I have never been great at playing tricks. I’m a horrible liar and most good tricks require you to be able to keep a straight face. But I decided that it was high time I trick myself and Jorge.
We LOVE mashed potatoes! Our favorite are the little red potatoes, left with most of the skin on, boiled, and mashed with sour cream, butter, milk, and salt and pepper. Holy yum. But we have not seen those on our kitchen table for a while since we have been trying to watch our weight and carbs stick to my ass like glue aren’t great.
The other night Jorge wanted steak….and if I am having steak, I want potatoes. So I figured, ok it’s time to buck up and figure out some way to trick myself into thinking that Smashed Cauliflower is mashed potatoes. The biggest challenge was going to be overpowering the cauliflower. Because while I love its green brother from another mother, broccoli, I abhor cauliflower.
So there it was, me vs. the cauliflower. I tried many recipes I found online…from roasting the cauliflower to including butter in the mash. But while it tasted ok, it just wasn’t right. I was missing that tang from the sour cream. Plus the amount of butter I had to use to try to make them edible was definitely not ass friendly.
So I threw out that batch and started fresh, I was on a mission. And then it came to me…like the gods of cauliflower sent me a message….Greek Yogurt! I used the fat free Greek Yogurt and it gave me that tang I was missing! It added that creamy consistency and it made me into an instant lover of cauliflower! I have 4 bags waiting in my freezer now!
While it is not exactly the same as mashed potatoes, it is a wonderful alternative. And they really do hit the spot when you are craving mashed potatoes. In all honesty, the biggest difference is the texture.
They are a little more “runny” then regular mashed potatoes. But when you consider the added health benefits and the lower nutrition facts, these will win every time at our house!