Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ruby Tuesday Copy Cat

I know it isn't what you expect around here, but I'm actually sharing a recipe this morning.  What's more, there won't even be a Lucy ending. I made it without any hiccups, and it tasted really good, too. That's why I'm sharing.

Well that, and I can't think of anything else interesting to share right now.

We stopped for lunch at Ruby Tuesday a few weeks ago, and I ordered their mashed cauliflower as a low carb option to mashed potatoes. Have you ever had one of those moments in a restaurant where you just keep exclaiming over the taste of a dish? Well, this was one of them.

I've had them two times since then, too. Since I'm too cheap to keep going out to eat, I decided to google and see if anyone had copycatted them. They had. 

Now, we actually like our vegetables pretty plain around here. Generally speaking, we either use the grill or the steamer. I don't enjoy cooking enough to go to a lot of trouble. This recipe was no trouble at all.


Ruby Tuesday Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

Steam one head cauliflower until tender (The recipe calls for 15-20 minutes. Since I wanted mashed cauliflower and not mushed cauliflower, I did mine for 10 minutes.)
Cool.
Puree pieces with 1/2 c. water until smooth, leaving a few tiny pieces for texture.
Heat in a medium saucepan with:

1T cornstarch in 1/4 c. water
1 t. sugar (I used Splenda)
1/3 c. whipping cream (I used half and half)
1/2 t. salt (I didn't use this much and really don't think it's necessary with all the other stuff)
1/4 t. white pepper*
1/8 t. onion powder
1/8 t. garlic powder

Cook about 10 more minutes, stirring often.

That's it. The husband doesn't even love cauliflower that much and still thought it was delicious.  According to him, it didn't rise to the level of a mashed potato, but it stood well on its own. I thought they tasted nearly identical to the Ruby Tuesday version. *My only complaint was that they were a tad hotter. The next time I make them, I'll reduce the amount of white pepper.

And that's it. No leftovers. Just a happy camper singing Good-Bye Ruby Tuesday. In my head, I sound just like Mick Jagger.

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37 comments:

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Debbie, this is so funny to me because awhile back I, too, chose the mashed cauliflower at Ruby Tuesdays as an alternative to trying-not-to-go-there (delicious) mashed potatoes -- and I loved it! (Have had it a couple of times since myself.) I even tried it at home but, unlike you, I didn't look online for an already-tested recipe ... and mine lacked a little. Now that I see the full list of ingredients, I know why. I happen to be glad you shared this today, and I will try it again.

Denise said...

Sounds good.

Kathryn Ross said...

Ah! You almost make me want to go out and buy some cauliflower. Can't though - it's on my "don't do it" list with cabbage and avocado - not a pretty picture in the aftermath of taste-bud heaven.

However - if I can stand the green - maybe do this to achieve a creamed broccoli? Perhaps - creamed carrots? Sounds like experiment time in my kitchen with my "to do" foods.

Joy!
Kathy

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

These sound delicious....good that you can be a copy cat!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Thanks...I have been meaning to put more cauliflower in our diet, and this would be so much better than the potatoes my husband always wants, but the doctors don't want him to have.

Of course, yours looks great on your place setting.

Debbie said...

Good morning! I am always looking for a new vegetable recipe...especially one for something like cauliflower...this sounds really good. I am definitely going to give it a try. I do love creamed spinach, and creamed broccoli too! Yum...thanks for sharing these...Have a good day!

Denise said...

I am so glad you posted this recipe. I bought a head of cauliflower yesterday so I could try it. Now my only problem is how to puree. My blender is broken and I don't own a food processor. I guess I could sneak over to the newlywed niece's cottage and borrow hers. This recipe sounds so delicious, I can't wait to give it a try. I'll be sure to let you know how it turns out.

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

Happy Tuesday Debbie! You get an A+ here from your low-carb follower. I'm glad to have your recipe and even happier to know where I can go and order it on date night. Thanks and keep it up. I think your food blogger future is bright!

Gayle said...

I love cauliflower. Never tried it mashed, but sounds fab. The best soup I've ever had was cauliflower soup from a Los Angeles hotel where I was staying. To die for.

Rettabug said...

"Good-Bye Ruby Tuesday" Hahahaha!
You crack me up every time I come here.

I drive past a RT every week after tennis. I am going to stop in, just to try their version someday.

I have one head cauliflower in the veggie crisper right now, so I'll be making YOUR version tonight to go along with our roast beast. Thanks for sharing all that you did to it.

Hugs,
Rett

p.s. Wish you could come over for a piece of pie....I have a WICKEDLY good coconut cream that you would LOVE! I'll make it for you someday.

Crickit said...

