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Cauliflower Mash

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My food choices lately are really pretty uninteresting and I apologize for that, my food repertoire is not that varied. Right now I am eating what works for me and my schedule and my taste and maybe later I will do a little more experimentation. This is not a recipe, and I am sure that many of you have made or tasted cauliflower as a subsitute for potatoes. It looks just like them, and really tastes very close but doesn’t have the high carb count that potatoes do. I put butter and sour cream or cream in the cauliflower just like I do potatoes. I don’t really count carbs but as a comparison I wanted to see what the difference is. One cup of cooked or raw cauliflower is 5 carbs and 1 medium size potato is 37, big difference. If you have leftover mashed cauliflower you can make soup with it, simply add some vegetable or chicken stock or even water, heat it up and you have creamy cauliflower soup.

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I don’t know how cauliflower mash is usually prepared but here is what I did and it worked great.

Cauliflower Mash

Makes approximately 6-8 servings

1 large head cauliflower cleaned and cut into florets

3 tbs softened or room temperature butter (2 when you blend or process and one on top when serving)

approximately 1/4 cup hot cream, milk, half and half or sour cream (that has been brought to room temperature)

salt and pepper to taste

Place cauliflower florets in pot of salted water and boil until tender. Drain. Turn oven to 200 degree’s and put the cauliflower on a baking sheet. Place in the oven for about 45 minutes so that it dries out.  The reason for this step is that Cauliflower absorbs liquid almost like a sponge and if you process the cauliflower straight from the boiling water it will be more like soup.  NOTE: Alternately you can steam the cauliflower which would prevent it from absorbing so much water so the time in the oven to dry would be less, maybe 15 minutes.)

Put the cauliflower straight from the oven into the blender or food processor breaking it up into small pieces. add the butter, salt and pepper and a little cream or sour cream. Blend or process until smooth adding more cream as needed so that it’s the right consistency.

Dinner of roasted chicken, cauliflower mash and oven roasted asparagus

Dinner of roasted chicken, cauliflower mash and oven roasted asparagus

Percy is going to go to a Pug Meetup Halloween party next weekend and I am working on his costume, the cape was made by one of our Instagram friends at Fauxpaws Accessories. I am trying to find him a white tuxedo type bib to go underneath the cape and an amulet as well, I won’t push my luck with vampire teeth.

Notice a similarity?

Notice a similarity? Bela would be proud!

 

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  1. LOL. I think Percy is too sweet to manage that glare, but their mouths have a similar expression. 😀
    Thanks for reminding me of mashed cauliflower. I’ve been very vegetable challenged lately and that is a forgotten favorite of mine. Mega hugs!

    October 2, 2016
    • LOL, yes he manages the wide eyed innocent vampire look. Thanks Teagan, I love cauliflower and the mash is such a great sub for potatoes. Have a great week!!

      October 2, 2016
  2. A tuxedo bib…do just that go buy a baby bib then let your imagination run wild

    Vegetables are delicious
    I’m a big fan of veggies eat them any which way 🍆🍅🌽🍦…oh is ice cream a vegetable?

    HAPPY🍦SUNDAY🍦NIGHT to all

    October 2, 2016
    • Hey that’s a great idea a baby bib!!! Thank you for that. Yes me too love vegetables and have them every day. Ice cream is definitely a necessary food group 😃😃😃

      October 2, 2016
  3. Oh don’t apologize Suzanne, I practically drooled on my keyboard when I saw that melty pat of butter over the dish… YES PLEASE! I think sharing this method is great because I didn’t know about roasting it a bit to dry it out. Percy’s costume is awesome!! Gee I would do a guest post blog for you but I barely have time to post myself! (Especially now that I broke my finger in a freak (ok stupid) boat launch accident. I see a hand surgeon tomorrow.) xoxoxo

    October 2, 2016
    • Oh no, you broke a finger😔 happened to me a couple of years ago and I still can’t use the finger and its deformed looking. Everyone is so busy, well if I don’t get a guest post it will be more of my somewhat boring menu items, LOL!! Thanks Kathryn and hope the finger heals.

      October 2, 2016
      • It’s not my first one, I broke my pinky on the same hand a few years ago, and same thing, it’s bent and I can’t type with it anymore. At least it’s not my dominant hand! My typing is rather slow these days, lol. Thanks for the well wishes!

        October 2, 2016
  4. jacquie #

    love the dog picture 🙂 could you do the cauliflower just in the oven and skip the whole boiling/steaming part? why get another pan dirty?

    October 2, 2016
    • You could and I have done that. I washed it and steamed in the oven by covering the pan with foil. Works great thanks so much!

      October 2, 2016
  5. My husband just said “That cauliflower mash looks good!” 🙂 I agree!

    October 2, 2016
  6. Jocelyn #

    the mash and percy both look delicious! hugs to the snugglious pug.

