Basic Mashed Cauliflower

One of my all time favorite side dishes is mashed cauliflower. I actually prefer it to mashed potatoes (imagine that!) Many of you may have seen our recipe for Garlic and Herb Mashed Cauliflower, which is a really tasty recipe, however more often than not we make a basic mashed cauliflower because it is time efficient, and unbelievably delicious.

I’m really big on textures. I will often keep eating something because of the texture, or even crave a food for the texture rather than the taste. Mashed cauliflower is one of those foods. There is something so comforting about a hot bowl of mashed cauliflower topped with lightly seasoned ground meat. I could probably eat that meal everyday and never get sick of it. Bill really enjoys mashed cauliflower as well, however he includes starch in his diet more than I do, so he will usually have the real deal mashed potatoes. I do not feel left out or deprived, because, well, I would rather have the cauliflower anyway!

This is our basic recipe for mashed cauliflower. Feel free to add your own twist to it, but it is fantastic as is!


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon of grass fed butter or coconut oil (both optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped chives (optional)
  1. Rinse cauliflower under cool water.
  2. Trim florets from the base of the cauliflower.
  3. Place a steamer basket in a large soup pot and fill the bottom of the pot with water.
  4. Place cauliflower florets into the steamer basket, cover with a lid and turn burner onto medium heat.
  5. Steam cauliflower until fork tender. About 10-15 minutes.
  6. Place steamed cauliflower into a food processor or high speed blender.
  7. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  8. Add a tablespoon of butter or coconut oil if desired.
  9. Puree until smooth, and serve.
  10. Optional garnish is to top with chopped chives.

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    1. January 20, 2012

      I just made some last night and added some coconut milk and chopped Bacon. The coconut milk definitely gives it a sweeter flavor which some may or may not like. I also added some of the Bacon fat grease. Yum!

    2. January 21, 2012

      Hayley – have to let you know I made this for the first time today and Tyler LOVED it!!

    3. January 24, 2012

      Talk about synchronicity! I just made up this as a mash for my British Bangers & Mash the other night! Adding in some cheddar cheese, garlic and a little English mustard, the glutenous texture of potato is very present and that pungency of cauliflower is practically gone.

      My wife didn't even know it wasn't potato! She thought it a shame as she loves cauli.

    4. January 25, 2012

      Would love to see a pic – did you post it in the Food Porn thread over on MDA?

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