The secret to making the perfect "faux-tatoes" is to steam them only till they are medium soft (al dente like pasta). The steaming doesn't make the cauliflower soggy and the smell is also greatly minimized. DO NOT add milk or liquid of any kind as this will make them far too runny. I place mine in a food processor, with a little salt and 1 tbsp real butter. You can add a little low fat sour cream or grated fresh romano cheese or both. You will find that these modifications will make this dish a lot more satisfying. :)
Sorry, but yuck. The cauliflower smell was strong and turned us off. Also, they were kind of watery, despite plenty of time to drain.
Why haven't I made these till now?! I'm so happy I tried this recipe. I didn't feel as stuffed as I would after eating mashed potatoes. I used regular butter and added some garlic powder. I'll be using this recipe to replace mashers from now on. Thanks for posting!
I love love love mashed cauliflower! I make mine with reduced fat cream cheese, rather than butter. Also, I don't typically add milk, as it makes them runny. Try putting them in a casserole dish, topped with lf cheese and some bacon bits. Broil until cheese is bubbly. My kids adore twice baked faux potatoes!!
Super good, easy quick and filling...i was never much of a mashed potato fan but i love these...i am a veggie girl so this is much more my liking...my In laws like that they are "South Beach"...I made them vegan too but that was my thing and I kept it to myself and no one was the wiser ---->made playing "I Recommend Tag"
As a life-long potato addict I wasn't overly impressed with these. I think if I'd added some cheese I would have like them more but they just didn't beat real mashed for me. My boyfriend, on the other hand, saw me making the cauliflower and still didn't believe me when I told him they weren't potatoes. I'll try playing around with them a time or two more and see how that goes.
This recipe is an excellent alternative to mashed potatoes, and truth be told, I prefer this recipe to the traditional dish. The cauliflower has more flavor than potatoes, and it fits in with my low-carb diet. I add a bit of minced onion to my mashed cauliflower as I think it gives more flavor. Thanks for the recipe!
I made this today as I'm on a low carb diet. I used a lovely orange cauliflower that I found at my local Sunflower Market. I replaced the I Can't believe its not butter with Earth Balance Margarine and used soy silk creamer in place of the low fat milk. I don't use dairy, so this was great. Thanks for the recipe, I will make it again.
It is important to squeeze all of the water out of the cauliflower before mashing. It totally changes the texture. I have cooked the cauliflower in the microwave or boiled on the stovetop as well. They all work great.
Looks just my recipe when I was lo-carbing except I would mash as much water as possible from them before adding butter, a splash of heavy cream, salt, and beating with a hand held mixer. I slipped them to DH one night and he couldn't tell the difference between these and real potatoes. They are a LIFESAVER to LC'ers!