Friday, October 9, 2009

Zesty Faux Mashed Potatoes

If you're cutting carbs and you crave mashed potatoes, these flavorful faux mashed "potatoes" are a delicious low-carb side dish. This recipe makes 3 to 4 servings.

1 large cauliflower
4 or 5 thinly sliced garlic cloves
Salt to taste
Fresh-ground black pepper to taste
1 Tbs butter at room temperature (high quality butter is best, like Plugra brand or other rich European butter)
1 1/2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil (high quality is best)
Optional: 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg OR 1/8 tsp dried dillweed OR 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles

Break the cauliflower into florets and place in a steamer or a microwave-safe dish. Add the sliced garlic, a little salt to taste, and just enough water for steaming or microwaving. Cover and cook until very tender, so that a knife easily slides into a piece of cauliflower. Drain well, then place the cauliflower and garlic in a food processor. Add the butter and olive oil, puree until smooth. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and either nutmeg, dillweed or blue cheese if desired.

Zestfully yours,

PS: If you're on a low-carb diet, the Carolina Sauce Company has a wide selection of low-carb and no-carb sauces & seasonings, with no more than 1 carb gram per serving.

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