Mock Mashed Potato Bar Meal Makeover

My girls love it when I serve Baked Potato Bar! That would be a baked potato with fun toppings for them to add to their taters.  This is a great dinner time meal to get picky eaters involved in choosing the choice of toppings you have out for them. 

The recipe today is for Mock Mashed Potato Bar! This involves cauliflower, cooked and mashed like mashed potatoes and then offering fun toppings to be added!(Low Carb dieters dream side dish) This recipe was a huge hit even by the girl who doesn't like "fake mashed potatoes." She is the one who helped me make this dish. 

 I love getting kids involved in in the kitchen! It is great for bonding, reading, math, and self-survival skills!

 This is our final product before adding in the toppings

Mock Mashed Potato Bar
  • 1 head cauliflower, washed and broken into florets (about 4 cups florets)
  • 1 pkg Hidden Valley® The Original Ranch® Dressing mix
  • 2 T fat-free milk
  • 3 T butter
  • 1 T garlic powder (fresh garlic, minced would be great in this, too!)
Cook (boil or steam) the cauliflower until it is fork tender (approx 20 min). Let it sit in the colander to drain at least 15 min so all the water can drain out (shake it several times). Put in food processor/mixer and mix all the above ingredients until mashed potato smooth.
Toppings- lay out your favorites and let everyone make their own! Here are some of our choices:
  • Bacon fried and crumbled into bits
  • Dry onion flakes
  • Chives
  • Black olives
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Garlic powder
  • Crushed red pepper

Have you ever made mock mashed potatoes? Leave a comment and share your recipe!

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