This is one of those recipes I really wish I could take credit for making.
Kyle can be really creative in the kitchen, often dubbing himself as Chef Boy-ar-Ehle when he’s whipping up a concoction in the kitchen. I should let him cook more often, to be honest. He says he misses it now that Slim Sanity has taken over, and this is the perfect example of why I should pull the ‘I’ll let you make dinner’ card.
Most of the time I have our meals all planned out and either have half of it already made, or I beat him home and just get cookin’, so it really is a situation where I ask or let him do the cooking. Lucky for me, he both enjoys and excels at cooking. But we do have the occasions (typically on the weekend) where he comes up with something crazy and amazing.
Only once have we had to order pizza instead. 😉
I remember being pretty impressed with Kyle’s cooking skills back in the day. When we met in college, I pretty much only knew how to make Lean Pockets and turkey sandwiches. The occasional pot of spaghetti. I went over to his apartment once before lunch, and I had planned to eat a can of chicken noodle soup when I got home. Instead, Kyle told me ‘Well, a girl’s gotta eat!’ and he whipped up a plate of fettuccine alfredo with broccoli and chicken. It was delicious and refreshing since the stereotypical roles were reversed!
Nowadays, Kyle is the resident grill master and crazy concoction creator. This loaded mashed cauliflower is the perfect example of unusual and delicious. Perhaps it’s really not so unusual, but I tell ya what – I probably wouldn’t have put it together!
This particular recipe isn’t so much of a recipe, as it is putting foods together. But I decided this meal needed a recipe of it’s own!
Make it Paleo: Skip the cheese and peas.
Then get to work!
Loaded Mashed Cauliflower
Yield 3 -4
- One batch of pureed cauliflower (makes 3-4 servings)
- 6-12 oz shredded pork
- Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce (or your favorite BBQ sauce variety)
- shredded cheddar cheese
- 6-8 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- green onions
- peas (optional)
- Place a skillet over medium heat. When hot, add pulled pork to pan with a couple swirls of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce. Heat for 3-5 minutes until heated through.
- Prepare or reheat pureed cauliflower.
- Add cauliflower to bowl or plate. Layer or pile the remaining ingredients as you see fit, in desired proportions. For my dishes, I used approximately: 1 cup pureed cauliflower, 4 oz pork, 1 oz cheddar, 2 strips bacon, 1/4 cup peas.
One of my next projects is going to be making our own BBQ sauce. I’ve made sloppy joes, but I don’t think that sauce would be quite the same as a real BBQ sauce. It’s a challenge we plan to conquer soon, now that grilling season is in full force!