Faux Potatoes – Caveman Keto https://cavemanketo.com Weight loss through low carb cooking Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:11:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 Fried Radish Hashbrowns https://cavemanketo.com/fried-radish-hashbrowns/ https://cavemanketo.com/fried-radish-hashbrowns/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:07:06 +0000 https://cavemanketo.com/?p=4881 One of the things I really miss from back in my carb days is hashbrowns.  I’ve made them with turnips before so I figured, why not give Radishes a try? Just the other day I made a Radish Scramble and I figured I’d try to see exactly how versatile these little red buggers were! If …

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One of the things I really miss from back in my carb days is hashbrowns.  I’ve made them with turnips before so I figured, why not give Radishes a try? Just the other day I made a Radish Scramble and I figured I’d try to see exactly how versatile these little red buggers were! If you’re craving potatoes, check out my entire section of faux potato recipes.
Raw RadishesStart with some fresh Radishes!Radishes Ready for SlicingWash the Radishes and cut the tops and bottoms off.Radish Dropping into Food ProcessorFor this recipe, I used the chute on my food processor.  All you do is turn the unit on and chuck these things in! I used the grating blade for this part.Grated RadishesAs you can see, the result is perfectly shredded Radishes.Peeled ShallotsNext, I added some shallots.  Remove the outer skin as shown but keep the shallot whole.Sliced ShallotsThen I used the slicing blade on the food processor to thinly slice the shallots.  I just threw them down the same chute. Obviously you could just use a knife but I already had the food processor out and dirty.Radish Hashbrown IngredientsNext, throw all of the ingredients into a large bowl and mix.  Note that not all the ingredients are shown because I had to adjust the recipe for the pancakes to stick together.Mixed Radish HashbrownsHere’s what your mixture should look like!Melting ButterNow heat some bacon grease and melt some butter in a cast iron skillet!Frying Radish HashbrownsMake little “pancakes” of the radish hashbrowns and fry them.  Don’t make them too big or else they will be impossible to flip.Fried Radish HashbrownsHere’s the finished Fried Radish Hashbrowns with a dollop of sour cream on top!
Fried Radish Hashbrowns
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 3
  • Serving size: ⅓rd (3 pancakes)
  • Calories: 238
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Sodium: 440mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 175mg
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb Radishes
  • 2 Shallots
  • ¼ tsp Paprika
  • ¼ tsp Thyme
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Pepper
  • 1 whole egg + 1 yolk
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Flour
  • 2 Oz Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Bacon Grease
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
Instructions
  1. Start by washing the radishes and cutting off the tops and bottoms
  2. Shred the radishes using a food processor
  3. Peel the shallots, then use the food processor with the slicing blade
  4. Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl except the butter and grease and mix
  5. Heat the bacon grease and butter in a skillet
  6. Scoop out some of the mixture into the skillet and pan fry until crisp, flipping once
Cuisinart 9-Cup Food Processor
I first got this food processor as a wedding gift and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Well, let me tell you, its been a godsend on keto! I shred cheese, slice brussels sprouts, and rice cauliflower like a boss!
Lodge 12-inch Cast Iron Skillet
The only pan you really need. Once properly seasoned, this pan can cook anything you can imagine! Lasts forever and never wears out.
Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Flour
Coconut flour is a nice alternative to almond flour. It is a finer grind than almond flour and absorbs more liquid than almond flour. It does have a more distinctive taste but is a good flour alternative to have around the kitchen.

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Spaghetti Squash Pancakes https://cavemanketo.com/spaghetti-squash-pancakes/ https://cavemanketo.com/spaghetti-squash-pancakes/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:01:07 +0000 https://cavemanketo.com/?p=3213 Earlier this week I made some Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce and it was amazing!  It got me thinking, what else could I do with Spaghetti Squash?  Its very stringy and it reminded me a lot of my previous experiments with faux potatoes.  Particularly, the turnip hash browns I’ve made in the past. With that …

