Creamy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe Is a Fresh Change from Mashed Potatoes by Donna John

Creamy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe Is a Fresh Change from Mashed Potatoes

If you've never had mashed cauliflower, let us highly recommend it. This creamy mashed cauliflower recipe is a fresh and satisfying change from classic mashed potatoes. 

If you're not sure that your family will like the switch, you can use half a head of cauliflower and a couple russet potatoes to ease them into it.  But we're pretty sure everyone will love this amazing vegetable recipe. It makes an elevated side dish for almost any dinner!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6


  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 to 2 cups of cream, preferred milk or yogurt, or to taste (to achieve desired level of creaminess) 
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to taste (optional)
  • butter, to taste (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • chives or parsley, chopped for garnish (optional) 

Here's how to make it:

  1. Cook the cauliflower in boiling, salted water until really tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well and return to pot.
  2. Put the burner on low heat and continue to cook and mash the cauliflower, about 5 minutes. This helps more water evaporate from the cauliflower. 
  3. Add the desired amount of cream, milk or yogurt until you reach desired creaminess.
  4. If using, add a little butter and some grated Parmesan cheese, to taste. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with chives or parsley, if desired. Serve.

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Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP
OMG! This is my favorite side dish. Being dairy free, I just add garlic, salt and pepper and it is delicious. It's amazing how much you can do with cauliflower!
Donna John
Garlic would be good in it! Will try that. I rarely make mashed potatoes anymore. My husband actually prefers cauliflower now. Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP
Donna John
I've even used a little sour cream before when that's all I had.
Meredith Schneider
Oh YUM Donna John ! So gonna make this! Wonder if the kids would notice?!
Elisa Schmitz
We love mashed cauliflower but don't eat it often enough. Thanks for the delicious reminder and recipe, Donna John !

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