I have never been a huge fan of Thanksgiving Day fare… but the much-anticipated mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce made the meal, at least for me, not a total waste.
So needless to say, when my Mom replaced my beloved potatoes with cauliflower I was none-too-pleased. But it wasn’t so much that she made a new dish in place of my favorite, it was that she tried to convince me that they tasted exactly like mashed potatoes.
Well, I will say this much folks. They didn’t. And because I was a teenage “little-shit” I didn’t bother to acknowledge, that while they didn’t taste the same, they were actually pretty good. Knowing myself at that awful, angsty, bratty age I’m inclined to believe that I probably took one or two irritated nibbles and the moved onto enjoy a dinner made up of cranberry sauce.
And with that I’d like to apologize to my Mom :/ and tell you a little bit about my Cauliflower Chowder (or if you’re from Rhode Island and have my very favorite accent… Chowdah).
First off, I’d like to say something you don’t read much from food bloggers using cauliflower as a substitute for bready, potatoey, grain-rich carbs. This chowder is in no way meant to serve as a replacement for potato chowder. Sure, you can use the same garnishes and tell yourself you’re eating chowder made from the Antichrist. But the thing is, you’re not… the taste and texture is different. That isn’t too say this chowder is worse, or even better for that matter. But it’s not potato chowder, just like my mom’s mashed cauliflower wasn’t mashed potatoes.
But I will tell you that this Cauliflower Chowder is very very very delicious. And if you love cauliflower the same way I do, you will certainly love this soup. Just don’t try to trick your kids or yourself into thinking it’s made from potatoes. And really, folks who needs potatoes when you’ve got bacon.