1-2 tsp of garlic powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp of cream cheese
1/8 of a cup of milk
1/4- 1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan Reggiano or whatever cheese you’d like! (I used a mixture of parm and asiago)
Step 1: Preheat oven to 375. Remove however many garlic cloves from the entire bulb you want.
Step 2: Keep the garlic skin on!
Step 3: Put aluminum foil and garlic on a baking sheet, drizzle on some olive oil & bake for about 30 minutes
Step 1: Heat up some olive oil in a small non-stick pan on medium low. Lightly smash the garlic cloves and remove the skin
Step 2: Put in olive oil and lightly sauté for about 5 minutes.
Mock Garlic Mashed Potatoes Directions:
Step 1: If using roasted garlic, follow directions for this first. (directions above). Then, boil a pot of water for your cauliflower.
Step 2: First you need to prepare the cauliflower by removing the bottom steam part, then roughly chop it so each piece is about the same size in order to ensure same cooking time.
Step 3: Once the water is boiling, add about 1 tbsp of salt to the water, then add your chopped up cauliflower. Cook for about 7-10 minutes. Meanwhile, using a saucepan heat the milk and red pepper flakes up to a light simmer on medium low-heat (when you see little bubbles on the edge). If sautéing garlic, you should do this now (directions above).
Step 4: When milk is at a light simmer, shut off the flame. Drain the cauliflower and try to remove all excess water.
*You can add however much garlic or cheese you’d like!*
Step 5: While cauliflower is still hot, add to food processor as well as the garlic (sautéed/roasted/powder), cream cheese, grated cheese, salt, and pepper.
Step 6: Pulse for a little bit, then blend until it has a smooth consistency. If the mixture seems a little dry, this is when you can add a little bit of the warmed up milk as you blend the “mashed potatoes”
You’re finished! You can add a little bit more cheese on top when serving or some freshly chopped chives if you want. For me, I have this love for all kinds of cheese, especially some good ol’ parm so I added more cheese on top when I made my bowl.
You have now completed the recipe! It doesn’t matter if yours doesn’t look like the picture or looks completely different. That’s the beauty of cooking, everyone has their own interpretation of a dish/ recipe. As long as it tastes great, you learned new techniques and learned from your mistakes that’s all that matters!
For example, my mock mashed potatoes ended up being a bit dry when blending, so I had to quickly heat up some milk and add it to the food processor to make it creamy again. This is why I love cooking, it doesn’t have to be exact to the dot. If you mess up a bit, there should be a way to fix it.
I hope you all enjoyed this recipe, please feel free to comment on this post 🙂 Thank You!!