“Baked Potato” Cauliflower Soup

Apparently ’tis the season for cauliflower around our house.  Please don’t let this white underutilized vegetable scare you away from this recipe.  We have served this soup with rave reviews to picky eaters who wouldn’t touch a cauliflower with a 10 foot pole.

Baked Potato” Soup

  1. Thinly slice two large potatoes.
  2. Add potatoes to a pot with 2 cups of milk and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. While waiting for the pot to boil, chop 1/2 head of cauliflower into bite sized pieces and slice one bunch of green onions – separating the whites and the greens.
  5. Once boiling, add cauliflower and onion whites to the pot.
  6. Boil approximately 12 minutes until cauliflower and potatoes are soft.
  7. Add additional 1 cup of milk or add 1 cup heavy cream if you prefer a richer soup.
  8. Move the soup off of the heat.
  9. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup.
  10. Serve with onion greens as a garnish.*

*Additional toppings we sometimes use include shredded cheese, sour cream and the very occasional crumbled bacon.

Baked Potato Soup. Photo credit to the one year-old Freeform Foodie.

Cauliflower Pancakes

We aren’t watching our carbs or looking to sneak vegetables into our food but this would be a perfect recipe for both of these things.  I simply needed a simple side dish that wasn’t green beans, peas, carrots, broccoli or corn.  Out of pure need for variety this recipe was born.

Cauliflower Pancakes

  1. Chop a head of cauliflower into bite size chunks.
  2. Place cauliflower into a pot of water and bring to a boil.
  3. Boil until tender about 10 minutes.
  4. Mash with a potato masher or a fork.  I mash until there is still some texture but the pieces are rather small.
  5. Preheat a griddle or a pan to medium heat.  Use 1 teaspoon of olive oil to keep these from sticking.
  6. Add two eggs, 1/2 cup of Panko, 1 cup shredded Co-Jack cheese, a pinch of salt and a shake of cayenne pepper.
  7. Mix well.
  8. Scoop about 2 Tablespoons onto the heated surface and flatten with the back of the spoon.  Repeat if space allows the patties not to touch.
  9. Cook for about 4 minutes per side.
  10. Serve warm.

Cheesy Cauliflower Patties.  Photo credit to the 3 year old Freefom Foodie.