Mashed Cauliflower is essentially a creamy cauliflower puree that makes a delicious low-carb or keto alternative to mashed potatoes.
If you’re not concerned about cutting the carbs, it’s also just a delicious way to prepare cauliflower and makes a great side dish to accompany any roast or chop like Garlic Lover’s Roast Beef, Pork Chops with Dijon Sauce or Rosemary and Lemon Roasted Chicken.
This easy mashed cauliflower recipe is made with just 5 ingredients–cauliflower, garlic cloves, buttermilk and butter. Will it taste like mashed potatoes? Pretty close! But of course, it’s cauliflower so keep that in mind. If you want more of a potato texture, you can do half mashed potatoes with half cauliflower similar to this Baked Potato Soup recipe.
How To Make Cauliflower Mash
If you can boil water, you can make this easy dish! Simply boil or steam the cauliflower in water or broth until it becomes tender. Then puree it with liquid in an immersion blender until it becomes smooth. This is the immersion blender (affil link) I use. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use your regular blender, just be careful not to over-process it and turn it into soup.
Tips and Variations
I like using buttermilk because it’s creamy, and low-fat. If you don’t have buttermilk, light sour cream also works great. Adding a touch butter gives it that creamy, mashed potato flavor. You can add herbs, cheese, bacon, etc like I did in this Loaded Cauliflower Mash Bake.
More Cauliflower Recipes
- Cauliflower Fried “Rice
- Low Carb “Potato” Salad
- Cauliflower Rice Biryani
- Cauliflower Rice Arancini
- Cauliflower Soup
- 1 medium head cauliflower, cut up into florets
- 4 cloves crushed garlic
- 1/3 cup 1% buttermilk
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp salted butter, plus optional more for serving
- Steam or boil cauliflower and garlic until soft.
- Drain the cauliflower, then add buttermilk, butter, salt, pepper and purée with an immersion blender. (If you don't own a hand blender, you should consider getting one. It is one of my most used gadgets in my kitchen, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it!) A regular blender would work fine as well.
Photo credit: Jess Larson