January 04, 2018

COSORI COOKING: Low Carb Mashed Potatoes Substitute: Mashed Cauliflower

Because I was traveling back and forth out of state every week from September through mid-December, that along with the holidays being upon us and a couple family birthdays meant we really (really) weren't eating well.  I tried to stick to healthy eating but... didn't.  Basically I was just trying to keep up, catch up and accomplish what needed to be done every day before flying out again.

Luckily my COSORI pressure cooker came in handy more than a few times when I had about 25 minutes to throw together a hot meal that should take 1 1/2 hours.  On the night I snapped these photos we were grilling steaks and I wanted mashed cauliflower (in place of potatoes) to go with it.  Luckily the Cosori had me mashing perfect cauliflower within 8 minutes.  It cooks faster, more evenly and more moist than cooking it in the microwave and although steaming it on the stove top keeps it even and moist, it takes forever.  The electric pressure cooker made it super easy and super fast.

Faux Mashed Potatoes - Mashed Cauliflower

If you start with the basic recipe idea, you can add things like green onions, minced garlic, bacon bits, cheddar cheese, cream cheese... whatever you wish!  These are really delicious with a meal that includes bbq sauce; like bbq pork or bbq chicken or with grilled steak.

1 head fresh cauliflower
light or heavy cream
salt and pepper
optional: other spices you might like in your regular mashed potatoes

Take the leaves and core out of the cauliflower and cut into a few large pieces so it fits evenly in your pressure cooker pan.  Add the water your brand pressure cooker requires. Mine uses about 1 1/2 cups water.  Manually set it to cook 8 minutes.  You can either let it release steam/pressure naturally if you wish or release it yourself if you are in a hurry and want to get them made right away.
Drain.  Press out excess water with a slotted spoon - as much as you can.  The dryer the better.
Place in a food processor or place in a bowl and use your stick blender.  Do not over process or they will turn gummy!  The stick blender works best because you have control over it.  If you are food processing, pulse just a few seconds, scrape down the sides and pulse a couple seconds more.
Add a few tablespoons butter to your own personal taste.
Mash with a spoon a little bit to see how much cream you want to add; go slow and add by tablespoons to get the right thick 'mashed potato' consistency you like.  Don't add too much.
Season with salt and pepper.  (I like to add some sour cream, and sometimes a dash of one of our 'chicken' seasoning mixes that has bits of garlic, onion, Lawry's salt and paprika in it.) Serve like mashed potatoes.

Hot, perfectly steam/pressure cooked cauliflower.

Press out as much water as you can

Mashed a little bit and some seasonings and butter added

Blending with a stick blender

Hot, buttered mashed cauliflower with salt and pepper

Related products available through Amazon:
COSORI 6 Qt Premium 8-in-1 Programmable Multi-Cooker (Pressure Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Warmer, Etc.), 1000W, Includes Glass Lid, Sealing Ring and Recipe Book
COSORI Mini 7-in-1 Multifunctional Programmable Pressure Cooker, Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker, Food Steamer, Yogurt Maker with Non-Stick Inner Pot ,2 Quart /800W

Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender


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