I know I sound like an idiot but I love a challenge. Well, usually not a real challenge. But a cooking challenge. My very favorite cousin, Meighan, and her boyfriend visit weekly for dinner. We look forward to these visits – she’s hilarious, my kids love it, everybody laughs and it keeps our family close-knit. I am saying “Knit”, right? And Ben, her boyfriend, has become a real part of the family. The two of them have recently started “dieting” – she with her calories and he with his carbs.
Damnit, why carbs.
Anyway, tonight they were coming to dinner, and I had the task of putting together a low-calorie AND low-carb dinner….OH yeah, and a kid-friendly (you know those two silly little babies of mine) dinner. Mr. Dixie is currently out of town, so his needs weren’t on the table – he is dieting currently, but for the most part he is a huge foodie like me. Just for the record. Just sayin’. Oh, and he really doesn’t need to be dieting anyway. Ok, I’ll hush.
As I poured through recipe after recipe….blog after blog….I ended up deciding to try out what many low-carber’s are doing these days – pureering cauliflower as a sub for mashed potatoes.
There are many recipes and concoctions out there – I took a handful of different versions and made my own. My 12 year old daughter’s friend was over this evening and after I made it I got her to taste it and tell me what she thought it was – without giving her any hints – and she said “mashed potatoes!”.
I’m very happy with how this recipe turned out. As a matter of fact I had a hard time not licking the scraper while I was doing dishes AFTER dinner which says a lot. Hey – I’m not a scraper licker. The gravy kind of came as part of the chicken I made; but it was so good I couldn’t NOT use it. I would bottle it if I could – I think I would drink it.
Tonight I made some herbed grilled chicken, green beans with marinated mushrooms, some pasta (for the kids), and this….
Cauliflower Smash with Grey Poupon Gravy
1 head Cauliflower
1/4 block reduced fat cream cheese
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup fat free milk
2 heaping tbsp Grey Poupon coarse mustard
1/2 cup Italian dressing
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp Worchesteshire sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 heaping tbsp all-purpose flour
Wash the cauliflower and pat dry. Cut up into pieces. Bring a large stock pan with water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and boil for 15 minutes, or until fork-tender. Set aside.
In a sauce pan, melt 1 tbsp butter on medium heat, add the rest of the gravy ingredients and whisk until combined. Bring to a slow boil, and stir until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and set aside, covered.
In a food processor, mix the cauliflower, cream cheese, butter, and milk until smooth. Add in salt and pepper to taste.
Pour a spoonful of gravy over the mashed cauliflower. I promise you won’t miss potatoes 😉
VibeyJanuary 18, 2011 at 5:50 AM
Cauli? Mustard? I am SO there.
Mama Kelly aka JiaJanuary 17, 2011 at 5:59 PM
Ive seen a lot of version of mashed cauliflower, but this is the first one that actually made me want to make some. With hubby and I back on the healthy eating wagon I might whip some up over the weekend.
ShannonJanuary 14, 2011 at 8:56 PM
Wow, that’s pretty cool gravy. I’ve seen the cauli mash before but the gravy intrigues me!
Kate @ Diethood.comJanuary 14, 2011 at 7:41 PM
I like the grey poupon gravy! That is a must try!
TiffanyJanuary 14, 2011 at 1:53 PM
Oh, I love this. 1. I love the word SMASH! (see my blog post from yesterday :D) 2. I love cauliflower! 3. Mustard is my FAVORITE condiment (as long as you do not count hot sauce as a condiment!). This sounds GREAT!
ChrissyJanuary 14, 2011 at 12:37 PM
I want to eat this now! I love cauliflower, but never seem to eat it often enough. Great recipe!
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DaniJanuary 14, 2011 at 8:40 AM
Wow! This looks great. This is a recipe I think I could even get the kids to try! Looking forward to making this one!
JenniferAJanuary 14, 2011 at 8:39 AM
This looks fantastic! I love the idea of this gravy, and I have a head of cauliflower sitting in my crisper right now. Hmmmm….