Friday, August 17, 2012

Caulif-redo Sauce (A.K.A. Paleo Alfredo Sauce)

I pretend to be a lot of things: professional; a blogger; interested in whatever it is that you're saying; but one of the things I do not pretend to be is classy, so it's no surprise that when I eat pasta (which is never because I eat Paleo all the time, I swearrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr omgyeahright), I want it topped with smothered in creamy, cheesy Alfredo sauce. Oh, you made a tomato sauce with fresh basil that you grew in your organic garden? Gimmie that Alfredo sauce!! But with oodles of heavy cream and cheese, classic Alfredo sauce isn't really Paleo friendly. 
Even if you could give two shits about Paleo, I guarantee you think of Alfredo sauce as "fat food," in which case, you should all be relieved to hear that the unclassiest of sauces can now be waistline and tastebud friendly with the help of my all-time favorite Paleo ingredient: Cauliflower. 
I mean, I don't have kids or anything (and if Child Protective Services has anything to do with it, I never will), but like, I woud just BET if you slathered some kind of vegetable that young'uns typically sneer at, like, say, brussel sprouts with this Caulif-redo sauce, they'd gobble it right up.
Or if you'd prefer to eat it more similarly to pasta, you can do what Kyle and I did last night and drizzle it over a bowl of chicken, sauteed mushrooms, and steamed broccoli. Dare I say, any added pasta would only have stood in the way of this deliciousness!!
I know some of you Paleo peeps can be all over the map when it comes to cheese, but look, there's cheese in this recipe, okay? It's not that much (about 3 Tbsp. of parmesan in the entire batch, which is close to 20 oz. BTW, that's a complete guess. I don't know anything about servings, but it makes a lot), but if you don't like it, just leave it out alright??? IMO, you totally need the parm since that's what gives it the Alfredo-y flavor, but do what you gotta do.
 And what you gotta do is make this!
 I mean, come ON!!!!!!
What kind of sauce do you like? Are you gonna try to make this Alfredo sauce with cauliflower?? What else can you use Alfredo with??

Caulif-redo Sauce
Makes several cups

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cored and chopped into large chunks
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp. shredded parmesan
  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • pinch of nutmeg
1. Steam cauliflower until fork-tender. 
2. While cauliflower steams, heat olive oil over medium low heat in a small pot. Add shallot and saute for a few minutes, then add chicken broth and heat through.
3. Add cauliflower, shallot/broth mixture, and remaining ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add more coconut milk if needed.
4. Serve over ANYTHING!!!!






21 comments:

Gayla said...

Looks delicious! Pretty photos,too!

Piper Alexander said...

I'm loving the numerous pics you provided. It's like alfredo porn. This looks delicious, but I'm so confused... coconut milk?! I should probably get a blender soon so that I can try to make it.

Dayka said...

3 weeks into Paleo, 2 weeks into your blog and loving everything. Seriously, I think I've pinned almost every recipe from your site on my Pinterest. This looks delish...going on the menu for next week!

Lexi said...

Oooh this looks fantastic - and cauliflower is having a moment for me right now (so much great foodie inspiration using it on Pinterest right now!)
♡ Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.

The Egg said...

im gonna have to try this!

the egg out west.

M. Flynn said...

I can't wait to make this! Yumm. I love some alfredo (or, as Sean used to call it as a child, "I'm Afraid Sauce".

Elysha said...

This turned out more like mashed potatoes for me. still amazing though, so this isn't a complaint. but how did I go wrong?

CupcakesOMG! said...

@Elysha that's too bad! I would suggest more chicken broth and/or coconut milk to thin it out more. try that next time because it should definitely be "saucey".

dani kehlmann said...

Oh my goodness, I finally made this sauce and I'm in heaven! It's yields so much sauce, which I'm grateful for because I'm excited to eat it on everything! It's my first month of Paleo eating (3 weeks in!) so I'm pretty strict on no-dairy this month. If anyone is wondering, the sauce is STILL AMAZING sans parm! I'll probably add it next month (already planning to make it again) when I'm consuming some dairy again.

Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

(Put sauce on Spaghetti squash with beef and broccoli. Perfection!)

Kelly Wilson said...

I made this for dinner tonight (smothered chicken stuffed with spinach and some asparagus). It was to die for good, only thing I did was add some garlic because I add that to everything!

Faye said...

I made this into a bechemel sauce to go on top of my paleo lasagna. I added a bay leaf to the chicken stock and left out the cheese. It was delicious. I was worried that it would taste of coconut, but it didn't at all. Taste and texture are both great. I'm sure I'm going to be making this a lot from now on. Thank you!

Portlandia's Primal Princess said...

This looks AMAZING and I will definitely be making this soon! Thanks for your fun writing style! Great blog!

bookluvr9 said...

You are totally awesome!! This is the only recipe I have found that doesn't use garlic!! I'm allergic to tomatoes and garlic, and this is perfect for me to have as a pizza sauce!!

bookluvr9 said...

You are totally awesome!! This is the only recipe I have found that doesn't use garlic!! I'm allergic to tomatoes and garlic, and this is perfect for me to have as a pizza sauce!!

Nicole said...

would nutritional yeast work in place of the parm?

Blogger LV said...

Cheese anything is not paleo!

CupcakesOMG! said...

@BloggerLV yikes--someone wants to suck every last bit of joy out of life. would love to have responded to you via email, but you don't have it attached to your profile, so here's hoping you come back and see that i don't give a shit about adhering to anyone else's standard of "paleo" than my own. interestingly, what we modern humanoids refer to as "paleo" isn't actually "paleo" anyway. it's not about replecating a caveman's lifestyle (as if they would have access to avocados, almonds, and bacon anyway!). so ya know. there.

Anonymous said...

Our family is vegan and I've made it twice with nutritional yeast...Turned out perfect each time-though I add about 4-5 tablespoons of yeast to give it more of the "parmesan" flavor!

Kate Friedl said...

Made this, this week. Pretty darn close to real Alfredo! Texture is good. Taste is 99% there. Needs a little something... Like lots of cheese! Lol maybe that last 1% is my taste buds longing for wonderful cream and melted cheese. But this curves the cravings for a while. Enjoyed! Thank you!

ela mika said...

hi bookluvr9 i to am allergic to garlic but i found o can tolerate roasted garlic. please give it a try i could even smell garlic saute without getting a headache not yet even consuming it. please try it.
keep smilin ela

Judy said...

You have given me inspiration to try clam sauce. And the base for a cream of mushroom soup. Thank you for the inspiration!!

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