Whipped Cauliflower Gratin

On Tuesday I made some admissions about hiding veggies.  You may think I do that a lot.  That is totally NOT what I am doing here…

Whipped Cauliflower Gratin

I swear.  The Bug and I love cauliflower.  The Hubby, well, he eats it without complaint, so I’ll take that.  He hasn’t banned it from the house, like Brussels sprouts.  So why this Whipped Cauliflower Gratin?

Whipped Cauliflower Gratin

I wanted mashed potatoes.  And to be honest, I never want mashed potatoes, unless I am really going to fancy them up.  But it was Valentine’s Day, and I was making an impromptu, totally unplanned, not at all thought-out special-ish dinner.  You know you want to marry me when this…

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is what you get for an impromptu, totally unplanned, not at all though-out special-ish dinner.  Steak, asparagus, mashed potatoes – totally way-to-your-man’s-heart, classic steakhouse food!  Buuutt, once again, gestational diabetes rears its ugly head, and potatoes can really only be consumed in small quantities.  And I’m hungry.  Enter Whipped Cauliflower Gratin…

Whipped Cauliflower Gratin

And its virtual lack of carbohydrates.  Score one for me!  And this Whipped Cauliflower Gratin totally has the texture, and, quite honestly, a similar flavor to mashed potatoes.  Now, I have made just plain whipped or mashed cauliflower before, and I would have called it a good cauliflower recipe, but something really entirely different from potatoes.  This, I could probably fool my mashed potato obsessed mom or sister.

Whipped Cauliflower Gratin

I mean really – look at them.  You totally would have thought they were potatoes if I hadn’t told you…

Whipped Cauliflower Gratin

Even better – my non-mashed-potato-loving hubby throughly enjoyed these.  So did The Bug.  And so did I, even the leftovers with a slightly runny egg.  Yummm!

Whipped Cauliflower Gratin with EggAre you a mashed potato lover, or not so much?  Have you ever tried cauliflower as a lighter substitute?

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Whipped Cauliflower Gratin
 
Whipped Cauliflower Gratin is a delicious alternative to mashed potatoes that is simple enough for everyday, but fancy enough for a special meal.
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Recipe type: Side Dish, Vegetable
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • ½ c plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani 0% plain)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ c parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 T coarsely chopped chives (or more, if you like more oniony flavor)
  • 1 t kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • paprika, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F, and lightly spray 4-6 ramekins (or one large casserole dish would probably work).
  2. Cut the cauliflower into large florets, discarding the tough stem, and steam over boiling water until very tender.
  3. While the cauliflower is steaming, place the Greek yogurt, egg, ¼ c of the parmesan cheese, chives, salt, and pepper into a blender or food processor, and process until thoroughly combined.
  4. Once the cauliflower is tender, add it to the contents of the blender or food processor, and puree until smooth.
  5. Divide the cauliflower mixture among the ramekins, and sprinkle with remaining parmesan, and paprika, if desired.
  6. Baked for 15-20 minutes, or until heated through and browned on top.

Enjoy!

Whipped Cauliflower Gratin

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Comments

  1. Karen McKinzie says

    I also am a diebetic and need to watch those carbs. I steam my cauliflower until it is tender, add a little butter to mash them like potatoes, add a tablespoon or 2 of sour cream and add salt, pepper, curry powder and a little cayenne pepper for a little pizzazz! No blender involved and very fast and easy to make!

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