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Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

by Olena

The best creamy and fluffy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe with cauliflower taste 1 out of 10. Healthy alternative to regular mashed potatoes, mock cauliflower mashed potatoes are only 100 calories and 15 grams of carbs per serving.

These cauliflower mashed potatoes came out FANTASTIC!!! Healthy, easy and simply the best!

Whoever came up with an idea for mock cauliflower mashed potatoes is genius! You could easily swap them for mashed potatoes. I love mashed potatoes and eat them occasionally but I would make this recipe for a lighter alternative.

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Everything You Need to Know About This Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe

  • On a scale of 1 to 10, cauliflower taste = 1.
  • Just like with cauliflower biscuits and cauliflower breadsticks, mashed cauliflower potatoes do not taste like mashed potatoes because…cauliflower is not potatoes, that is correct.
  • Recipe consists of 5 simple ingredients – cauliflower, garlic, butter, salt and pepper.
  • Cook and puree the garlic with cauliflower. It adds amazing taste without overpowering “potatoes” like raw one would.
  • Ba patient when pureeing. It takes about good 5 minutes to turn cauliflower into a creamy and fluffy mash. Results are pretty darn amazing!

How to Make Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Vegan

I love butter in mashed potatoes, however extra virgin olive oil is very good too. It has strong full-bodied taste unlike milder tasting avocado oil, for example. I believe you don’t need to add Parmesan cheese, buttermilk or sour cream to regular potatoes, especially to cauliflower, to make it tasty. Good quality olive oil and that pureed cooked garlic will add so much flavour!

How to Make Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

  1. Separate cauliflower into florets and cut in smaller chunks.
  2. In a medium pot, combine cauliflower, garlic and enough cold water to cover the vegetables.The best creamy and fluffy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe with cauliflower taste 1 out of 10. Healthy alternative to regular mashed potatoes, mock cauliflower mashed potatoes are only 100 calories and 15 grams of carbs per serving.
  3. Place a lid on top and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender. Drain. The best creamy and fluffy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe with cauliflower taste 1 out of 10. Healthy alternative to regular mashed potatoes, mock cauliflower mashed potatoes are only 100 calories and 15 grams of carbs per serving.
  4. Add butter or extra virgin olive oil, salt and ground black pepper to taste. The best creamy and fluffy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe with cauliflower taste 1 out of 10. Healthy alternative to regular mashed potatoes, mock cauliflower mashed potatoes are only 100 calories and 15 grams of carbs per serving.
  5. Using an immersion blender or in a food processor, process until very smooth or desired consistency. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, if necessary. The best creamy and fluffy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe with cauliflower taste 1 out of 10. Healthy alternative to regular mashed potatoes, mock cauliflower mashed potatoes are only 100 calories and 15 grams of carbs per serving.
  6. Serve hot just like you would serve mashed potatoes. The best creamy and fluffy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe with cauliflower taste 1 out of 10. Healthy alternative to regular mashed potatoes, mock cauliflower mashed potatoes are only 100 calories and 15 grams of carbs per serving.

What to Serve with Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

How to Make Slow Cooker Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Slow cooker cauliflower mashed potatoes is the same idea as with a stovetop method, just cooked in a crock pot. During holidays and big gatherings, I like to make slow cooker cauliflower mashed potatoes to offer a lighter alternative without making my schedule and stove over crowded.

And look, you can take cauliflower mashed potatoes even further just in 20 minutes, and make Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie.

How to Make Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

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Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

4.7 from 3 reviews

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe with unbelievable taste and texture. Plus so easy to make! Save your calories for turkey.

  • Author: ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Separate cauliflower into florets and cut in smaller chunks.
  2. In a medium pot, combine cauliflower, garlic and enough cold water to cover the vegetables. Place a lid on top and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender. Drain.
  3. Add butter or olive oil, salt and ground black pepper to taste. Using an immersion blender (a food processor), process until very smooth or desired consistency. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, if necessary.
  4. Serve hot just like you would serve mashed potatoes.

