You wanna know how I come by about 89% of the Foodie-submitted posts on this blog?
I am watching you.
Yes, I am. And when one of you says, “Hey, Nik, I tried ______ and I really liked it!” I POUNCE! Because I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, REALLY do mean it when I say I love to see what you guys are doing in your kitchens! So I email you. Or message you. Or stalk you online (I only had to do that three times though) until you send me that recipe (with pics, please!).
Folks…don’t make me work so hard. You know when you have a moment of Foodie genius. And most of you have smart phones, or at least phones capable of snapping and emailing a picture.
So when you have these moments of glory in the kitchen, when the entire fam is raving about what YOU just made for dinner and you’re feeling pretty damn good because two months ago you didn’t even know it was possible to eat healthfully and deliciously and you’re beginning to think this whole WLS thing just might work out after all…hit a sista up with a recipe and a pic! There are other Foodies sitting where you were two months ago who will be eternally grateful. I’m just sayin.
So this recipe is a remix of a BF recipe. You might remember last week I mentioned faux-tato salad. I love the stuff! Me and potatoes? Enhh. I can eat them. But I’m not that passionate about them. But I do love potato salad. It’s the quintessential summer food. So when former BF co-author Jen taught me to make faux-tato salad I was all in!
Apparently so was Dana. But like any good Foodie, he decided to play with his food to make it his fauxtato salad. Here’s what he did:
(Nik Note: My profuse apologies for calling you a she, Dana. I was in auto-mode typing this post and I think my fingers took over my brain! Thank you for calling me out!)
Dana’s Red Hot Faux-tato Salad
4 large eggs, hard boiled & diced up (I mash mine up with a potato
1 medium sweet onion, chopped fine
1 c. Greek Yogurt
1/2 c. Kraft Low-Fat Horseradish-Dijon Reduced Fat Sandwich
1/4 c. Horseradish
Mustard from Aldi (Burman’s??)
1/4 c. chopped dill pickles
1/2 bunch fresh Italian Parsley, minced
1/2 bunch fresh Dill,
Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder (to
1/4 c. (or more to taste) Frank’s Red Hot sauce
2 tsp Paprika (plus a few splicks for garnish) Nik Note: Dana I love you for validating “splick” as a measurement. MWAH
From there you’re going to use the same directions as Jen’s Faux-tato salad, which are as follows.
- Fill a pot 1/2 full with cold water and a pinch of salt.
- Remove the cauliflower florets from the stalk and put them into the pot of water. Bring it up to a rolling boil, then let it simmer for about 5 minutes or so until the cauliflower is fork tender. (If you have a rice cooker with a steamer insert, you can cook the cauliflower in the steamer. You could also put the florets in a microwave safe bowl with a little water in the bottom and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Poke a few holes in the plastic to vent it, then microwave for 4 or 5 minutes until the cauliflower is steamed.) OR you can buy 3 bags of that Birdseye Steam Fresh Cauliflower, nuke it, and skip all that stuff I said in the previous paragraph. Once the cauliflower is done, mash it up with a potato masher (or pulse it in the food processor) until it is the consistency of lumpy mashed potatoes.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, and mustard until thoroughly combined. Add a pinch of salt, half a pinch of pepper, and a sprinkle of garlic powder. Now add the minced Parsley and Dill, pickle relish, and chopped onion, and whisk thoroughly.
- Add the chopped eggs to the cauliflower, then combine the Greek yogurt mixture with the eggs and cauliflower. Fold it together with a rubber spatula until it is well mixed. NOW TASTE IT and adjust your seasonings. The mustard usually hides the “twang” of the Greek yogurt, but you may need more salt and pepper.