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Earlier this week I made some Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce and it was amazing!  It got me thinking, what else could I do with Spaghetti Squash?  Its very stringy and it reminded me a lot of my previous experiments with faux potatoes.  Particularly, the turnip hash browns I’ve made in the past. With that as inspiration I decided to make some Spaghetti Squash Pancakes!
BaconLike every good keto recipe, this one starts with bacon!  Get out your cast iron skillet and get frying!Bacon with Bacon PressI like my bacon flat so I always use a bacon press for more even cooking.Finished BaconHere’s the finished bacon, YUM!Leftover Spaghetti SquashI made Spaghett Squash the other night for my Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce recipe.  If you don’t already have some in your fridge, prepare it via this recipes.EggsStart with two eggs in a bowl.Spaghetti Squash with EggsThen add the Spaghetti SquashCheese and Spices with Spaghetti SquashThrow the rest of the spices and the cheese into the mixture.Spaghetti Squash MixtureMix it all up!Added Bacon to Spaghetti Squash MixtureNow crumble the bacon into the mixture.Final Spaghetti Squash MixtureHere’s the final mixture.Cast Iron Skillet with Bacon GreaseNow add some bacon grease into the cast iron skillet and get it really hot!  Ideally you just cooked the bacon in this pan so you probably won’t have to add any additional grease.   Frying Spaghetti Squash PancakesSplit the mixture into four sections and spoon it into the pan.  Use something like a fish spatula to push down on the piles to make them flat like pancakes. Now at this point, it is very important that you DON’T touch the mixture.  You need the bottom to set.  The amount of time required on one side isn’t totally set, but the edges will start to get brown and you’ll notice that the pancake feels like it can be flipped with the spatula.Frying Spaghetti Squash PancakeFlip it when it looks like this!Spaghetti Squash PancakeTop with some sour cream and you’ve got one scrumptious breakfast!  I think Spaghetti Squash might make an even better pancake than potatoes in this format!
Spaghetti Squash Pancakes
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 2
  • Serving size: 2 pancakes
  • Calories: 287
  • Fat: 18
  • Carbohydrates: 10
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 19
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Ingredients
  • 4 Slices Thick Cut Bacon
  • 2 Eggs
  • 284g (10 Oz) Cooked Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 30 g (1 Oz) Parmesan Cheese
Instructions
  1. Prepare the Spaghetti Squash per this post
  2. Cook the bacon until crisp
  3. Add the eggs, Spaghetti Squash, spices and cheese to a bowl and mix
  4. Crumble the bacon and add to the mixture
  5. Heat some bacon grease in a skillet until shimmering
  6. Scoop the mixture into the bacon grease into four piles and use a spatula to compress the piles flat
  7. After the bottoms begin to brown, flip
  8. Optionally, serve with a dollop of sour cream and / or some chives!
Lodge 12-inch Cast Iron Skillet
The only pan you really need. Once properly seasoned, this pan can cook anything you can imagine! Lasts forever and never wears out.
Bacon Press
The Bacon Press is mandatory for anyone calling themselves a keto cook. Its such a simple but useful tool. You place it on top of your bacon to hold it down. That is it. But it yields perfectly flat bacon and is the only way to get a perfect bacon weave!
OXO Fish Spatula
This is hands down, my favorite spatula. I don’t even let it go in the dishwasher for fear I’ll need to use it during the hour wash cycle. Its that amazing. The longevity and flexibility allows you to get under bacon weaves or complex egg structures with ease.

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Mashed Cauliflower https://cavemanketo.com/mashed-cauliflower/ https://cavemanketo.com/mashed-cauliflower/#comments Tue, 02 Apr 2013 20:56:02 +0000 https://cavemanketo.com/?p=2157 Mashed Cauliflower: There are many like it, but this one is mine.  This version turned out really well, I actually mashed it with a potato masher instead of grinding it to a pulp like usual. I served it at Easter along with Green Bean Casserole and Ham.Here’s the finished mashed cauliflower, it worked out really …

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Mashed Cauliflower: There are many like it, but this one is mine.  This version turned out really well, I actually mashed it with a potato masher instead of grinding it to a pulp like usual. I served it at Easter along with Green Bean Casserole and Ham.Mashed CauliflowerHere’s the finished mashed cauliflower, it worked out really well!Whole Head of CauliflowerStart with a whole head of cauliflower.  Make sure to wash it.Removing Cauliflower LeavesThen, flip it over and cut off all of the leaves.  Then cut out the stump in the middle.Chopped CauliflowerChop the cauliflower down to manageable sized pieces.Bacon on cooking panFor the bacon, I chose to cook it in the convection oven. I like pan frying bacon but when I’m trying to multitask, it works well to use the oven. Also this smaller oven is much faster to heat up and the convection cooks the bacon in 15-20 minutes from cold.Cooking baconHere’s the bacon in the convection oven.Cooked BaconAnd the finished bacon!Crumbled BaconWhen it cools, crumble it into pieces.Cubing CheeseNow, onto the cheese.  For this recipe I like to make cubes of cheese. This cheese slicer really makes quick work of large blocks of cheese. I find that knives get stuck when cutting the cheese.Cubed CheeseI cut up cubes of both cheddar and Monterey Jack.Boiling WaterNow, boil some water for the cauliflower.Boiled CauliflowerHere’s the boiled cauliflower.  8-10 minutes should do it.  It should slide off a fork.Draining CauliflowerMake sure to drain it well.Mashing CauliflowerNow for the fun part, take the potato masher and go crazy. Also add the cream cheese at this step. I used to take an immersion blender and go to town on the cauliflower but I found that the hand masher results in a better, less liquidy final product. Adding Cheese and BaconAdd the cheese and bacon. After this step I also put it in a casserole dish and baked it for 10 or so minutes.  This is optional but allows the cheese to melt more.Mashed Cauliflower with Low Carb Bourbon Glazed Ham and Cheesy Green Bean CasseroleI served the Mashed Cauliflower with some green bean casserole and ham for Easter dinner.
Mashed Cauliflower
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6
  • Serving size: ⅙th
  • Calories: 210
  • Fat: 15
  • Carbohydrates: 8
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 12
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Ingredients
  • 1 Head Cauliflower
  • 2 Oz. Cream Cheese
  • 5 Slices Bacon
  • 2½ Oz. Cheddar Cheese
  • 2½ Oz. Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon and crumble
  2. Wash, deleave and chop up the cauliflower
  3. Bring some water to a boil, then add the cauliflower and boil for 9 minutes
  4. While the cauliflower is boiling, cube the cheeses
  5. Drain the cauliflower
  6. Mash the cauliflower, then add the cream cheese and mash again
  7. Season with salt and pepper
  8. Stir in the cheese and bacon
  9. (Optional) Transfer to a baking dish and bake for 10 minutes @ 350 degrees
 

