Okay there are two things we need to discuss tonight. An incredible “faux-tato” recipe that I (T) messed around with and then made the hubby fall in love with, and the series Stranger Things on Netflix.
First this: do you see that weird looking white lump on the side of the plate decorated with brown flecks? Somewhat resembles mashed potatoes, right? Maybe… or maybe not… It’s mashed cauliflower loaded with garlic and dill seed. Oh. my. goodness. it. tastes. incredible. Since we try to eat mostly “real” food, and do our best to pick fruits and veggies that pack the best nutritional punch, we tried swapping cauliflower for mashed white potatoes. Now I know there are a million people out there who already figured out how to do this, so we are certainly not trailblazers here, but we definitely wanted to share this recipe since it turned out soooo well. And maybe, just maybe, someone out there hasn’t tried this swap yet and maybe this recipe will help them try something new! Maybe!
Tonight we paired it with steak and between the two of us we just about demolished a full head of cauliflower. Ready for the recipe? It’s crazy hard… not really… probably the easiest food swap you’ll ever make…
Garlic & Dill Seed Mashed Cauliflower
Time: 15 min start to finish
Serves: @ least 4 – but depends on the size of the cauliflower
1 full head of cauliflower separated from the leaves and core
2 Tbsp butter, ghee, bacon fat – whichever fat you like to use
5 or so grinds on the salt and pepper mills
2 pressed cloves of garlic
3 good pinches of dill seed (not dill weed but would probably taste equally delicious)
1. Boil or steam the cauliflower in a stainless steel pot until fork tender
2. Drain all water after cauliflower has cooked
3. Drop butter, salt & pepper, garlic, and dill seed into the pot with cauliflower
4. Use an immersion blender right in the stainless steel pot and mash/blend the cauliflower to your desired consistency. If it’s too thick, add a little more fat to thin it, but not too much or you’ll get runny “faux-tatoes”
5. Enjoy! And remember that sharing is caring… you have to remember cause when you take your first bite, you’re going to want to eat it all. But don’t. Your family will thank you and your intestinal tract will thank you for not consuming an entire head of cauliflower on your own.
Okay, now that you have the recipe, can we talk for a quick moment about the show Stranger Things? Have you seen it? We are currently on Season 1, episode 7 and I’m getting into it. I was nervous at first and a little scared, it’s a bit like the X-Files, but better. In my opinion at least. The hubby loves the X Files and Fringe (a show I know nothing about) and is in love with this new show Stranger Things. I have to say that the characters are awesome, the setting is incredible how it takes you into the past… from the music to the characters’ attire, to the idiosyncrasies of everyday life consistent with the early 80’s.
The best part about this show? The actors/actresses. Specifically, the group of incredibly talented young people.
Like the telepathic little girl (Millie Bobby Brown);
or the hilarious trio of best friends hunting for their missing best friend;
And this young little man from the trio of friends will have you laughing and appreciating his no-nonsense approach for a 14 year old (Gaten Matarazzo):
If you haven’t tried watching it yet, I would highly recommend it. It’s been a good choice after Breaking Bad, and Orange is The New Black. It’s completely different but equally as satisfying as a show that keeps you intrigued, sometimes on the edge of your seat, and it certainly entertains you with some great twisted humour.
So go grab some dill seed and log into Netflix… nothing better than a night with a head of cauliflower and tv!