    October 2, 2016
  7. Always available to do a guest post for you my friend. Say When! Yay to veggies! Yay to Mr. Percy. xo

    October 2, 2016
  8. Percy is such a cutie and I’m sure he will look mahvelous in the tux. I’d be happy to do a guest post if you’d like me to. I’ve always wanted to do the cauliflower mash and I love all the hints and tips I really did not know about the oven drying. I started using cauliflower my Mac and Cheese a couple years ago thanks to Mark Bittman. It’s still has noodles but it’s a lot healthier

    October 3, 2016
  9. Percy look very handsome and the cauliflower mash looks yummy, I am not a fan of potatoes unless they are yams but that looks like a tasty substitute for creamed potatoes.

    October 3, 2016
    • Dyanna, thank you so much. I like potatoes, especially mashed potatoes so finding an alternative that tastes great and gives me that mashed potato feeling was the best.

      October 3, 2016
  10. Wow Suzanne! These look just as creamy as if they were real mashed potatoes. How great 😀

    October 3, 2016
  11. Your cauliflower mash sounds wonderful. I eat it a lot actually, such a great alternative to potatoes.

    October 3, 2016
  12. I am going to try something like this tonight. I bought a green cauliflower and am dying to use it. 🙂

    October 3, 2016
  13. I made cauliflower mash once and it was so runny. Now I understand why. Thank you. I will make it again using your recipe!

    October 3, 2016
    • Often it can be the case with potatoes as well but not as pronounced as the cauliflower. When I make mashed potatoes I put them back in the pot after draining on low heat to help the water evaporate that way your mashed potatoes are nice and thick and creamy and not loose. Thanks so much Michelle.

      October 3, 2016
  14. It is a very good recipe for good-looking cauliflowers, and an original way to enjoy the dish.Thank you so much, dear Suzanne.
    Les cultivateurs de choux-fleurs vous disent merci, car en Bretagne, on trouve beaucoup de champs de choux – et comment les utiliser, alors qu’ils sont légers et plaisants à cuisiner ? Voilà des idées !
    Percy is a very smart gentleman-doggy.
    Hello to both of you. Bises et amitiés – france

    October 3, 2016
  15. Merci France, J’aime le chou-fleur et il est populaire aux États-Unis et la popularité croît comme une alternative aux pommes de terre. I had leftover from yesterday and heated it today with some grated Comte, it was wonderful. Percy est un gentleman, un chien tres gentil. Merci merci amitiés mon ami.

    October 3, 2016
  16. Yum – that would have been awesome with the pork roast I made this weekend.

    October 3, 2016
    • Thanks Debra, I totally agree. It would be wonderful with a pork roast.

      October 3, 2016
  17. I will definitely try this cauliflower mash because I am supposed to cut down on my carbs. Let me think about the guest post. I am out of town again and don’t know if I have time. Percy looks adorable.

    October 3, 2016
    • I think you would like this Gerlinde, it’s really delicious. Oh would love for you to do a guest post if you have the time. Thank you so much.

      October 3, 2016
  18. I was immediately taken with this mashed cauliflower because of that beautiful melty pat of butter on top. It’s so interesting that you have to dry out the cauliflower before mashing it! I think this sounds delicious, and not just a replacement for mashed potatoes. I tend to think anything cauliflower sounds delicious 🙂
    Also, I’d love to try doing a guest post for you Suzanne if you’d like. I would need to think about what to make though… 🙂

    October 3, 2016
    • I would love that please do one it would be fantastic . You can email me directly apuginthekit hen@gmail.com. Thanks so much!!😃

      October 4, 2016
      • Yay! I will send you an email right away 🙂

        October 5, 2016
  19. I keep telling myself I’m going to make a cauliflower mash… You make it look so easy! 😉

    October 4, 2016
  20. I don’t think you food choices have been uninteresting at all!!!!

    October 4, 2016
    • Thanks Elaine, I guess for me I feel stifled, I haven’t really been able to come up with anything I think is different or interesting.

      October 6, 2016
      • Well…therein lies your challenge…don’t assume because you’ve changed your eating habits that the food has to be uninteresting, have some fun with it! plus, what you think isn’t interesting, someone else might be inspired by…

        October 7, 2016
  21. Sandhya #

    Suzanne, the cauliflower mash looks so good! I like cauliflower and am always looking for different ways to make it.
    How cute is Percy in that cape! No wonder he is so popular!

    October 4, 2016
    • Thank you Sandhya, I love cauliflower as well, next up cauliflower rice. Thanks so much!!😃

      October 4, 2016
  22. adorable picture of Percy! Wow the picture in the beginning had me and I wanted to know what that was Suzanne! Looks great

    October 4, 2016
    • Thanks Lynn, Percy is a real handsome boy and I love his vampire cape. Yes they looked like mashed potatoes and taste a bit like them as well. A great sub thanks so much😃

      October 4, 2016
  23. I think this mash looks and sounds amazing and good for you taking control of your health! Mr. Percy is looking dapper as always. I would love to help you out Suzanne but don’t have any extra posts at this time. I have a blogging even coming up too that I am trying to prepare for. I will keep you in mind if I get ahead.

