Yes, you read correctly – faux potatoes. I’m not talking about the box of potato powder that only needs water to create a pasty substance, like potato glue. What I am referring to is creating creamed potatoes without using potatoes. I know, I know, sounds crazy right? But it’s true. How did this kitchen miracle come to be? By using that lowly, sometimes condemned to party tray, vegetable – the cauliflower. Cool huh?
On a low-carb diet? Fauxtatoes! Want to trick the kids into eating something different? Fauxtatoes! Lower calories and better for you. Fauxtatoes! I was doubtful the first time I made them and now, I’m hooked. Sure, you have to add a little butter to add flavor but you would do that with your mashed potatoes anyway. So all things equal (minus butter and half & half), 1 cup of potatoes has 115 calories and 26 carbs, whereas 1 cup of cauliflower has 28 calories and 6 carbs. I don’t claim to be a nutritionist but whowza! that’s a big difference.
Fauxtatoes (aka Mashed Cauliflower)
2 small heads of cauliflower
2 cloves garlic, whole
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons half & half
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon cracked pepper
Cut the cauliflower in uniform chunks and place in a large sauce pan with two cloves of garlic and salt.
Add the water and cover the pan with a lid. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium. Stirring occasionally, continue to cook until the cauliflower is soft, approximately 15-20 minutes.
Remove any excess water by straining in a colander. Combine the cauliflower, butter, half & half, and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until smooth. Add salt to taste. (Don’t have a food processor? Do it the old-fashion way and use a potato masher or mixer.)
Impress your friends! Confuse your kids! Make something good for you! How? Fauxtatoes! Think about it – we are all trying to eat a little better after the holidays. This is a way to reduce the calories without reducing taste. At least it’s not a tofu recipe. UGH.