Mashed and Smashed Cauliflower


Mashed and Smashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower
15 Min

Potatoes aren't the only vegetable worth mashing! Actually, Mashed and Smashed Cauliflower makes a great alternative for when you want a change of pace from the typical potato side dish. These "cauliflower mashed potatoes" have a nice creamy taste and they're nutritious too!

What You'll Need

  • 2 heads cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

What to Do

  1. Place cauliflower in a large pot and add just enough water to cover.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat; cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Drain well and place in a large bowl.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mash until mixture is well combined.


  • For a quick-and-easy baked version, add 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and 4 beaten eggs to the mixture and place in an 8-inch square baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden and set. 
  • With cauliflower being all the rage and so versatile, here's a collection of delicious cauliflower recipes sure to inspire you!

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 6

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 140
  • Calories from Fat 96
  • Total Fat 11g 16 %
  • Saturated Fat 6.5g 32 %
  • Trans Fat 0.4g 0 %
  • Protein 3.9g 8 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 27mg 9 %
  • Sodium 531mg 22 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 10g 3 %
  • Dietary Fiber 3.9g 16 %
  • Sugars 3.8g 0 %

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I've always loved cauliflower and have heard about people using it as an alternative to mashed potatoes, but does it actually taste similar to them in both flavor and texture? I mean obviously, it's not a potato...but say it is very similar, I like putting cream cheese in my potatoes so hopefully, the cauliflower will be equally accepting of it. My curiosity I think will win in this battle...this time. lol

I think that this is a great healthy side dish, especially for someone who might be monitoring their carb intake. I have a hard time getting my 4 year old son to eat veggies, and this recipe was acceptable to him. Just tell them it's mashed potatoes, and they will never know! I have been reading a lot lately about the healthy cancer preventing benefits of eating cruciferous vegetables, and this is a great way to serve them.

If you're making the baked version, do you need to boil it first?


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