cauliflower fauxtatoes

Alright people it’s Thanksgiving week! That means food, food, food, food! Oh, and of course family, friends and being thankful and stuff. In all seriousness though I am beyond thrilled to be going home on Tuesday. I need some serious relaxation/down time. What better way to unwind than with home-cooking? Every day this week I’ll be posting a tasty Turkey Day recipe. Warning: this may cause cravings, salivation, and a desire to cook.

First up, cauliflower mashed potatoes or “fauxtatoes.” I first saw this on Lauren Conrad’s blog and thought it looked interesting (not to mention healthier than southern style mashed potatoes.) My friends hosted a Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday providing me with the perfect opportunity to try out the fauxtatoes. The recipes I found online seemed simple enough, but being a beginner level cook I was still intimidated. Surprisingly, everything went really well! I couldn’t believe it. The taste was right on. I might be making this again for the real deal Thanksgiving dinner…

Cauliflower Fauxtatoes

1 medium to large head cauliflower

5 large cloves of fresh garlic

2 tbsp butter

Salt and pepper to taste

Chives to garnish

Bring a pot of water to a boil. While water is heating up, wash and chop cauliflower; slice garlic. Once water reaches a boil, add cauliflower florets and stems, garlic, and salt (a few good shakes) to the pot.

Let cauliflower steam until tender (about 6 minutes.) Drain cauliflower and put in blender or food processor with butter and pepper.

Once the cauliflower reaches the desired consistency (creamy or chunky), you’re ready to serve! Top with chives, sour cream, and cheese if desired.

(recipe adapted from nom nom paleo)


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