Soul food is called soul food for a reason. It lifts your spirits and makes you feel warm from the inside out. My list of what qualifies as such is probably longer than most people’s, but what we can probably all agree to be a cozy soul food is a nice heaping pile of mashed potatoes! I mean what do you want to pair your stew beef with? Your turkey and gravy? Your pot roasts? Mashed potatoes! This is the MVP of soul food sides! As the queen of comfort I refuse to live my life without it… or at least a good substitution.
Make way for the most versatile veggie around, the cauliflower! I mean its everywhere these days. I assure you, it is as versatile as they say it is. A real master of disguise. I use it frequently and could have a separate blog just for my love of cauliflower, but for today let’s talk taters.
Pulse until you get that nice rice texture. Add your garlic and yogurt.
Turn on processor until you’ve got a nice thick smooth consistency and toss in your salt and pepper.
The final result should look a bit like this! Enjoy!
What you’ll need:
- A pot and colander for steaming
- A food processor. Trust me. You don’t want to do this by hand! Been there lol I found mine at a thrift store for $5. Best money Ive ever spent.
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 2 large garlic cloves (Garlic is such a personal preference. So feel free to add as much or as little as you prefer depending on your tastes or how long you and your sweetie have been together lol. I love garlic and I also think it helps give the cauliflower a bit more of mashed potato feel)
- 1/2 C of greek yogurt. (this gives it that nice creamy texture)
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Fill your pot with about an inch or so of water (Theres no real science to it, just make sure the water isn’t coming into the colander when you put it in the pot) Then turn to MED/HIGH heat.
- Cut your cauliflower off the stalk and into bite size florets. Doesn’t need to be chopped, thats what the food processor is for. Just reasonable sizes to make its life easier.
- Add cauliflower to colander and let steam for about 10-12 minutes. You want the cauliflower to be tender, but not mushy!
- Put steamed cauliflower in food processor and pulse until you’ve got a rough chop. It’ll look like cauliflower rice.
- Add garlic. Again, no need to chop, the food processor has got your back!
- Add greek yogurt
- Turn on food processor until you’ve got a nice smooth, yet thick consistency.
- Add your salt and pepper to taste and give it a couple more pulses to stir things up.
- Serve and enjoy right away! Cauliflower is a lot of things, a good heat insulator is not one them.