Cauli-tater Mash

TGIF!  Who’s with me?!?  I’ve got reservations with the fam tonight for restaurant week.  Anyone else’s city have some version of restaurant week?  Here in Charlotte we call it Queen’s Feast (for the “queen city”), but I think it’s pretty popular elsewhere.

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I’m excited to get a little dressed up, but I’m also nervous about taking E out to a snazzy restaurant.  Don’t worry – I’m not one of those parents who would let him fuss through a meal.  If he starts acting up, he and I can head to the car or walk around a bit while everyone finishes their meal.  Nevertheless, I’d really really really like to enjoy a nice uninterrupted dinner!

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Moving on…

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I whipped up a quick and easy dinner Wednesday night that I think many of you will enjoy.  The comfort food was perfect for this cold snap, and I even snuck in some veggies!

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Cauli-tater Mash
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Ingredients
  • 1 large potato (or two small)
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 2 TBS butter/margarine/whatever floats your boat
  • 6 slices of bacon (I went with turkey bacon.)
  • ¾ cup (approx.) shredded cheddar (I went with reduced fat.)
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil while you wash, peel, and cube your potato. Boil potato cubes as you wash and "de-flower" your cauliflower.
  2. After boil potatoes 5-7 minutes, add cauliflower. Boil together another 7 minutes or so. (I wish I'd actually timed this. Don't let them get too mushy, but they should definitely be soft.)
  3. Meanwhile, cook bacon according to package directions. When finished cooking, place bacon on a paper towel covered plate.
  4. Strain cali-tater mix and allow it to cool in strainer a couple minutes.
  5. In two batches, whip them in the food processor until smooth, adding 1 TBS butter each time. If you went heavier on the potato or really got a lot of the water out, you may need to add a splash of milk or broth to get your desired consistency. Mine were fine without additional liquid.
  6. Divide cauli-tater mix into two bowls, top with cheese and bacon. You may need to microwave or bake these a few minutes to melt the cheese. The cauliflower loses heat quickly while draining and being processed.
  7. Feel free to top with additional toppings, such as sour cream or chives. We're not a huge fan of either in this house. Just bring on the bacon!

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Have a good weekend!

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7 Responses to Cauli-tater Mash

  1. Ooooh…yum! I tried mashed cauliflower once and it was surprisingly super tasty – if the hubby approved! I’m loving your version and I mean…anything with bacon has to be good!

    Have fun at the restaurant tonight! Hope all goes well!

  2. Yum! I still have yet to try the mashed cauliflower thing. I’ve heard great things, so I should probably get on it one of these days.

    Nothing crazy going on this weekend… Long run tomorrow morning, date night, and some relaxation – should be nice!

  3. This looks super yummy!

    It’s currently winterlicious here which is Toronto’s version of winter restaurant week. There’s also Summerlicious which I am a way bigger fan of for obvious reasons ;)

  4. Oh this sounds really good! I would like to try with sweet potato instead of white. The cauliflower added in is a great idea to help bulk it up.

  5. I love this recipe. It is easy and Joseph can enjoy it, too. :)

  6. I tried mashed cauliflower before and wasn’t a big fan…but maybe the trick is to do a potato/cauli mix? And add cheese, of course ;-)

    • Tiff says:

      I like just cauliflower, but it’s way better with potato mixed in too. That’s what I put on the table at thanksgiving!

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