This cauliflower mash is a serious win! I was very skeptical when we decided to make cauliflower mash to go with our stuffed pork tenderloin, but I was totally shocked when I finally tasted it. It’s fluffy, it’s creamy, and its sooo damn good! Just as good as mashed potatoes and I love mashed potatoes.
What’s even better is that this is low carb so go ahead and eat a bunch. Fill yer boots. You won’t feel that heavy carby weight in your tummy afterwards.
How do you make cauliflower taste like potatoes?
Luckily cauliflower naturally has a similar flavor to potatoes, but there are a few things you can add to make your cauliflower taste like potatoes or just taste really damn good!
- a generous amount of salt and butter
- chives, garlic, and goat cheese like we did
- sour cream – a traditional addition to mashed potatoes
- roasted garlic would be really nice too
- truffle oil or truffle salt – cuz who doesn’t like truffled mashed potatoes? No one, thats who!
How do you make mashed cauliflower?
- First wash 2 heads of cauliflower well and cut them into smaller florets. You want to use two heads because they cook down quite a bit.
- Cook the cauliflower by steaming it in a double boiler or steamer just until fork tender.
- Squeeze the cauliflower in a tea towel to get out a bunch of the water.
- Toss the cauliflower into your food processor along with melted butter, goat cheese, salt and pepper and blend until your desired consistency. You might have to scrape down the sides a couple times. This is the food processor that both Debbie and I have and love!
- Add chives and more salt and pepper to taste. Then serve!
Tips and Tricks for getting it right:
- using a double boiler or a steamer is better than boiling so that your cauliflower does’t get soaked with water.
- if you don’t have a steamer or double boiler, just put a small amount of water in the bottom of a pot and simmer it with the cauliflower in the pot and the lid on.
- get lots of the liquid out – squeeze the cauliflower in a tea towel
- use a food processor to mash your cauliflower. It makes it nice and smooth like potatoes and you can blend to the consistency you like. It also incorporates all the ingredients well.
- don’t over process in the food processor! You want SOME texture.
- don’t use a blender!
- if you don’t have a food processor, try a potato ricer or just some good old elbow grease and a hand masher will work too.
Debbie also says that she has tried this cauliflower mash with added cream and also by boiling the cauliflower in chicken broth for added flavor and both were not nearly as good as this recipe. Both were mushy. If you want though, you can steam the cauliflower with chicken broth rather than water but it’s not necessary for an amazing cauliflower mash.
How many calories and carbs are in mashed cauliflower:
- total calories will depend on what you put in them, but 1 cup of mashed cauliflower plain has about 72 calories (assuming that 1 medium head of cauliflower makes 2 cups of mashed cauliflower)
- 1 cup of plain mashed cauliflower will have 8 grams of net carbs
Can you freeze mashed cauliflower?
You could probably, but I don’t think I would. Im sure the texture wouldn’t be the same after.
Is cauliflower keto friendly?
Yes! You can find cauliflower in tons of keto recipes because it replaces other high carb starches so well with a low carb option. Its pretty amazing how versatile this vegetable is! We especially love it because cauliflower curbs that comfort food craving without the heavy feeling of high carb foods.
Aren’t they so light and fluffy looking? They taste that way too!
What to serve with your cauliflower mash:
Try your cauliflower mash with any of these for a complete meal (to name a few)
- stuffed pork tenderloin
- easy lemon roasted chicken
- grilled flank steak
- fall off the bone ribs
- pan fried salmon
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Healthy Cauliflower Mash
This cauliflower mash is a serious win! I was very skeptical when we decided to make cauliflower mash to go with our stuffed pork tenderloin, but I was totally shocked when I finally tasted it. It's fluffy, it's creamy, and its sooo damn good! Just as good as mashed potatoes and I love mashed potatoes.
First wash 2 heads of cauliflower well and cut them into smaller florets. You want to use two heads because they cook down quite a bit.
Cook the cauliflower by steaming it in a double boiler or steamer just until fork tender. Take if off the heat and wrap it in a tea towel and squeeze the cauliflower to get out a bunch of the water.
Add the cauliflower to your food processor along with the melted butter, goat cheese, salt and pepper and blend until your desired consistency. You might have to scrape down the sides a couple times.
When it is all mixed and smooth, add chives and more salt and pepper to taste. Then serve!