Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mock Mashed Potatoes

I've been trying to find a successful recipe for mock mashed potatoes since I can't have the real thing anymore. Thanks to some tips from Food Network enthusiasts on Facebook, I finally got it right!

Mock Mashed Potatoes:

Bag of frozen cauliflower (or fresh if you want)
Stick of butter
1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
8 oz light sour cream
Cheese of your choice. I use finely shredded cheddar jack and grated parm. I don't measure this...just play around with the recipe until it's as cheesy as you want it to be.
Handful of bacon bits (if desired)
Tsp minced garlic
Fresh cracked peppercorns to taste
Salt if desired, but I don't add any.

Steam the cauliflower in 1/2 stick butter until soft. Drain very well. Place in blender with cream cheese, sour cream, cheese, garlic, pepper, and remainder of butter and blend until smooth. I suggest using a stick blender or one with a "whip" mode, and I prefer it thick enough to not slide off the spoon. Pour into a microwavable container, add more cheese on top if you wish, add bacon bits, and reheat (the cheeses and sour cream cool it off quickly in the blender, so it has to be warmed back up).

Enjoy the cheesy goodness!