Cheese Slicer
This kitchen accessory is perfect for anyone who entertains! It can quickly cube medium to hard cheese in a flash. Much easier than getting out a knife and yields consistent sized cubes.
Potato Smasher
Even though potatoes are a no-no on the keto diet, it doesn’t mean this common kitchen accessory is worthless. Use it to smash cauliflower or to rough shop any sort of veggies. Often the veggies used in keto have a high water content so smashing by hand yields much more consistent, less watery faux potatoes!
Black and Decker Convection Oven
My convection oven is my best friend. Whenever I am making a dinner for just one or two I always use this over my full sized oven. Meals like Lazy Keto Chicken were designed for this thing, the hot air cooks stuff super fast and uses less energy.

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Faux Potato Quest: Mashed Rutabagas https://cavemanketo.com/faux-potato-quest-mashed-rutabagas/ https://cavemanketo.com/faux-potato-quest-mashed-rutabagas/#comments Sat, 31 Mar 2012 11:53:49 +0000 https://cavemanketo.com/?p=708 In my last post I was trying to recreate hash browns using Rutabagas. Today I will recreate the old standby, mashed potatoes.  Even though the Rutabaga is not quite as low carb as I thought it was, its still a decent vegetable for this process.  For the same volume as this recipe, 300g, Cauliflower is …

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In my last post I was trying to recreate hash browns using Rutabagas. Today I will recreate the old standby, mashed potatoes.  Even though the Rutabaga is not quite as low carb as I thought it was, its still a decent vegetable for this process.  For the same volume as this recipe, 300g, Cauliflower is 16 carbs, 8 fiber.  Potatoes come in at 54 carbs and 4 fiber and Rutabagas come in at 24 carbs and 8 fiber (all per MFP).  So this recipe has more carbs than just using cauliflower but far less than actual potatoes.Mashed RutabagasHere is the finished product; looks just like mashed potatoes!Boiling RutabagasStart by skinning the Rutabaga and chopping it into cubes.  They don’t have to be as small as this.  I prechopped the rutabaga for my breakfast rutabaga hash browns so they were already small.  Bring to a boil and simmer until soft.  This means you can fork it and the cube falls off the fork.Drain the RutabagasDrain the Rutabagas.  I had some shredded rutabaga left over from breakfast so I threw that into the water as well.Rutabagas in Food ProcessorThrow the Rutabagas into your food processor with the chopping attachment installed.  Pulse it until the Rutabagas are broken into small pieces.Chopped RutabagasHere is the chopped Rutabagas. At this point, I threw in some sour cream, cheese and butter and pulsed it again.  Once that was melted and incorporated, I removed the blade and folded in some bacon.  You can put whatever you want into your mashed Rutabagas.  Other ideas could include green onions, cream instead of sour cream, etc.Mashed Rutabagas PlatedHere is the final product, plated with some pork carnitas! Enjoy!!

Mashed Rutabagas
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: 1
  • Calories: 334
  • Fat: 28
  • Carbohydrates: 9
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 11
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Ingredients
  • 400 g Peeled, Cubed Rutabagas
  • 8 Tbsp Sour Cream
  • 4 Oz. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Slices Bacon
Instructions
  1. Peel the Rutabaga and cut into cubes
  2. Place in a pan and cover with water
  3. Boil Rutabagas and reduce to simmer
  4. While Rutabagas are cooking, fry up two slices of bacon
  5. Rutabagas are done when you fork them and they slide off the fork
  6. Place Rutabagas into a food processor and mix
  7. Add cheese, sour cream and butter and process more
  8. Fold in crumbled bacon with a spatula
Cuisinart 9-Cup Food Processor
I first got this food processor as a wedding gift and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Well, let me tell you, its been a godsend on keto! I shred cheese, slice brussels sprouts, and rice cauliflower like a boss!
Large 8 Quart Stockpot
In addition to a cast iron skillet, you’ve really got to have a stockpot. Useful for cooking stovetop chilis or just cooking up some meat, its a great addition to any kitchen.

