Low-carb mock mashed potatoes recipe

Filed under: Low-carb Recipes — @ March 30, 2009

It’s a shame that so many people think that low-carb dieting is all about depriving yourself of foods that you think you can’t live without. In my experience, that is simply not the case at all. When you make smarter choices about what you allow to go inside of your mouth, the result can be as equally if not MORE delicious than the original dish you started out with.

Take, for example, mashed potatoes. This is one recipe you CANNOT have when you are following a healthy low-carb lifestyle. Potatoes are not an integral part of any effective diet plan because of their negative impact on blood glucose and insulin levels. But who says you have to use potatoes to get that same taste and texture of mashed potatoes? My low-carb blogging buddy Kent Altena offered up his own Mashed Fauxtatoes video recipe using cauliflower instead of potatoes and I even shared my own mashed cauliflower recipe in late 2008 that would fool even the most ardent skeptic.

LOW-CARB MMM MMM MOCK MASHED POTATOES

  • 2 10-ounce packages frozen cauliflower (or fresh 3/4 head)
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp minced onion flakes (optional)
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 2 Tbs heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cook cauliflower in microwave or on stove top until it is VERY done–fall-apart fork tender.
  3. Drain well and mix cauliflower with all other ingredients except cream in food processor or with a powerful mixer (hand or stand). Mixing with mixer will give “lumpier” results than a food processor, but some people feel the lumps make it seem even more like mashed potatoes.
  4. Add cream slowly and mix again. (You must be careful adding liquid. If you add too much, you are in for trouble. Your dish may take a tiny bit more or less than the called for amount of cream.)
  5. Spray an ovenproof dish with cooking spray and put mixture in. Add pats of extra butter or margarine on top if you like an extra buttery “potato” flavor and a bit of paprika sprinkled on top adds nice color as well. Bake 15-20 minutes until hot.
  6. For those of you who think they would not like this dish because they are not fans of cauliflower, I implore you to try it–you’ll be hard pressed to tell it from mashed potatoes–it does not taste like cauliflower at this point. Really.

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