Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Very Low Carb Meal

Are you watching your carb intake? If so, make this dinner. You won't be sorry and you won't feel deprived.

Instead of mashed potatoes, I made mashed cauliflower. I made it the same way I do my potatoes. I poured milk in a bowl and added some butter and a few tablespoons of cream cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Using lean ground beef, form hamburger patties that are mixed with a bit of Worcestershire sauce and dried onion.

Boil cauliflower in salted water until it is soft. Drain it thoroughly.

It becomes translucent when it is done.

Make some gravy. Heat some oil in a pot and add a bunch of chopped vegetables. I used parsnips, turnips, carrots, onion and celery. Cook them until they turn golden and the bottom of the pan is brown. This takes about 30 minutes. Sprinkle the vegetables with 3 tablespoons of flour and cook for 2 minutes stirring everything around. Add a cup of red wine and deglaze the pot. Then add 4-5 cups of beef broth. Add a couple tablespoons Maggi for flavor. Cook until it starts to thicken. Drain the gravy through a sieve to remove the vegetables. Add the gravy back to the pot and keep it at a simmer.

Place the cauliflower in the bowl with the milk and use an immersion blender to blend it to mashed potato consistency.

The gravy should be thickened but not too thick.

Stir some freshly chopped parsley into the gravy.

Season the hamburgers with salt and pepper and whatever seasoning you like. I use Montreal steak seasoning. Cook them over high heat until darkened on both sides but do not overcook. They will continue to cook when you remove them from the pan.

Place a scoop of the mashed cauliflower on a plate. Put a burger on top and drizzle gravy over all.

My family has declared mashed cauliflower as their favorite over mashed potatoes. They are remarkably similar though the cauliflower has much more flavor.