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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Partially Fake-out Mashed Potatoes

Who doesn't love mashed potatoes???? Well my kids don't, it is insane to me, they will eat raw spinach, beets, squash, bell peppers all kinds of things that other kids say NO-WAY to but they honestly won't eat potatoes unless they are in the form of a french fry, and truthfully they really don't even like them as fries! I know, it's very odd. Nevertheless, my husband and I love them! He loves them the way his mother used to make them, with a bar of cream cheese, a stick of butter and a container of sour cream! I'm not gonna lie, they are good her way but let's face it they are horrible for your body. I love fake out versions using steamed cauliflower but my husband wants to just throw it in the trash! So tonight I was planning to make Shepperd's pie for dinner and thought this would be the perfect place to try my 1/2 fake out mashed potatoes and I never told him and he never knew! It seemed like it was going to be a pain but actually they were really easy to make and super yummy!

1 small head of cauliflower, steamed (aprox 2 cups)
2 medium baking potatoes, peeled & diced
1/2 an onion, diced small
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 T chicken stock
2 t butter (I aways use real butter)
3 T reduced fat sour cream
4-6 shakes of garlic powder
4-6 shakes of onion powder
1-2 t salt
fresh cracked pepper

While the cauliflower is steaming, add diced potatoes, onion and garlic to a pot of cold water, bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes can be easily mashed with a fork about 8-10 minutes. Drain the potato, garlic, onion mixture then pour into a bowl. Roughly chop the cauliflower and add to the potatoes, using a fork, spoon or a potato masher; begin to combine mashing the potatoes and the cauliflower. Add remaining ingredients and continue to mash to your desired consistency. Mine were a little too chunky and since I was clearly trying to deceive my husband I used my stick blender to hide all evidence of the cauliflower!

Can you even tell the difference between potatoes and the cauliflower? Okay I know you can but barely!

As far as the seasoning goes, mashed potatoes are one of those things that you just have to taste until they are right. If they need more flavor I using go with more garlic or onion powder before salt because they can add great flavor without boosting the sodium content. These are great on top of Shepherd's Pie!

Weight Watcher Friends: This recipe makes 4 servings, and it has 2 points per serving.


  1. I love the cauliflower faux-tatoes but this is a great idea for the husbands :) Did yours ever find out??

  2. Yes he found out! I meant to tell him later that night but just forgot. About a week after I posted this, I got a text from him that said he thought something was funny about those potatoes! Ha!! But the night I made them I put them on top of Shepherd's Pie and he ate 3 big helpings and never said a word!