This recipe's deceitful reputation can be traced to the dawn of the low carb craze, when the Atkins Diet was everything and no potato - neither sweet, nor Russet, nor Yukon Gold - was safe or permissible for consumption. The potatoes rotted in heaps in America's produce departments as the dieting masses turned their forks and knives on non-starchy, low-carb vegetables like cauliflower.
"We'll mash it!" they said. "It will taste just like mashed potatoes!" they said.
And so it began: The trickery of serving cauliflower purée and telling your unsuspecting friends and family members that it's mashed potatoes (wink wink).
"Honesty be damned, I just want to be thin! It's just a little white lie! No one will know the difference!"
But here's the truth: You aren't fooling anyone, because it doesn't look or taste a damn thing like mashed potatoes.
Stop the lies. This cauliflower purée is so delicious that it deserves a place on any dinner table. Don't try to sell it as something it's not.
1 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets
3 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
1/2 tsp. salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
1. Place cauliflower florets and garlic in a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover and steam until very tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
2. Place cooked cauliflower and garlic in a food processor. Puree on high. Add salt and pepper to taste, then blend again until smooth and creamy.
3. Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve hot.
COOK'S NOTE: You can also leave the garlic cloves out and just add 1/2 tsp. garlic powder when you season it.