Friday, March 8, 2013

Lightened-Up Mashed Potatoes

Here is a new and original recipe! Can you believe it?! In February John and I did a "greatest hits", if you will, and made some old recipes we haven't enjoyed in awhile. As such, there were no new recipes to share with you. But, with March came a reminder that spring is almost here (yay!), and it's time to start playing around in the kitchen again.

Yesterday I teased about this recipe, and today I'm happy to tell you that the secret recipe is...cauliflower! I love experimenting with lightening-up dishes, and cauliflower is a starch-lovers best friend. While these pictures look a bit "runny", that's due to the sauce from Zesty Turkey Tenderloin, which I paired with this side. I promise it's thick and creamy and John had no idea half of it was cauliflower. Love it!

Lightened-Up Mashed Potatoes
Recipe by Call Me Mrs. Rapp
Serves 4-8, depending on portions

*3 cups cauliflower heads, chopped
*8 red potatoes, peeled
*1 to 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth (use 1 cup for "thicker" mashed potatoes)
*1/4 cup skim milk
*1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk
*3 tablespoons butter
*1 tablespoon olive oil
*salt and pepper, to taste

*Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

*Place cauliflower on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes, tossing once.

*While cauliflower is roasting, place potatoes in a pot of boiling water, and cook for 10-20 minutes, until the potatoes fall apart easily when pierced with a fork. Drain and set aside.

*When the cauliflower is finished cooking, place cauliflower in a pot with the chicken broth. Simmer until most of the broth has been absorbed.

*When cauliflower is almost finished, combine skim milk, buttermilk and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture is warm. 

*Add potatoes and butter mixture to the cauliflower pot. Mash with a potato masher or an electric mixer (my method) until it's reached your desired consistency (we like them smooth with a few lumps left). Serve with main dish!


Cauliflower | Cauliflower and potatoes | Plus roasted garlic

All mashed up!

Creamy and delicious

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