Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes


I love eating mashed potatoes as much as anyone.  They are a perfect side dish to just about any meal.  However, sometimes mashed potatoes can be…well…a little heavy.  This recipe is a terrific, lighter alternative to the traditional mashed potatoes.  The major ingredient is cauliflower, but no one would even know just by looking at this.  I like my mashed potatoes to still have some texture to it, as opposed to being whipped/pureed.  You can add more milk and butter if you want a creamier version.

Here’s what you will need…

1 cauliflower head, cut into pieces

3 potatoes, yukon gold or idaho, peeled & cut into medium chunks

1/4 cup  – 1/2 cup nonfat milk, warm (use more if you want it to be more creamy)

1-2 tablespoon butter

fresh parsley, chopped

salt & pepper

Steam cauliflower for about 15 minutes, until tender.  In a medium sized pot, bring potatoes to a boil.  Boil for about 10 minutes, or until soft.  Drain potatoes and return them to the pot.  Mash potatoes and cauliflower together.  Add milk and butter and continue mashing until it reaches your desired consistency.  Add salt & pepper to taste.  Sprinkle in parsley and gently mix to combine.

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14 Responses to “Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes”

  1. December 1, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    wow, great idea! i’ll bet this litens it up a lot and makes it taste really good. pics are lovely, as usual :)

  2. December 2, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    This looks awesome! I’m putting it on my list of things to try..

  3. December 2, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Wow! I don’t usually like cooked cauliflower, but this would make me eat it!

  4. December 3, 2008 at 5:04 am

    I think you are right. Mashed potatoes are nice but tends to be a bit on the heavy side. Thanks for this simple great idea.

  5. 5 jd
    December 3, 2008 at 5:53 am

    This recipe sounds scrumptious!

    I *love* mashed potatoes, too, but I do agree that they can get a bit “heavy” sometimes…

    Cauliflower sounds like the perfect solution – & I just happen to have some in my fridge right now.


  6. December 3, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    My family does not even know that they are eating cauliflower…I love it and it is not as heavy as you said in your post!

  7. December 4, 2008 at 2:46 am

    What a great idea. I agree that mashed potatoes can be heavy at times, and this is a great compromise to get the best of both worlds.

  8. December 5, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    I have tried making mashed cauliflower several times but every time I use the steaming method it turns out runny. I found if you coat with olive oil and roast the cauliflower has a great flavor and pulls some of the liquid out giving it a much better texture.

  9. 9 Willie
    February 23, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I think I actually tried a little of these and they were orgasmic. When am I getting an invite for dinner?

  10. April 6, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks! Made these tonight and turned out great. I added some more spices and didn’t peel the mini potatoes I had on had and still turned out lovely.

  11. April 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    It’s hard to find educated people in this particular subject, however, you seem like you know what you’re
    talking about! Thanks

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