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Video:Potato and Cauliflower Mash

with Chef John Mitzewich

Love mashed potatoes but not all the carbohydrates and calories? Try adding cauliflower to the mix. This simple recipe is so tasty, you may never eat regular mashed potatoes again.See Transcript

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Transcript:Potato and Cauliflower Mash

Hi, I'm Chef John Mitzewich for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to make a delicious potato and cauliflower mash.

And there it is. So delicious you may never eat regular mash again. I love that restaurants are serving cauliflower mash now as an alternative to the regular mashed potato.

But the problem is that they still have the mashed potato on the menu. So I'm going to do both; we're going to put them together.

Slice and Boil the Potatoes

Take three russet potatoes and cut them in half lengthwise instead of in small pieces. They will cook much more evenly.

This is one of the chef secrets to great mashed potatoes. In some salted water, we're going to boil those until tender.

Cut the Cauliflower Into Pieces

Now as far as breaking down the head of cauliflower, this is so easy. Turn it upside down, and take your knife and go around the center core and cut through all those branches.

And all the florets will come right off. I can't believe people buy those bags of already cut ones for double the price. And there's your center piece, which you can discard. Any large pieces, cut in half.

Braise the Cauliflower

You're going to put all these in a saucepan, add half of a stick of butter and a teaspoon of salt. Over medium heat, we're going to cover it, and we're going to braise the cauliflower in the butter.

So, we're not going to boil it. We're going to braise it, and it's going to get sweet and delicious.

Every once and a while give it a stir. Keep doing that every 5 minutes or so, until it's tender. Now how will you know when it's done? Easy. We're going to poke it with a knife.

Season the Cauliflower

When it is tender, turn up the heat uncovered. You're basically going to reduce the water in there, so we are just left with cauliflower and butter.

When most of the water is gone, turn it off, and we're going to add some seasoning: some white pepper, 1/4 teaspoon, and salt to taste.

Mash the Potatoes and Cauliflower

And then give that a mash. You can mash as much as you like. I like very fine, but you can leave it chunky.

Add your potatoes to the cauliflower, and go ahead and give that another mash. Now that butter seemed like a lot when we put it in at the beginning, but that's for everything. We aren't going to add any more butter.

We're going to add 1/2 cup of milk. We're going to give it one last mash, and believe it or not, that's the recipe.

Serve the Potato and Cauliflower Mash

So simple, so easy, half the calories, more fiber, less carbohydrates… what's not to like? You notice I made up the difference and added some butter on top, of course. And some fresh chives are really nice on this.

I hope you give this a try. It's a fantastic side dish for almost anything. Enjoy! Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the Web at food.about.com.
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