I’m always looking for new ways to include veggies in my families’ diet with recipes that spice up our weekly dinner routine and are kid approved. I jumped on the Cauliflower Mash bandwagon because they sounded good and are relatively easy to make. I’ll start by saying there are a MILLION Cauliflower mash or “faux mash potato” recipes out there on the web. I’ve tried 6 or 7 of them. Some have been so-so, some decent and one that resulted in my 2-year-old throwing her spoon at my face.
My favorite recipe I've tired, I found on the Food Network. This recipe is easy to make, delicious and uses normal kitchen ingredients instead of the off-the-wall ingredients like “ghee” and “heavy cream” which some of the recipes I've tried have called for. You can read and follow the recipe HERE. I’ve also included photos and steps from my batch below so you can see step by step. I tweaked the recipe just a bit to make it less garlicky. I’m happy to report that both my two-year old and my husband Ryan love it.
- Gather ingredients – Cauliflower (I used pre-chopped because it takes out a step), whipped cream cheese, shredded parmesan, fresh garlic, salt, pepper, chives and butter (optional).
- Boil Cauliflower for 6 minutes
- Drain Cauliflower
- Use a paper towel to press remaining water out of cauliflower
- Add cauliflower to a Cuisinart, blender or other mixer that can puree. Add 1 tbs. cream cheese, ¼ tsp chopped garlic, and a dash of salt and pepper to taste. (Note: The original recipe called for ½ tsp. chopped garlic but it was too much so I cut it in half)
- Puree until mixer is smooth
- Serve warm with chopped chives. You can add butter on top to make them more like real mashed potatoes.
This recipe serves 4. I double it for larger groups and to have leftovers. A bonus is that you can also make cauliflower cakes or “fritters” with any leftovers by making them into a pancake shape and cooking them in a pan with a little oil. They are great with fish.
I hope you try this recipe and enjoy! As always, we’d love to hear some of your favorite veggie recipes. You can leave a comment below.