Mashed Cauliflower is a great alternative to potatoes, especially if you want to reduce your carbohydrates. This creamy dish is made with cauliflower, cream cheese and sour cream mashed together with herbs!
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Cauliflower is a remarkably tasty vegetable, and cooking it unlocks its slightly meaty flavor. It’s very nutritious too. It has only 25 calories per cup, compared to mashed potatoes, which contain more than 200 calories! Meanwhile, it provides lots of the vital fiber and micronutrients that you need every day.
It’s no wonder so many people in the ketogenic diet community opt for low carb mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes. Try making mashed cauliflower keto by upping the fat content with more butter, sour cream and cream cheese. You could also use mashed cauliflower to top a meaty shepherd’s pie.
How to Make Mashed Cauliflower
When making this side dish, start by breaking apart a head of cauliflower into chunks and steaming them until soft. We don’t recommend boiling it – this will make them too watery. However, if you don’t have a steamer basket, you can just cook the cauliflower in an inch of water in a covered pot. This will give you a similar effect to steaming!
Then follow these steps for delicious garlic mashed cauliflower:
- Strain: Using a strainer, gently press out as much water as possible.
- Blend: Blend the steamed cauliflower with all the remaining ingredients until smooth.
- Heat: Return to the pot to reheat, and top with your choice of herbs or cheese! Garlic is a great option to spice this dish up!
You can present it in a serving bowl, or dress it up even more by making mashed cauliflower casserole. To turn this dish into a casserole, follow the steps above and then just place in a casserole dish. Top with shredded cheese of your choice and pop under the broiler to melt and brown the cheese. So delicious!
How to Thicken Mashed Cauliflower
You can opt to eliminate or reduce the dairy ingredients even more if you’re worried about calories. But if you aren’t planning on using cream cheese you may need to thicken your dish to keep the consistency similar!
So if you find your mashed cauliflower turns out too watery, don’t despair! Just make a cornstarch or flour slurry. Then, after returning the mashed cauliflower to the pot, slowly add the slurry, stirring while reheating until you reach the desired consistency. If you aren’t making this with reduced dairy or dairy free, you could also add a little more cream cheese during this step to help it thicken up!
Can You Freeze Cauliflower Mash?
Mashed cauliflower with cream cheese holds up well in the freezer for about four months. If you have leftovers or are making it ahead, place in freezer containers, leaving about an inch of headspace for expansion. You can reheat it straight from the freezer in the microwave, toaster oven or stovetop.
More Delicious Side Dishes
- Cauliflower Potato Salad – another delicious potato substitute!
- Low Carb (Keto) Zucchini Fries – keto friendly side dish!
- Fried Cabbage with Bacon – my go-to for an easy low carb side!
- Roasted Radishes – surprisingly easy and delicious!
- BLT Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps (keto, low carb) – perfect light lunch option!
- 1 head cauliflower about 2.5-3lbs
- 2 oz cream cheese
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Wash cauliflower and steam or boil 15 minutes or until tender. Drain well.
- In a mesh strainer, gently press cauliflower to remove as much liquid as possible.
- Using an immesrion blender (or food processor) puree cauliflower to desired consistency. Add in remaining ingredients.
- Place back into the pot and heat on the stove on medium low until heated through. Top with butter and chives if desired.