Garlic and Herb Mashed Cauliflower

In special celebration of my mom’s birthday, Bill and I cooked a delicious dinner with my family. We had juicy ribeye steaks on the grill, along with a big grill basket full of colorful veggies, and we of course had to make a few mouth watering side dishes with our new favorite toy, our Blendtec!

We wanted to give my mom and my aunt a taste of our asparagus soup, so that was on the menu for the evening, and I decided to give mashed cauliflower one more chance in hopes that I would succeed with the Blendtec. I have tried to make cauliflower puree many times and failed miserably. I tried using a food processor, and a hand mixer, neither came out successfully for me. However, I had high hopes for success with the Blendtec.

The simple mashed cauliflower turned out beautifully for my mom’s birthday dinner! Since I was feeling confident with my cauliflower mash capabilities, I thought up a tasty twist for this dish to try out for the second time. With a few other simple additions, we created a delicious garlic and herb mashed cauliflower recipe, that would be fantastic along side any prime cut of meat. This recipe is a simple one that can be recreated without a high speed blender (although for others that are vegetable puree impaired like myself, the blender really helps).


  • 1 head of cauliflower, washed, and cut into florets
  • 1 vidalia onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons kerrygold unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place cauliflower in a steamer basket in a large soup pot, season with salt and pepper, and steam until soft (about 10-12 minutes, test with a fork).
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of kerrygold butter in a non-stick frying pan on medium heat.
  3. Saute onion, garlic, and herbs until onion is translucent. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  4. Place steamed cauliflower into a high speed blender or food processor. Add the sauteed onion, garlic, and herbs, along with the second tablespoon of butter. Process until smooth.
  5. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary, or a sprinkling of fresh ground pepper.


This dish was wonderful. It would pair beautifully with steak, chicken, or pork. The flavor of the garlic and herbs really brought the creamy cauliflower puree to life.

As always, enjoy!
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    1. April 4, 2011

      We tried this one last nite. Went a little to long on the blend but boy was it good! Cant wait to try the "rice" version.

    2. April 4, 2011

      That looks amazing, thanks for the awesome recipe. My partner and I are big mash fans so this is going to be a great substitute for our starchy cravings.

    3. April 5, 2011

      Garlic & Herb Mashed Cauliflower is a fantastic alternative to Garlic & Herb Mashed Potatoes. great recipe, looking forward to making this soon.
      Thanks and Regards

      blenders and food processors

    4. April 6, 2011

      yummy! thanks for sharing such a tasty looking recipe – i've been experimenting a lot with cauliflower lately, so this is great ๐Ÿ™‚

    5. April 26, 2011

      This will definitely become one of our standard side dishes to make. It was really, really great. Thanks!

    6. April 26, 2011

      So glad you all enjoyed!!

    7. August 8, 2011

      Just found your site…tried this one tonight and my husband and I loved it….much nicer than just going w/o a side dish (which we usually do to avoid grains, etc). Looking forward to the book–thanks!

    8. August 11, 2011

      This recipe looks fantastic! Do you have any substitution suggestions for the butter?

    9. August 12, 2011

      Hi Jen,

      You can use coconut oil, ghee, or even olive oil in place of butter. All should be fine, however don't shy away from good grassfed butter! It's a great heat stable cooking fat and adds wonderful flavor ๐Ÿ™‚

    10. January 11, 2012

      Thanks for sharing this recipe! I just found your site. I was looking for a side dish for dinner and thought this sounded yummy. I used to absolutely covet mashed potatoes. Well I made these with what I had in my kitchen (red onions instead of white and basil instead of thyme) and I really liked it. I'll definitely be making this again, hopefully I'll have your ingredients on hand next time! ๐Ÿ™‚

    11. February 6, 2012

      I love basic mashed cauliflower (with plenty of grass-fed butter!), so I can't wait to try this – sounds like a nice way to add some flavor. I might even make some tonight… Thanks for the recipe!

    12. February 14, 2012

      Delicious! Thanks for posting. I'll be making this again for sure. Won't change a thing!

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