Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Weather: 32, orange and pink sunrise
What I’m listening to: the morning hush after the morning rush

It’s cauliflower season. Leading up to writing this post, I took to my social media pages to hear what my fans think about cauliflower. The verdict is in: they LOVE it! They love it steamed, roasted, raw, with cheese, in salad, with dip, and… mashed! Three cheers for cauliflower.



When I put these on the dining room table, my five-year-old daughter declared, “Yay! Mashed potatoes!” then took a bite and said suspiciously, “Hey, there’s broccoli in here!” I had to laugh out loud… and of course, then I told her she was very close and that it was actually cauliflower. So, while the mock mashed potato trick didn’t fool anybody at our house, we enjoyed these regardless – fluffy and flavorful, and nutritious too. If you’re trying to cut back on carbs, this is a great alternative.

And since there are so many cauliflower lovers out there, here are a few more fantastic cauliflower options:

Roasted Cauliflower with Cumin, Cilantro, & Lime – Alaska from Scratch

Roasted Cauliflower with Golden Raisins, Pine Nuts & OrangeA Farmgirl’s Dabbles

Cauliflower Couscous – A Thought for Food

Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder – Iowa Girl Eats

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower


Adapted from [Food Network|]

Yields: About 4 side-dish sized servings

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1T cream cheese
  • 2T parmesan, freshly grated
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2t salt
  • pepper to taste
  • chives, finely sliced
  • butter, for serving

Set a large pot of salted water on the stove and bring to a rolling boil. Meanwhile, clean and cut your cauliflower. Boil the cauliflower 6-7 minutes until tender all the way through. Drain thoroughly and pat dry with paper towels.

To a food processor, add the cauliflower, cream cheese, parmesan, garlic, salt, and pepper. Pulse until the mixture resembles mashed potatoes. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed. Transfer to a serving dish. garnish with chives and butter.


Awesome recipe! My family enjoyed it tonight!


I have never added cream cheese, I literally can't wait to try this recipe!


This is very interesting! I'm a BIG fan of mashed potatoes with gravy and the picture already made me say YUM! I need to try this, thank you! Ah... I'm hungry!


Another cauliflower recipe I need to try, yay!! Thanks for the link!


Yum.  Had this for the first time at a restaurant recently and enjoyed it.  Looking forward to trying it, now that you've given me the practical inspiration and ability to do so.

alaskafromscratch moderator

I'm very happy to hear that! I hope you enjoy them. :)


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