Paleo Cauliflower Mashed Fauxtatoes

2013-02-02
There are many versions of cauliflower mashed potatoes out there, so let me start by thanking you for your consideration of mine! ¬†Ultimately, this is a “choose your own adventure” type of dish (remember those books?!). ūüôā ¬†What I hope to provide you with is the technique of how to make super creamy cauliflower mash that no one would ever believe is cauliflower! ¬†Seriously. ¬†These came out super creamy, yet were light on the palate and fat content! ¬†There is a little bacon fat, but only from two slices!

You could cut down on the fat content of the entire dish by using a slotted spoon to gather the shallots, garlic and bacon from the skillet. ¬†That way, you will leave some of the bacon grease behind. ¬†Also, using SoDelicious Unsweetened Coconut milk is a lot lighter than regular unsweetened coconut milk from the can. ¬†However, it is only a 1/4 cup, so either choice will not make the dish too fattening overall. ¬†The “potatoes” will taste decadent without the guilt!

As I said, you can add whatever flavors you would like to compliment the flavors of your overall meal. ¬†I plan on posting my faux potato adventures of the future, so get ready! ¬†I hope to one day make a batch for my Dad, who would normally shy away from cauliflower in this form. ¬†He likes his cauliflower raw (and plain!) and his mashed potatoes from Idaho i.e. potatoes. ¬†I’ll have to have my Mom make these, and see if she can achieve the swap! ¬†It’s not so much that I’m trying to get my Dad away from potatoes, as it is that I am so confident in the texture and flavor of this dish. ¬†If you are craving mashed potatoes but don’t want to stray from your diet… these will satisfy your palate and food memory.

I promise that I am not endorsed by any company, especially not Vitamix! ¬†I simply mention it as an important tool that I have come to rely on in my own kitchen. ¬†That is not to say that there are not other high quality products out there that can achieve similar results! ¬†I just love how it helps me with so many types of food, and it takes so much guess work out of the quality of the dishes I produce. ¬†All I hope is that you have a blender or food processor of some kind that makes your life easier! ¬†My Mom always talks about the strength of women from her Mom’s generation… using their own powerful arms to mix things. ¬†I love working out, but thank you technology!

Serve these with any meal!  Taylor and I enjoyed them with our Paleo Flank Steak recipe.  Steak and faux-tatoes = awesome.

Ingredients

  • 1 large (or 2 sm) head of cauliflower, rinsed, stems removed and cut into florets
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 large shallot (or 2 small), diced
  • 2 pieces of bacon, diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 ground black pepper
  • optional: fresh or dried chives, for garnish

Instructions

  • 1. Bring a large pot of water (about 3/4 of the way full) to a boil
  • 2. Add florets, and when water comes up to a boil, cap and set timer for 5-6 minutes
  • 3. When timer goes off, remove from heat, and pour cauliflower into a strainer to drain water, then set aside
  • 4. Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium/med-high heat, and start to render fat from bacon pieces (2-3 minutes)
  • 5. Add shallots, and cook until shallots have caramelized and softened, and bacon is crispy, then turn off heat and stir in garlic
  • 6. Set mixture aside to cool for a few minutes
  • 7. Add coconut milk, sea salt, black pepper, shallot mixture and cauliflower to blender
  • 8. Blend on high until mixture is smooth like mashed potatoes
  • 9. Optional: sprinkle with fresh or dried herbs for garnish
  • 10. Enjoy!