Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes & Cauliflower

I think I have a love affair with buttermilk.  No, I can't say I would ever enjoy drinking it straight up, but I do love what it does to baked goods and I like the tang it brings to cooking...not to mention, it's diet friendly!  When I saw this recipe in Cuisine Lite, I wanted to try it.  I know cauliflower is a good substitute for mashed potatoes on it's own, but I had never seen a recipe that incorporated both potatoes AND cauliflower.

I really liked this combination.  The potatoes are flavorful and seem rich, without adding much butter, and the cauliflower taste stays fairly well hidden. Of course, the buttermilk adds it's unmistakable tang to the dish and I like that you get a bit extra in the veggie department, without really realizing it! You can also use frozen cauliflower if you wish, just cook it separate in the microwave and then add it to the potatoes and garlic when it's time to mash.  If you are not a big fan of garlic, you can reduce the amount used or just leave it out entirely. 



Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes & Cauliflower from Cuisine Lite

Servings - 6   Serving size - 1/6th of recipe   Points plus per serving - 4 points+
Calories - 135,   Total Fat - 6g,   Carb. - 19g,   Protein - 3g,   Fiber - 2g

1 lb. russet potatoes, peeled, and cut into even sized chunks
1/2 lb. cauliflower florets
3 cloves of garlic, peeled
1/3 cup buttermilk, lowfat, warmed
3 TBS. unsalted butter
salt and pepper, to taste
fresh chives or paprika, for garnish

1.  In large pot, boil potatoes, cauliflower, and garlic cloves until tender, about 15 - 20 minutes.  Drain well.

2.  Transfer back into pot, and add butter and buttermilk and mash with a hand mixer on low speed until smooth.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Spoon into serving bowl. Garnish as desired. 

I love finding ways to use buttermilk in my baking and cooking.  How about you?  Do you have a love affair with buttermilk?

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4 comments:

  1. Yep, putting this on my list of things to make - and I will use my simple gravy for on top - 2 points for 1/4 cup!

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  2. Hi Renee, these look so good. I've never done the combination potato/caulflower together, but now I will. I also got a celery root on the weekend and thought I'd mix that and potato together. Any tips on how to make that creamier while staying low point?

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  3. I am always looking for new ways to use buttermilk! I actually have some extra sitting in the fridge. I usually end up using it for some type of baked good, but this sounds fantastic! Potatoes are one of my fave foods in teh world, so I know I would love a new variation with buttermilk =)

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  4. I've always wanted to try mashing cauliflower with potatoes, why haven't I yet!? Looks delicious!

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