Mashed Cauliflower FTW

Farmer's Market Cauliflower by theblog.

The other day one of my coworkers introduced me to the idea of mashed cauliflower.  “I’m never eating mashed potatoes again!!” she declared to the lunchroom1.  So I tried making some tonight and OMFG they are delicious.  AND I DON’T EVEN *LIKE* CAULIFLOWER!!

The recipe goes like so:

  • steam a head of cauliflower
  • add garlic2
  • mash by hand or with a food processor

I topped it with a bit of salt and pepper and it was fucking delicious.  And the great thing about it is that it’s far fewer calories, and more fibre, than mashed potatoes.  I used a head of cauliflower and it made about a cup of mash.  Check out the comparison:

Calories Fibre
1 cup mashed cauliflower 66 6.6 g
1 cup mashed potatoes 198 3.2 g

Image Credit: Posted by Jacob Kearns on Flickr. I heart Creative Commons.

  1. A lot of time in our lunchroom is spent talking about each others’ lunches.  Everyone I work with seems to bring the most amazing looking lunches.  We also sometimes talk about Quebecois swears, but mostly about lunches []
  2. if you like, you can add a bit of butter or margarine or milk – like you would for mashed potatoes – but you don’t have to []

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  • MMm, cauliflower!!! What's this add a bit of margarine and milk! Try cream and butter and not just a little. A nice cheese sauce would really give it kick too!

    In principle I would agree with Tod but I am not sure how well bacon would go with cauliflower…


  • PC makes a shepherd's pie that substitues cauliflower as a topping for mashed potates. I have been meaning to adapt my recipe to use cauliflower, so this might just be the motivation I need.

    I bet you could make a mean cauliflower shepherd's pie with Veggie Ground Round…


  • I loathe shepherd's pie. I like each of mashed potatoes (or cauliflower), corn and Veggie Ground Round separately, but putting them together makes my skin crawl. Though my sister did invent a tasty recipe with kidney beans and mashed potatoes that I should try with mashed cauliflower…


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  • I finally tried this last night – I remembered this post as I was browsing in the supermarket looking for something a bit different. It turned out tasty, but the texture wasn’t great – it was kinda crumbly and refused to stick together like mashed potato does. I didn’t want to completely overcook it (despite all British cooking stereotypes, I do NOT like overcooked veggies), but still cooked it beyond my usual preferred cauliflower texture (and when I say “usual”, bear in mind that I hadn’t bought a cauliflower in years). But still – it was all in little pieces that wouldn’t hold together. I put in a little bit of butter and then a small handful of grated cheese, to no avail.

    What did I do wrong? Was I supposed to boil it into pulp?

    It was tasty, so maybe next time I’ll add some potatoes. Maybe 1 part potato to 2 parts cauli will hold it all together better.


  • That’s weird. I never had any trouble getting it to hold together. It’s been a while since I made it, so I don’t remember the exact consistency to which I steamed it, but I think I just steamed it until it was soft when I stuck a fork in it.

    Did you mash it by hand or put it into a food processor?


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