Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Meet mashed potatoes healthier cousin: Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes! Cauliflower florets and potatoes come together in this side dish to create a scrumptious outcome. Creamy, decadent and perfectly cheesy. Dive into these Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes for a healthier side dish option!

My sister originally got me hooked on mashed cauliflower and there’s been no going back ever since. They are surprisingly decadent and filling! Trust me on this one, it’s hard to even miss all the starchy potatoes! Even my somewhat-picky eater of a husband loves them. Definitely a kid-friendly option as well!

How to Make

Start off by boiling cauliflower florets together with a couple cubed potatoes. I add the potatoes in just for some extra starch-structure, but this recipe could definitely be made without them as well if you are going for a low-carb option! To make life easier, try to find the bags of cauliflower florets so that you don’t have to cut up a head of cauliflower. Much easier!

After the cauliflower and potatoes are fork-tender, it’s time to add in the goodies! We’re talking heavy cream (or milk), parmesan cheese, a bit of butter and some salt and pepper. Keeping things real simple here!

Next, the fun part: blend it all together! For easy clean-up, I add the cauliflower and potatoes back into the same pot that I used to boil them after draining them. That way, they also stay warm while blending! There’s several ways to pureé the cauliflower mashed potatoes:

  • Immersion blender – this is my top choice as it’s easy to use and gets everything ultra creamy.
  • Hand mixer
  • Blender – carefully transfer the cauliflower and potatoes to a blender before adding in all the extra ingredients.
  • Food processor – similar to the blender, transfer the veggies before adding in the goodies.

Ways to Serve

I would serve these Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes anywhere you would normally serve mashed potatoes. I know that’s a bold statement, but they are that good! Plus, you have all the extra veggies added in – it’s a win-win situation! We love to have these as a side dish to our weeknight meals (leftovers of these are the best to heat up quick!), and I’ve even placed them on our Thanksgiving table before. I don’t think many people even noticed! I also serve a fun version of these cauliflower mashed potatoes with my Cajun Shrimp & Cauliflower Grits. You gotta try it!

Looking for other Side Dish Recipes? Check these out!

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Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Meet mashed potatoes healthier cousin: Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes! Cauliflower florets and potatoes come together in this side dish to create a scrumptious outcome. Creamy, decadent and perfectly cheesy. Dive into these Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes for a healthier side dish option!


Ingredients

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  • 32 oz cauliflower florets
  • 2 large gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup heavy cream (or milk)
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Add the cauliflower florets and potatoes to a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat and boil until fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and add the vegetables back into the pot.
  2. Add in the heavy cream, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and butter. Use an immersion blender or a hand mixer and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • A food processor or a blender can also be used to pureé the cauliflower mashed potatoes. If using either, transfer the vegetables to the blender or food processor after draining and before adding in the other ingredients. Then add in all the other ingredients and blend on high until smooth.
  • Leftovers of this recipe re-heat very nicely.
  • The potatoes can be left out if a low-carb option is desired.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 224
  • Sugar: 3.8g
  • Sodium: 536mg
  • Fat: 12.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 21.3g
  • Fiber: 5.1g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 39mg

Keywords: Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

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