Mashed Cauliflower (Vegan, Paleo)

Cauliflower is one of the world’s most versatile vegetables.

mashed cauliflower in a small bowl

Not only does it make a perfect pizza crust and a tasty fried rice, it’s also a surprisingly delicious alternative to traditional mashed potatoes!

Serving mashed cauliflower in lieu of potatoes is an easy way to lighten up your meal, and is a great solution for those of you who need to avoid starches. Thanks to the cauliflower base, this creamy mashed dish can be served with turkey and my grain-free stuffing for a properly combined Thanksgiving dinner!

An added bonus? Steaming cauliflower is much faster than boiling potatoes. Win!

Mashed Cauliflower (Vegan, Paleo)
serves 2

Ingredients:

Medium-sized head of cauliflower, chopped into florets (about 1 1/2 lbs.)
3 roasted garlic cloves
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon fresh chives, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Fill a large saucepan with about an inch of water, and insert a steamer basket. Bring the water to a boil, and add the cauliflower florets. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover, allowing the cauliflower to steam for 6-8 minutes, or until fork tender.

Drain the steamed cauliflower, and transfer to the bowl of a large food processor. Add in the roasted garlic cloves and seasonings, and process to your desired texture.

Note: You can usually find roasted garlic cloves available at the olive bar in your local natural grocery store. If you prefer to roast your own, use this method. Sometimes I’ll just use a 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder instead, too!

mixing cauliflower in a food processorI don’t usually need to add any additional liquid for blending, but feel free to add a splash of almond milk or water, if needed. I ended up using about a teaspoon of fine sea salt for this particular batch, but each batch may vary, so be sure to start with less than you think you need, and add more as you go.

Serve warm and enjoy!

mashed cauliflower in a small bowl

4.75 from 8 votes
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Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Serving mashed cauliflower in lieu of potatoes is an easy way to lighten up your meal, and is a great solution for those of you who need to avoid starches. Thanks to the cauliflower base, this creamy mashed dish can be served with turkey and my grain-free stuffing for a properly combined Thanksgiving dinner!

Course: Side Dish
Servings: 2
Calories: 57 kcal
Ingredients
  • Medium-sized head of cauliflower , chopped into florets (about 1 1/2 lbs.)
  • 3 roasted garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chives , chopped
  • salt and pepper , to taste
Instructions
  1. Fill a large saucepan with about an inch of water, and insert a steamer basket. Bring the water to a boil, and add the cauliflower florets. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover, allowing the cauliflower to steam for 6-8 minutes, or until fork tender.
  2. Drain the steamed cauliflower, and transfer to the bowl of a large food processor. Add in the seasonings, and process to your desired texture.
  3. If additional liquid is needed to facilitate blending, feel free to add a splash of almond milk or water, and adjust the seasonings to your taste. I ended up using about a teaspoon of fine sea salt for this particular batch, but each batch may vary, so be sure to start with less than you think you need, and add more as you go.
  4. Serve warm and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

This mashed cauliflower dish makes a great base for any of your favorite add-ins. If you prefer cheesy mashed potatoes, try adding 2-3 ounces of creamy goat cheese, or a sprinkling of nutritional yeast for a vegan variation. You could also add in some extra chives and a few spoonfuls of plain goat yogurt for a "sour cream & onion" flavor. The options are endless! Also, be sure to note the serving size on this recipe. One medium head of cauliflower only made enough to serve two people in our house-- we love to heap it onto our plates! If you're serving a bunch of mashed potato fans, you may want to double or triple this recipe, to be on the safe side.

This mashed cauliflower dish makes a great base for any of your favorite add-ins. If you prefer cheesy mashed potatoes, try adding 2-3 ounces of creamy goat cheese, or a sprinkling of nutritional yeast for a vegan variation. You could also add in some extra chives and a few spoonfuls of plain goat yogurt for a “sour cream & onion” flavor. The options are endless!

*Note: Be sure to note the serving size on this recipe! One medium head of cauliflower only made enough to serve two people in our house– we love to heap it onto our plates! If you’re serving a bunch of mashed potato fans, you may want to double or triple this recipe, to be on the safe side.

Reader Feedback: Have you tried mashed cauliflower before? If so, are you a fan? I was really hesitant to serve it to Austin for the first time last year, but he immediately loved it! In fact, we both prefer mashed cauliflower over mashed potatoes now. Who would have guessed?!

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Comments

Jennifer

What if you don’t have a steam basket? Is there another way to do this?

    Scott

    You could put the florets in a covered casserole dish with a tablespoon of water and heat in the microwave on high for a few minutes (2 to 5 minutes, depending on the size of your cauliflower). That’s how I normally steam broccoli and cauliflower.

    Samantha

    You could put the entire cauliflower head into a dutch oven pot with about an inch of water and simmer for about 20 minutes. Then remove, cut up, and process per recipe.

      Ali

      Trying it for the first time today!! Does anyone suggest a substitute for salt?

Isabel

Hi, how would I make this if I don’t have s food processor?

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