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Mashed Cauliflower

Anyone who wants to minimize carbs will love these mashed faux taters. Instead of potatoes, use cauliflower to food your friends and family.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cauliflower, paleo
Servings 4 - 6
Author The Cowgirl Gourmet


  • 1 head cauliflower preferably a super fresh head with the jacket on and one that is not in plastic, cut into similar-sized florets
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream I like to use a little whipping cream for some added fat and yumminess, although if you don't have it, whole milk will work just fine...just use 1/2 cup of whole milk instead of 1/4 cup of both cream and milk
  • 1/4 cup milk plus a little more if needed
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons Earth Balance or butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Optional add-ins

  • garlic clove s and Parmesan to grate on top
  • Parmesan cheese to grate, if desired


  1. Cut the cauliflower into florets that are nearly the same size so they steam in the same amount of time.
  2. In a pot, place the steam basket and add water until it just touches the bottom of the steam basket. Put a cover on the pot and place over high heat.
  3. Once the water begins to boil and steam, add the cauliflower florets evenly (and drop in the garlic now if you are using) and cover.
  4. Turn the heat down just a touch to medium-high and let steam for 15-20 minutes. You will want to check the cauliflower every so often to see if a fork goes through a floret or not. You want it soft, but definitely not mushy.
  5. When the cauliflower is cooked, turn off the heat and remove the lid.
  6. Carefully place half of the cauliflower florets into a large Cuisinart, add 1/4 cup of whipping cream (or whole milk), 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 2-3 tablespoons butter or butter substitute and puree. Once everything is somewhat pureed, add the rest of the cauliflower and the remaining 1/4 cup of milk, 1/4 teaspoon salt and olive oil. You may need to add a bit more milk or cream at this point in order to get more liquid in there so it continues to puree thoroughly.
  7. When everything is pureed, taste for seasoning. You may want to add a bit more salt and certainly plenty of freshly ground pepper. Once it is seasoned the way you want it, remove the mashed cauliflower from the Cuisinart bowl. Place in serving dish, top with a drizzle olive oil, some fresh black pepper (and perhaps a bit of grated Parmesan) and see if you can fool the family with these delicious "mashed potatoes."