Mock Mashed Potatoes?

Mashed cauliflower dish

Mashed cauliflower dish

After years of hearing people talk about substituting cauliflower for potatoes and mashing, I tried a recipe a couple of years ago in which I made the substitution and I fell in love.  Although I posted about it, I just mentioned substituting.  Since this makes such a yummy, yet healthier alternative, thought I’d post in time for Thanksgiving.

Mashed Not Really Potatoes

  • two heads cauliflower
  • 4 medium parsnips, peeled
  • 1 pkg fresh baby spinach
  • 1 onion
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 1/2 cup milk or substitute
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or cream substitute (coconut creamer, soy creamer, etc.)
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 cup grated cheese (you pick)  I used 1/2 goat cheese cheddar and 1/2 pecorino romano
  • paprika
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400.

Cut off the leaves and stems from cauliflower and cut into large chunks.  Chop each parsnip into 3 pieces.   Place cauliflower and parsnips in a large steamer and steam until fairly soft (approx. 20-30 min.).  In batches, process steamed veggies with blade in food processor or use smoothie setting on blender.

While the veggies are steaming, chop onion and saute until soft.

Put baby spinach through slicer blade of food processor or chop with knife.

Mix butter, beaten eggs, and cream in a large bowl and add all other ingredients, including the steamed, mashed veggies, in with them.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Butter a large baking dish and fill with all of the mixture.  Bake at 400 for 35-40 minutes — until golden on top.

Makes 8-12 servings (you know, depending…).

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