Thursday, December 19, 2013

Low-Fat Potato Casserole

Last year I was obsessed with beet burgers and coconut milk cheddar. This year I can't get enough of this Cheesy Cauliflower Sauce from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen. I've blogged about it before here and here. Yesterday I used the sauce to make individual potato casseroles.

Super Low-Fat Potato Casserole

So creamy and dreamy! They have a cheesy flavor thanks to that awesome thing that is nutritional yeast, and they are creamy and soft and everything that comfort food should be - without all the fat! To call this a recipe would be a stretch, but I will tell you how I made it in case you're in the mood for a super low-fat creamy potato casserole. You will need a whole batch of the Cheesy Cauliflower Sauce and the cornstarch needs to be doubled for this recipe. So you will need to thicken the sauce with two tablespoons of cornstarch instead of one.

Super Low-Fat Potato Casserole


Super Low-Fat Mini Potato Casseroles with Chipotle Peppers
Makes 4 individual casseroles

1 batch of Fat Free Vegan Kitchen's Cheesy Cauliflower Sauce  (double the cornstarch)
2 medium sized russet potatoes
1 or 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
salt and black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and spray four individual 5 inch ramekins with cooking spray. I used crème brûlée ramekins.

2. Prepare your Cheesy Cauliflower Sauce if you haven't done so yet.

3. Wash and peel the potatoes and slice them very thinly with a mandolin slicer. You could slice them by hand, but it would take a long time and your potatoes would start to turn that icky shade of pink that makes them look so unappetizing. If you have no choice but to slice them by hand, you can keep the sliced potatoes in a bowl filled with cold water to keep them from turning pink as you slice the rest.

4. Chop or slice the chipotle peppers. I seeded mine because I am a heat wimp, but you can leave the seeds if you want it to be super hot. I used only one chipotle pepper for all my individual casseroles and that was enough for my wimpy taste buds.

4. Pour a little bit of the Cheesy Cauliflower Sauce into each ramekin. Just enough to cover the bottom. Top with a layer of sliced potatoes (keep half of the potatoes for another layer) scatter some of the chipotle on top of the potatoes, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

5. Pour about half of the remaining sauce to cover the potatoes and peppers and repeat with the other half of your sliced potatoes and chipotles. Sprinkle a bit more salt and pepper and top with the rest of the sauce.

6. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet (In case there is spillage in the oven. You're welcome.) Bake for 45 minutes or until the potatoes feel soft when you insert a knife or a fork in the casserole. My oven doesn't like to brown things so I broiled these on high for two minutes after they were done.

Notes: 

I know that chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are not available everywhere in the world, but you can substitute them with some other spicy pepper or even roasted red bell pepper. Or whatever you think would be good in a potato casserole!

If you top the casseroles with Daiya or your favorite cheese, you can tell people that you made Scalloped Potatoes. 


Super Low-Fat Potato Casserole

That's it! It's a non-brainer of a recipe but it's delicious and satisfying, and it doesn't hurt that it's super low in fat! That means I can have another Chocolate Croissant, right? Right.

Now let's see what the ducks are up to.

Blustery Duck
Aw, cold duckie! Don't you wanna give him a warm cuddle?


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    1. Can't beat a creamy casserole when it's cold outside... or when it's warm! ;)

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  2. mmmm potatoes and nooch - i'm in!

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    1. Potatoes and nooch are kind of the peanut butter and chocolate of the savory world, aren't they?

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  3. Well, that looks good. In fact, it looks excellent, and as soon as I recover from an overload of mashed potatoes and cauliflower, I'm gonna make it. About the duck ... he's covered in down. I do want to brush the snow from his poor, cold little beak, though.

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    1. Let's team up - you do the beak and I'll do his little feetsies. Then maybe we can make him a nice cup of tea or some soup :)

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  4. Nom nom nom.
    Was that little ducky just digging for a potato casserole of his own in the snow with his bill?

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    1. Maybe he was! How rude of me not to make him one. A free round of potato casseroles for all the ducks and geese! (I can count about 60 geese and who knows how many ducks out there - I'm going to have to make a lot of casseroles!)

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  5. Like the duck, I could totally go for that amazing cheezy sauce--holy damn yum! Merry happy whateverness to you, River! xo!

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    1. Merry happy whateverness to you too, Jes! :)

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  6. OH man that looks so good! Great combination of stuff. I really want to put my whole face in it. Is that wrong?

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    1. Nothing wrong with putting your whole face in it - just try not to get any hot chipotle in your your eyes! :P

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  7. Made this today. Great idea!

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    1. Oh boy, this is the most delayed reply ever! I'm sorry! We've been having some distressing duck problems but everybody is OK now and regular comment replying has been resumed :)

      This is such an excellent cheesy sauce, isn't it! One could make all sorts of casseroles with it, and it would go perfectly with any seasonal vegetable from zucchini to winter squash! I'm glad you enjoyed it too, Corrin!

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