Store: Refrigerate in a glass airtight container for up to 3-4 days.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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  1. Olena, love your recipes! I find when cooking…even steaming cauliflower, I still need to remove some of the water/ liquid after cooking. Otherwise, the whipped cauliflower, though good, is slightly thin texture. To me, by removing the extra liquid, makes the end result a much better consistency…more resembling mashed potatoes. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!

    1. That is true. I’m just too lazy to do an extra step but I can see how it helps.:) I will add it to the recipe’s notes actually. Glad you are enjoying my recipes.:)

  2. Thank you for this, my daughter has developed a potato allergy and it’s been hard with such a rare allergy! I’m so glad I can make her classic mashed potatoes with very little difference in taste but huge benefit in nutrients!

  3. I toast bread crumbs in butter (or olive oil), with a little salt and perhaps garllic, if you like.Take the cauliflower apart into little pieces and undercook them just a minute. Put the verywell drained cauliflower-ets head first into the bread crumbs, cover for a minute to make it really hot, stir well so everyone gets their share of bread crumbs and serve. Yum. From Hungary.

      1. My electric pressure cooker works wonders here. Locks in all the nutrients and doesn’t stink up the house which was always my bigger problem with cauliflower before.

  4. I absolutely HATE cauliflower but I MUST say this recipe is beyond AMAZING!! I followed the recipe and used butter (out of Kerry Gold). I even sent this to my mom who hates veggies but I know will like this. Next I will try roasting with the garlic and red onions too. That sounds yummy. Thank you SOOOO MUCH Olena for sharing :).

    1. You are welcome. Yes, sometimes the way cauliflower is prepared the smell of it is bleck. Especially in desserts. But most of the times it is good.

  5. Delicious! Healthy alternative when craving mashed potatoes. I’m pairing the cauliflower mash with crock pot chicken pot pie!

  6. Not so much. It’s still cauliflower. It was enough of a treatment that I could eat it, but it did not fool the kids.
    Back to the drawing board for a way to cook this veggie AND make it taste good.

  7. This recipe sounds so easy and yummy! I actually have my cauliflower cooking right now so I can add this to my meal prep for the week.. Can’t wait to try it

    1. Awesome. I just cooked buffalo cauliflower soup yesterday which I am about to post and thought cooked chunky cauliflower did remind me of something. These mashed potatoes.:) Enjoy!

  8. Tried this with oilve oil instead of butter and I really loved it. I’m going to try and sneak it into one of my kid’s dishes, I’m sure she’ll like it!

    1. Hi Christina. Any type of fat will work. Even melted pork fat. Kidding but that is what we ate in Ukraine with fried potatoes.
      Um, my kids didn’t like mashed cauliflower. Oldest one said it is not bad but no thank you haha. Try and see. Never know! My kids still shock me sometimes with food choices. In a good way.

  9. We are dairy free so liked this method. I used 1tbs coconut oil and 1 tsp salt in vitamix. Did steam garlic with the cauliflower. May try oven roasted next time

  10. Steam the cauliflower in basket & use half butter &half cream cheese. Works for me!!!
    Thanks for the other suggestions !!!

  11. Hi Olena, I buy my Kerry Gold Butter from Costco and stock up, as it’s more expensive in regular grocery stores… thanks for the recipe, I’m going to give it a go tonight!

    1. Hi Sylvia. Costco in Canada doesn’t carry it.:( However, since I don’t use butter a lot it lasts forever. Let me know how you like these.:)

    1. I agree. There is also Kiwi brand. I also bought my local farm’s grass fed butter and it went bad really fast like real butter from childhood in Ukraine. It became dark yellow outside and tasted bitter. Ew but at least I knew that I had real butter. I didn’t expect that but now I know.

  12. I used organic free range chicken broth instead of the water and it was delicious! The broth gives the cauliflower so much flavor! Thanks for the recipe!

  13. So far my attempts at mashed cauliflower haven’t turned out too well, but your recipe looks terrific, and I like Suzanne’s suggestion of roasting rather than boiling to reduce the water content (and nutrient loss). I’ll give both methods a try, using your recipe. Thanks!

  14. I discovered that mashed cauliflower comes out much better if you roast it in the oven with a little olive oil, rather than steaming or boiling – less water content that way. I like to roast mine with garlic and red onion for extra flavor, before puréeing in the food processor.