Being a fairly low carb person, there are certain foods I desperately miss. Would I love a plate of French Fries? Yup. Pizza? You bet. Stuffing? Yes, a million times. Crackers with my cheese? Of course! Bun with my hamburger? Oy.
Mashed Potatoes? Not really. I’m not a potato fan, unless they are completely fried crisp. Then, ok! I’m mostly in it for the crispy outside shell. Steak fries? Pass. My husband, on the other hand is part Irish and LOVES potatoes. He’s having to get extremely serious about being low carb because his lack of seriousness has had some health consequences. So, he reluctantly joins the low carb bandwagon.
I had heard about fake mashed potatoes. But honestly, the thought of cauliflower really didn’t appeal to me. Sure, it’s beautiful when raw. That’s about where my affinity ends. I’ve used it as a rice substitute, but it’s pretty swamped with strong flavors and more there for filler. In this recipe, cauliflower is the star. The. Star.
I tried a ton of recipes and some lacked the heft or texture of mashed potatoes. Some were just runny. Others worked better, but really didn’t take advantage of the blank canvas. I tried to up the flavor here and add really good texture as well.
Cauliflower is wet. Very, very wet. And in this recipe we steam it, adding more water to the process. So, without something more, you’ll have a very thin mixture with just pureed cauliflower. I used a combination of cream cheese and butter to really give the dish more substance. I also could have roasted garlic and added it to the puree, but I liked the convenience of granulated garlic. It added flavor without any additional moisture.
This recipe comes extremely close to garlic mashed potatoes. My kids ate it up until I told them it wasn’t mashed potatoes, then it became a pariah on the plate. But really, it stands on its own as a great dish. No need to fool anyone, just say it’s pureed cauliflower. Unless they are minors. Then it’s mashed potatoes. As an extra bonus, it’s mashed potatoes that are quicker and easier to make then real mashed potatoes!
Your mileage my vary on this dish. I used 1 really large head of cauliflower.
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Serves 4-6, as a side dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
1 large head of cauliflower, heavy stalks removed, cut into florets
3 tablespoons of cream cheese, divided
3 tablespoons of butter, divided (I used European Style, which has more fat content)
3/4 teaspoon granulated garlic, divided
Salt and Pepper
Steam cauliflower until soft. I used a steamer insert and placed it over boiling water and it took about 13 minutes.
Place one third of the cauliflower into a food processor (if yours can take more, great, mine couldn’t). Add 1 tablespoon cream cheese, 1 tablespoon butter, and 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic to the food processor. Puree until the consistency desired and there are no remaining chunks of cauliflower. Place in a serving bowl and cover. Repeat process until the cauliflower is all pureed. Salt and Pepper to taste and serve.