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Faux Potato Quest: Turnip (Rutabaga) Hash Browns https://cavemanketo.com/faux-potato-quest-turnip-hash-browns/ https://cavemanketo.com/faux-potato-quest-turnip-hash-browns/#comments Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:07:38 +0000 https://cavemanketo.com/?p=689 One of the items often missed by those on the keto diet are potatoes.  This starchy vegetable comes in so many different arrangements: fries, hash browns, tots, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, etc. I made the standard cauliflower mashed potatoes but for me they were missing something.  When St. Patrick’s day came around I saw tons …

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One of the items often missed by those on the keto diet are potatoes.  This starchy vegetable comes in so many different arrangements: fries, hash browns, tots, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, etc. I made the standard cauliflower mashed potatoes but for me they were missing something.  When St. Patrick’s day came around I saw tons of Yellow Turnips showing up in the store and it got me thinking.  It turns out the Yellow Turnip, as some astute readers pointed out actually a Rutabaga, is a relatively low carb vegetable. So here goes nothing, lets try some Rutabaga hash browns!Yellow Turnip HashbrownsHere is the finished result!  They turned out just like the potato hashbrowns I used to make!Yellow TurnipI’m going to be honest here, I’ve never made on of these, let alone seen one before this, but I figured I’d give it my best shot.  I started by peeling off the skin.  Then I quartered it and set half of it aside.Making HashbrownsThe next step is to make the strings of the hash browns.  Unfortunately the only way to really do this is with a heavy duty food processor.  When I first got this thing, I didn’t think I’d use it that much, but now I grate all my own cheese with it and slice stuff up as well as mix using the various attachments. Its actually a lot more useful than I thought it would be.Grated TurnipsAs you can see, it made quick work out of the Rutabagas.  We now need to get it ready to fry.Turnips in a bowlThrow about 4 oz of grated Rutabagas into a bowl.  Add an egg and some cheese (probably 1-2 oz of grated cheese).  Mix together to make a sort of glop.  When I used to make hash browns this way with potatoes I would also add flour here but its not necessary.  You could also get creative and add bacon, green onions, jalapenos, etc. Its important not to make too much.  If you do, it won’t fry and it will just fall apart.  Its better to make multiple batches than to make too much and have a soggy mess.Frying Turnip HashbrownsHeat some bacon fat in a skillet until really hot, then add the hash browns mixture.  Make sure to spread it thin so that the oil can cook through.  If you haven’t made hash browns before, it might take some practice to get it down to just one flip without burning or undercooking the bottom.Hash BrownsWhen the bottom looks like this, I flip it.  I cut it in half both to make it easier and because there are two of us eating it.Finished Meal with Turnip Hash BrownsHere is the finished meal with some eggs.  I fried them up in the same pan in the left over bacon grease after cooking the Turnip Hash Browns.  Stay tuned for Rutabaga Mashed Potatoes in the next couple of days!!
Turnip Hash Browns
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 2
  • Serving size: 1
  • Calories: 231
  • Fat: 20
  • Carbohydrates: 6
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 8
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Ingredients
  • 1 Rutabaga
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Oz. Shredded Cheese
  • To Taste Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder, Granulated Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Bacon Grease
Instructions
  1. Peel the turnip, cut into quarters and shred 4 oz of turnip, save the rest for either more hashbrowns or another recipe
  2. Combine Egg and cheese with turnips and mix
  3. Heat bacon grease in a skillet
  4. Add mixture, turning once
Notes
Note that most of the calories come from the bacon fat, so depending on how much you use or if you use a different type of oil, the nutrition info will change. I advise you to enter it in something like MFP to see what your exact version turns out to be.
 

Cuisinart 9-Cup Food Processor
I first got this food processor as a wedding gift and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Well, let me tell you, its been a godsend on keto! I shred cheese, slice brussels sprouts, and rice cauliflower like a boss!
Lodge 12-inch Cast Iron Skillet
The only pan you really need. Once properly seasoned, this pan can cook anything you can imagine! Lasts forever and never wears out.
RSVP Stoneware Grease Keeper
Never throw away bacon fat. Ever! This thing is the coolest invention. It’s a little ceramic container that has a built-in filter that stores your bacon grease. You simply pour the grease into it when you’re done frying some bacon and its ready to spoon back into the pan next time you’re frying some veggies!

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