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Loaded Cauliflower Smashed Fauxtatoes

This recipe will help you magically turn your "ho hum" cauliflower florets into an "OMG we're making this again" treat that's not just low carb but it will amp-up the street cred cauliflower brings to your culinary creations. With a surprising buttery, creamy taste similar to potatoes, these "fauxtatoes" will have you craving another serving.

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Foodie Tips: 

  • You'll be surprised at the flexibility of this recipe - you can add in your favorite mashed potato ingredients like sour cream, cheeses, bacon, butter, mayonnaise, herbs, chives (all low carb) and more. Go bold and have fun experimenting with your favorite sidekicks!

  • The instructions below are for boiling the cauliflower which for me is the easiest way. You can also steam your cauliflower with a steamer basket over boiling water or in an Ninja Foodi multi-cooker or an Instant Pot.


1 Large Head  |  Cauliflower Cut Into Florets (about 3 pounds)

3 Tablespoons  |  Unsalted Butter

|  Fresh Garlic Cloves, Minced

3 Tablespoons  |  Sour Cream

¼ Cup  |  Parmesan Cheese, Freshly Grated

To Taste  |  Kosher Salt and Black Pepper, Freshly Cracked To Garnish  |  Bacon Crumbles, Chopped Chives, Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese *Highly Recommended* (options from above)

What To Do:

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the cauliflower and boil for 10 minutes, or until tender. Remove the cauliflower from the heat and drain. Return the cauliflower to the pot and cover it with a lid and set aside.

2. In a small pot over medium-high heat melt the butter. Add the garlic and sauté it until it's fragrant (about 1 minute).

3. Transfer the garlic-butter mixture to the boiled/steamed cauliflower, add the sour cream and blend everything to your desired consistency; an immersion blender works best since you don't use an additional pot - or - you can use a food processor (depending on the size of your processor you may need to do this in small, multiple batches).

4. To garnish: Fold in the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and your plus-ups (bacon, chives and more cheese).

Serves: Four or more Have any suggestions for this recipe? Email me!

Joe Paul Reider

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