Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Recipe of the Week: Cauliflower "Mashers"







 i love mashed potatoes, but i don't love all the carbs (and weight watchers points) that come with them. i've seen many recipes that use cauliflower as a substitution for potatoes, so i decided to give it a shot for a recent lunch party. these cauliflower "mashers" were a hit and i got multiple requests for the recipe. i used bacon and ranch for the main flavor, but you can use the cauliflower as the base and add whatever seasoning you like (rosemary, plain butter, etc).



Cauliflower "Mashers"

Servings: 10

- 1 head fresh cauliflower
- 1 tablespoon 1/3 less fat cream cheese
- 1/8 cup reduced fat parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese (set aside in two 1/4 portions)
- 1/8 cup 30% less fat bacon bits
- 1 tablespoon hidden valley ranch seasoning
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup diced green onion
- table salt
- black pepper

the first step is to wash your cauliflower, break off the heads and put them in a pot of water. bring water to a boil.


boil, boil, toil & trouble!


boil for about 6-8 minutes and then drain. pat the cauliflower dry using paper towel. when most of the water on the cauliflower has been soaked up, blend up the cauliflower in a food processor. you can try using a mixer but you'll have to mix very thoroughly to get the cauliflower to a mashed potato type consistency.


when the cauliflower is well blended, add all of the above ingredients EXCEPT FOR the bacon, chives and one of the 1/4 cup cheddar cheese reserves. when all your ingredients are in, mix them up (aka process them, or mix them again).


before mixing


after mixing

scoop the mashers from the food processor or mixer, and place in your serving bowl. i put my mashers in a pyrex to be warmed in the oven until the party. next add in the bacon bits, the green onion and the second 1/4 cup shredded cheese - stir well.


if you aren't serving for awhile, keep in the oven on warm!


the mashers can be easily served to a group of ten, but i made two batches (using two heads of cauliflower) to serve roughly 20 folks. if you want to make more, just double my recipe above!


party mashers - enjoy!


bon appetit! and let me know if you make any other variations using cauliflower. share the recipe knowledge wealth ;)


3 comments:

  1. These actually sound really good- I'm not a fan of cauliflower so I am a little nervous about trying a recipe such as this- but oh, how I miss those carbs!

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    1. Give them a try! You would've even know its cauliflower - can't taste it!

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  2. Yum! I've actually grown to love cauliflower, but I haven't tried any mashed cauliflower recipes. I'll have to give this a go!

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