This sounds really good. I love cauliflower and this creamy version sounds awesome! I will be trying out this recipe on my family when I return home. I don't think the kids here are to fond of the white stuff.

Miss Merry said...

We don't have a Ruby Tuesday's, so I was unaware of the mashed cauliflower phenomena! I was never a cauliflower fan, but a friend once brought a whole cauliflower microwaved (steamed) with cheese to a potluck that changed my mind. I might just have to try your recipe, too! I love your sense of humor and way with words!

Tricia said...

My husband makes a version of this, but I will share this recipe with him. He also makes a fab mock mac and cheese using cauliflower instead of macaroni since we've been eating low-carb.

Sherry said...

Looks delicious Debbie!
Sherry

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Sounds good. We have a RT here in our small town, but haven't been there in ages. I've done the copy cat of Olive Garden's Pasta Fagioli soup and it's really good!

Katherine

P.S. - the best cauliflower I ever had was chunks rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried!! .....but, we won't go there!!

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Hi, Debbie. I'm stopping by to check in on you since you stopped by and visited first, and were nice enough to comment on my "girl" table :). Thanks! I'm soooo glad this was the post of the day--I just had some steamed cauliflower recently and wondered why I don't have it more often. I'll be anxious to try this!! Plus, I'll be stopping by Ruby Tuesday soon to try their too! Thanks! ~Zuni

Barbara F. said...

I love mashed potatoes, and I also like cauliflower. This sounds like a good recipe to try. xo

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

We have a Ruby Tuesday here but since it's a recent addition you can't get a table. Thanks for the recipe I"ma gonna try it (())

FrouFrouBritches said...

Oh, how I love me some mashed potatoes. they are my crack! MMMM! I don't like cauliflower by itself, however, I have combined mashed cauliflower in WITH my mashed potatoes to lower the calories. It was surprisingly delicious. I'm such a picky eater. No wonder my butt is the size of a barn.

Canadagirl said...

Hmmmm I have been seeing this around and didn't consider it till you gave it the green light. I think I will have to try it. Thank you so much for giving us the recipe too! [o=

Blessings and ((HUGS))
-Mary

Gaby said...

I have tried to make this before on my own and my family would not eat it. I will try your recipe and see if I have more success.

Dianne said...

I pinned you on Pinterest--I tried this some years ago and loved it but had forgotten the recipe--thanks!

Sonja said...

well aren't you clever! I'm not a fan of cauliflower, but this gives it a new look. My mom used to steam a whole head of it and drizzle sauteed cracker crumbs in butter over the top, with steamed carrots and green beans piled on the sides. I went for the carrots and the drizzle!

However... I may have to give this one a try...

Angel @ Finding The Inspiring said...

This must be a sign...I never buy cauliflower but recently heard about using it as a sub for mashed potatoes and thought it sounded like something I'd like to try. So now that you've given me the recipe I have no excuses. Cauliflower, here I come!!!

Patti said...

Oh, Debbie, this is a definite must-try recipe! I love mashed potatoes, but I don't like all the starch associated with them. I don't mind cauliflower, so I think this will be quite delicious.

Thanks for sharing,
Patti

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Cool beans, er... cauliflower! It sounds great-enjoy:@)

Rose said...

I love cauliflower and this looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing it.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I LOVE cauliflower 'mashed potatoes'!! I use parmesan and a little bit of low fat milk in the food processor and ta-dah! Yum! blessings ~ tanna

no spring chicken said...

Yum!

And you sounded just like Mick in writing too... how do you do that? ;)

Blessings, Debbie

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I know I would like this. Will give it a try.

Jennie said...

Even weirder than the fact that we both posted copykat recipes when we don't post about food is the fact that I have some cauliflower in my fridge right now (a rare occurrence) and that I ate at Ruby Tuesdays for lunch today. Parallel lives much? ;)

SO glad you found a suitable substitute!

Chatty Crone said...

I have had it at Ruby Tuesdays - it is okay - but for me - not good enough to want to make at home! HAHA sandie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Well, aren't you smart - googling to get a copy cat recipe. I bet that is good, and it really doesn't sound difficult. For me to go get some at Ruby Tuesdays, I'd have to drive an hour and a half, so making my own may be the only way I'll get to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. laurie

Carol said...

What a wonderful idea!

Knitty said...

Thanks for posting this recipe. I haven't had it at Ruby Tuesday, but I do like mashed cauliflower.

Debbiedoo's said...

Yummy! I have had those mashed potatoes, I mean cauliflower before, they are so good.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

And she cooks too!! Super women, that looks fabulous! And Hubby liked it Bonus! I do so little cooking I have never heard of white pepper...Oh, don't tell anyone!

Carol

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