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May 29, 2014 10:12 AM

Your Mashed Cauliflower recipe?

Hi everyone!
I love cauliflower and love mashed potatoes but really hate the carbs and calories associated with mashed potatoes.

Do you have a great mashed cauliflower recipe that would be a good mashed potato replacement? I'm looking for something that might make my husband take a double take... or better yet, that he might think is mashed potatoes! (He doesn't like cauliflower).

If you've been to Sweetwater, i'm looking for something like tastes like their mashed cauliflower.


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  1. I'll boil the cauliflower and mash it and then, in addition to salt and pepper, I'll add any of the following:

    Butter and Nutmeg
    Olive Oil and Pecorino Romano
    Boursin Cheese (just drop it on the hot veggies and mix it in while you mash it)
    Cumin and diced Jalapenos

    Of course, if you are looking to reduce the calories, some of these are better than other options. But I will say I do love the Boursin cheese.

    1. Yes, cream cheese, such as Boursin (*love* the cracked black pepper flavor) would work very well. Butter & crème fraîche, too, though you don't want to get it to be too runny.

      I like a bit of a kick in most of my foods, so I'll often add a shake of cayenne or hot paprika or aleppo pepper.

      Different curry mixes can also be nice if you want to add a little Indian vibe to it.

      3 Replies
      1. re: linguafood

        The new spicy Boursin is tasty, too.

        1. re: prima

          Ooh! Haven't had that yet. My only beef with it is the texture.... even at room temp, it's mighty crumbly for shmearing on a nice baguette. But I deal '-)

          1. re: prima

            I'll have to keep an eye out for that spicy Boursin.
            Boursin is my little dirty secret ingredient in lots of dishes ;-)

        2. I made a loaded mashed cauliflower recipe a few weeks ago that was amazing! My kids scarfed it down, and neither one of them cares for cauliflower that much. I've made it a couple more times since then.

          Cut your cauliflower head into florets and steam for about 10 minutes, until tender. Drain, and put the florets back into the pot (with heat turned off). Add some butter and about 1/3 cup of half and half and mash with a potato masher. You want it to still have small chunks for texture. Add in about 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, 3-4 slices of crumbled bacon (you can also use chopped ham), and about 1/4 cup of chopped green onion. Salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into a baking dish and bake at 375 for about 20-25 minutes, until the top of lightly browned. Let sit a few minutes before serving.

          1. I steam it in a bit of homemade chicken stock, salt and pepper then mash it all up together. Plate it up in the center of a plate. Add slices of grilled steak with the natural juices. Low carb FEAST.