    October 4, 2016
    • Thanks so much Julie, thank you so much I really appreciate it but totally understand. Hope all goes well with the blogging event.

      October 6, 2016
  24. I’m not a big cauliflower fan (/I think it tastes gross), but I am always fascinated with cauliflower mash. It looks so much like mashed potatoes, perhaps my brain could be tricked into thinking it is mashed potatoes.

    October 4, 2016
    • LOL, don’t know whether that would happen but I find it fascinating that you think it’s gross. Hmmmm… Cauliflower to me has such a mild flavor. Do yo like cabbage? Broccoli? Same family and just wondering. I love this mash but then I love cauliflower. Thanks so much Sarah.

      October 7, 2016
      • Oh, both of those are awful, too! I can manage some cabbage, but it has to be doused in sauce. And even then, it can’t be much. I am a picky eater when it comes to veggies!

        October 8, 2016
  25. Absolutely delicious, suzanne. Love cauliflower of any kind. Thanks for sharing this. Percy looks so cute!!

    October 5, 2016
    • Thank you so much Sumith!!

      October 13, 2016
      • Suzanne it’s not a thank you. It’s an honour for me to do a guest post for you. Thanking you Sumith.

        October 13, 2016
  26. Percy looks very distinguished and ‘count-like’ in his outfit and I can see a certain similarity between him and Bela L. Hollywood could well be contacting you after the pug meet-up. 🙂
    Your cauliflower mash looks a great substitute for potatoes for anyone counting carbs. I’ll have to try some, just to see how different it tastes. I love cauliflower anyway and often make cauliflower and broccoli soup. I’ll have to try cauliflower on its own sometime.

    October 6, 2016
    • Thank you Millie, I just want you to know all of your comments were in a spam folder and I apologize for not responding. I rarely check WP spam and I think they have gone haywire because yours and many others were sent to spam. Thank you again and I adore Bela Lugosi, his Count Dracula sets the bar high and none have even come close, Percy is a rather sweet version, hasn’t quite got that Lugosi stare down. LOL. Thank you so much.

      October 13, 2016
  27. OK, the Percy costume is crazy cute Suzanne! Hope the meet up is tons of barky fun! I have a big cauliflower sitting on my counter– but it’s destined for soup this afternoon. I’ll have to get another to try this! It looks delicious on the plate! — and I’d be glad to be a guest post on you blog anytime. So add me to your list of possibilities… xox

    October 6, 2016
    • Thanks Rhonda, I hope Percy enjoys himself Sunday at the pug meetup, this will be attempt #2 to get him to socialize with other pugs the first one was not a success we’ll see how he does Sunday. Thank you Rhonda, would LOVE it if you did a guest post. I will email you now.

      October 7, 2016
      • Yep, I hope Percy has a whole lot of fun with the pug friends– we had shy kids, so maybe I know how you feel… got your email. thanks.

        October 7, 2016
  28. CC #

    What a concept? I am not a cauliflower girl, but I wonder if I’d like cauliflower mash!? It looks just like potatoes!

    I’d love to do a guest post for you (if you’d like me to), Suzanne! Timing is my only issue, depending on when you’d like it. Let me know! 🙂

    October 7, 2016
    • Christine would love it if you would do a guest post. I will email you. Thank you so much. I would be curious to know if you like mashed cauliflower even though you are not fond of it.

      October 7, 2016
  29. Percy makes an adorable vampire! Suzanne, I have to admit I’ve never had mashed cauliflower or cauliflower mash, but I will now and I’ll also try the soup afterward.

    October 7, 2016
    • Thanks Mary, it really is very similar to mashed potatoes maybe because I add the cream and butter and they are so silky.

      October 8, 2016
  30. Oh my! I am so trying this! I have the organic cauliflower in the fridge already but I didn’t know you need to roast the cauliflower after boiling it!

    October 8, 2016
    • You don’t really roast it. It really is just drying it out so I use a very low oven temp and let it dry, cauliflower absorbs so much liquid when boiled it is like a sponge and needs to be dried so it is not soupy. Thanks so much Gwendolyn!

      October 8, 2016
  31. Hi Suzanne, I would like to do a guest post for you. https://keralas.live/2016/10/12/spiced-stir-fried-sirloin-steak-sense-of-touch-in-cooking-and-eating-food/ Thank you. Regards Sumith.

    October 12, 2016
  32. At my pleasure!! You are very welcome Suzanne:)

    October 12, 2016
  33. I could happily tuck into a bowl of cauliflower mash right now! We already have snow in the mountains and I’m all about warm bowls of comfort now.

    Percy looks adorable!!

    October 17, 2016

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