My secret ingredient was the good old "faux-tato"...called cauliflower! I actually picked up a 2-pound bag of raw cauliflower florets this weekend at Costco which yielded about 3 cups of pureed cauliflower after it was cooked. It worked superbly as a replacement for the potatoes and I used cream cheese in place of the flour to help thicken it...and cream in place of the skim milk...REAL cheddar cheese (instead of Velveeta) that I freshly grated so it wouldn't have any starches on it (like pre-shredded cheese has) to hinder it from melting smoothly into my soup...and I used chicken stock instead of bouillon cubes called for in the original recipe. Otherwise, it was essentially the same as the original version...just better! When I cook my cauliflower, I prepare it the same way I do when I make my cauliflower mash -- I cook all the liquid out of it until the pan is essentially dry on the bottom -- not scorched at all, but just until there is no wetness left on the bottom of the pan. Getting all the moisture out of the cauliflower is the key to making it "potato-like" in texture since cooked potatoes tend to be a bit drier inside because of the starch and since potatoes are what we are trying to substitute...it helps if the cauliflower is not waterlogged after cooking it. I garnished our soup the same way I used to garnish the original version...with extra shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. While my soup was cooking, I oven roasted some Maverick Ranch Applewood Smoked Bacon and crumbled it on top of the soup when I served it. This soup is rich, creamy, cheesy and decadent...just like the original version. If I hadn't made the soup with my own two hands...I could have easily tricked myself! LOL Below are a few photos as well as the recipe. If you are curious in seeing the original version of this soup...here is the post, recipe and photos when I made it almost 2 years ago, before I went wheat/grain free and low carb...so you can compare the 2 versions for yourself. ---> "Golden Cream of Potato Soup". Enjoy!
|How about those "faux-tatoes" -- I'll never tell!|
Golden Cream of Faux-tato Soup
2 pounds raw cauliflower florets
1 cup heavy cream
Place cauliflower and 1 cup of water in a large pot or Dutch oven; cover and bring to a boil and cook about 10-15 minutes or until tender. Remove lid and continue cooking until no water remains in bottom of pot (watching closely and careful not to burn or scorch) and cauliflower is not waterlogged. Puree cauliflower with an immersion blender or regular blender until smooth (yields approximately 3 cups of pureed cauliflower); transfer puree to a bowl and set aside
In same pot, add celery, carrots, onion, parsley, chicken stock, salt and pepper; bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cover and reduce heat to low and simmer until vegetables are tender, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Return and add pureed cauliflower back to pot and stir into soup mixture; heat thoroughly until hot; add cream cheese and stir until melted throughout. Stir in cream and heat over medium heat; careful not to boil. Stir in the shredded cheddar cheese, half at a time, stirring frequently until melted and well blended. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt and pepper, as necessary. Do not boil soup; heat just until it begins to simmer (stirring constantly to keep from burning or sticking to bottom of pan). Remove from heat. Ladle into bowls and garnish with shredded cheese and crumbled bacon, if desired.