Friday, October 5, 2007

Faux Potatoes

Whose bright idea was it to create “healthy mashed
potatoes?” Isn’t that an oxymoron? Anyone who tells you that, when blended to
the right consistency, cauliflower is a dead ringer for good ol’ fashion
russets is a liar.

Mashed potatoes are a delicacy that should not be forsaken.
They are usually the first sampling of “real food” that babies have the pleasure of tasting. They are a
Thanksgiving staple and they can be made an infinite number of ways dependant
upon the herbs and spices added, the variety of potato, the presence of skin,
texture and the ratio of milk and butter. No matter how you make them, mashed
potatoes are magically delicious.

Low-carbers of the world take notice: feel free to eat
mashed cauliflower to your hearts’ content, just spare us the diet-speak. You and
I both know that no matter how much cream cheese and garlic you throw in the
mix, blended cauliflower tastes like cauliflower. God help the poor soul who
serves me mashed cauliflower with my Thanksgiving turkey.


  1. I have to tell you though that I sometimes actually do cook carrots with the potatoes and mash them all together - - it is actually quite good (and you can eat orange mashed potatoes!)

  2. Amen! I'm making a BIG pot for Thanksgiving Sunday too. Potatoes, butter and cream...something that good CAN'T be good for me and know what? Don't care.

  3. Thank goodness for butter-filled, creamy mashed potatoes!

  4. As long as the potatoes are present, Becky, it's OK by me :)

  5. Leanne-
    Can I come to your house for dinner?

  6. I have a recipe for Popped Cauliflower! It sounds interesting, that's all I can say. I guess I healthy version of Popcorn?!

  7. If you want some really good tasting cauliflower, start with a head of cauliflower, chop, and boil untill tender in chicken broth, then, drain, and add 1/2 cup salted butter, 2 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, 3 roasted and chopped garlic cloves, and 1/2 cup whole cream, for a variation, add 1/2 cup of crispy bacon pieces, and , if cauliflower is not available, Oregon Gold baking potatoes can be substituted. Never ever serve Cauliflower with equal portions of cheese!!! P.S. my bi-pass is scheduled for next Tuesday, the Doctor said he'd give me the family discount rate.

  8. The people who make cauliflower "potatoes" for Thanksgiving probably serve it with Tofurkey.

  9. How do you like your potatoes?

  10. I admit to liking cauliflower puree, however, a substitute for mashed potatoes it most surely is not!
    I think it would be possible for me to live on mashed potatoes alone. I really do LOVE them!

  11. Katb-
    I think I'll pass on the popped cauliflower. Thanks though.

  12. I concur New Diva. I don't mind the mashed cauliflower. It's the assertion that they make a suitable substitute for mashed potatoes that ticks me off.

  13. I do like califlower boiled, steamed, microwaved = HOT, then put a slice of cheese on it, mmm good.