Cauliflower Mashed 'Potatoes' Recipe - USA

Cauliflower Mashed 'Potatoes'

Cauliflower Mashed 'Potatoes' Recipe - USA
Region / culture: USA | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 5 minutes | Servings: 4


Cauliflower Mashed 'Potatoes'
Cauliflower Mashed 'Potatoes'

Cauliflower mashed 'potatoes' is a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional mashed potatoes. This recipe is perfect for those looking to cut down on carbohydrates or for those following a low-carb or keto diet.


Cauliflower mashed 'potatoes' have gained popularity in recent years as a healthier alternative to traditional mashed potatoes. This recipe has been adapted from traditional mashed potato recipes to create a lower-carb version that is just as tasty.


How to prepare

  1. Place cauliflower in a heatproof pot and cover the pot with tin foil. Place the pot in a pressure cooker.
  2. Add water to the pressure cooker base, not in the pot with cauliflower.
  3. Cook under high pressure for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove cauliflower from the pressure cooker. Add butter and cheese, if desired.
  5. Mash the cauliflower to the consistency of mashed potatoes.
  6. Add milk, if desired.
  7. If you want to add cheese, you can use cream cheese (in tiny chunks) or shredded cheese like cheddar or parmesan.


  • Add roasted garlic or herbs for extra flavor.
  • Use different types of cheese, such as goat cheese or blue cheese, for a unique twist.
  • Mix in cooked bacon or crispy fried onions for added texture and flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to cook the cauliflower until it is very tender before mashing to ensure a smooth consistency.

- Adding butter and cheese can enhance the flavor of the cauliflower mashed 'potatoes'.

- For a creamier texture, add milk or cream to the mashed cauliflower.

- Adjust the seasonings to taste, adding salt, pepper, garlic powder, or herbs as desired.

Serving Suggestions

Serve cauliflower mashed 'potatoes' as a side dish with your favorite protein, such as grilled chicken or steak. This dish pairs well with roasted vegetables or a fresh salad.

Cooking Techniques

Pressure cooking the cauliflower helps to retain its nutrients and flavor while cooking it quickly and efficiently. Mashing the cauliflower by hand or using a food processor can help achieve a smooth consistency.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use fresh cauliflower instead of frozen if preferred.

- Substitute olive oil for butter for a dairy-free option.

- Use vegetable broth instead of water for added flavor.

Make Ahead Tips

Cauliflower mashed 'potatoes' can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the cauliflower mashed 'potatoes' with fresh herbs, a drizzle of olive oil, or a sprinkle of cheese before serving. Serve in a decorative bowl or on a platter for an elegant presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair cauliflower mashed 'potatoes' with a glass of white wine, such as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, for a delicious and satisfying meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

One serving of cauliflower mashed 'potatoes' contains approximately 150 calories.


Cauliflower is low in carbohydrates, making it a great alternative to potatoes for those watching their carb intake. One serving of cauliflower mashed 'potatoes' contains approximately 5 grams of carbohydrates.


The addition of butter and cheese to the cauliflower mashed 'potatoes' adds some healthy fats to the dish. One serving contains approximately 10 grams of fat.


Cauliflower is not a significant source of protein, but adding cheese to the recipe can increase the protein content. One serving contains approximately 6 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Cauliflower is a good source of vitamins C and K, as well as folate and potassium. This recipe provides a healthy dose of these essential vitamins and minerals.


This recipe contains dairy in the form of cheese and butter, so it may not be suitable for those with dairy allergies.


Cauliflower mashed 'potatoes' are a low-carb, flavorful alternative to traditional mashed potatoes. This dish is rich in vitamins and minerals and can be customized to suit individual tastes and dietary needs.


Cauliflower mashed 'potatoes' are a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional mashed potatoes. This recipe is easy to make and can be customized to suit individual tastes and dietary preferences. Enjoy this flavorful side dish with your favorite protein for a satisfying meal.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of discovering this recipe for the first time is a joyful one. It all started on a crisp autumn day when I was visiting my dear friend Margaret. Margaret was known for her culinary skills and always had a new recipe up her sleeve to share with me. On this particular day, she invited me into her cozy kitchen and told me she had a special treat in store for me.

As I sat at her kitchen table, Margaret brought out a head of cauliflower and began to chop it into florets. I watched in curiosity as she boiled the cauliflower until it was tender, then mashed it with butter, garlic, and a splash of cream. The result was a creamy, dreamy concoction that tasted just like mashed potatoes, but with a lighter, healthier twist.

I couldn't believe how delicious it was! Margaret explained to me that cauliflower was a versatile vegetable that could be used in place of potatoes in many recipes. She told me that she had learned this particular recipe from a friend who was a chef, and that it had become a staple in her kitchen ever since.

I was inspired by Margaret's creativity and decided to try making cauliflower mashed 'potatoes' myself. I went home that day with a head of cauliflower in hand and set to work in my own kitchen. I followed Margaret's instructions to a tee, adding my own twist with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and chives on top.

The result was just as delicious as Margaret's version, and I couldn't wait to share it with my family. They were skeptical at first, but after one bite, they were hooked. They couldn't believe that something so simple and healthy could taste so decadent.

From that day on, cauliflower mashed 'potatoes' became a regular dish in my household. I experimented with different variations, adding roasted garlic, herbs, and even bacon bits for extra flavor. Each time, the dish was a hit, and I felt a sense of pride in mastering this new recipe.

Over the years, I have shared my cauliflower mashed 'potatoes' recipe with friends and family, passing on the joy and deliciousness of this dish to others. It has become a go-to comfort food for me, reminding me of that fateful day in Margaret's kitchen when I discovered the magic of cauliflower.

Now, as I sit in my own kitchen, preparing a batch of cauliflower mashed 'potatoes' for my grandchildren, I can't help but smile at the memories that this dish holds. It is a reminder of the power of friendship, creativity, and the joy of discovering new recipes. And for that, I am forever grateful.


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