Undoubtedly, you’ve seen recipes for cauliflower as a substitute for potatoes or rice. Yes, you can mash cauliflower and pretend it’s potatoes. And yes, you can shred or “rice” the cauliflower and pretend it’s rice. But it’s still cauliflower. And it still tastes like cauliflower.
Here’s the story of the invention of this recipe: It was a few weeks before Thanksgiving and I was reviewing my Thanksgiving menu and wondering how I could beef up the health factor of the meal. It would already be entirely gluten free and mostly paleo, but there was still a lot of starch involved. Just for fun, I tried making my mashed potatoes with just one little potato, one whole head of cauliflower and a ton of optimism. The result was amazing! Everybody in this house was shocked at how good they were.
The thing about cauliflower is that it has a very strong flavor. If that happens to be a flavor you do not enjoy, you need to cover it up. Turns out that adding just one little potato to the cauliflower does an amazing job of masking the flavor and adding a great creamy texture to the cauliflower.
This recipe as written is primal rather than paleo because it does contain dairy. You could absolutely trade out all the dairy for non-dairy alternatives:
- coconut cream (the fat from the top of a can of coconut milk) for cream cheese
- ghee for butter
- almond milk for heavy cream
My family enjoys dairy in moderation and are not bothered by it so this is one time we use the real deal because in my opinion, the small amount of dairy in this recipe, makes this dish taste even better.
Pay close attention to the details in the instructions because each step is important if you want the final result to most closely resemble mashed potatoes. These will be thinner in consistency than full blown mashed potatoes, but that’s because cauliflower is mostly water.
I served this to my extended family at Christmas and it was the one dish that was scraped clean. And in my house, no one groans anymore when I pick up a head of cauliflower at the grocery store!
Trim Healthy Mama Plan notes: The one small potato in this recipe keeps the carbs low enough that this still qualifies as a THM-S recipe. If you use low fat cream cheese and half and half instead of cream, it is a fuel pull, as long as you don’t have a huge serving.