Garlicky Mashed Cauliflower "potatoes"

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

If you’re looking for ways to eat your favorite foods in a healthier, lower calorie way and if mashed potatoes are a weakness, you’ll love this veggier, less carbier alternative to your favorite comfort food! Even if you scoff at cauliflower, you’ll never know that this dish isn’t made from a spud! Recipe found at

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring a stockpot of water to boil over high heat.
  2. Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done. Drain well; do not let cool and pat cooked cauliflower very dry between several layers of paper towels.
  3. In a bowl with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower with the cream cheese, nutritional yeast, garlic, boullion and pepper until almost smooth.
  4. Garnish with chives, and serve hot.
  5. Try roasting the garlic and adding a little fresh rosemary for a whole new taste.


Most Helpful

Another amaaaaaazing recipe from "Wish I could cook"! Simple, quick and easy but so much flavor in it! As an extra tip, use a regular food processor or be careful when mashing the cauliflower with an immersion blender... if not your kitchen will need an extra cleaning! Also, I spread some extra bread crumbs and scallions on top. Was extra flavorful!

Vin Cent January 21, 2012

What a great alternative to mashed potatoes! I loved this dish. I used Laughing Cow cream cheese in place of the vegan cream but otherwise prepared 2.directed. Made for Veggie Swap 6

Dreamer in Ontario September 22, 2013

Yum, this was unexpectably delicious! I steamed the cauliflower until the pieces were very soft, drained then placed the cauliflower back in the same pot (deep enough that the vegetable won't splatter when blended). Added the other ingredients which included white pepper (although skipped the veggie broth) and I included both fresh rosemary and chives from our garden. I used Oregon-made regular cream cheese and one tablespoon combo of olive oil and butter. Pureed with an immersion blender, using a small amount of the saved cooking liquid to help puree the cauliflower and plated on a bed of baby arugula. Finally garnished with fresh cracked black pepper, salt and chive blossom. Very good! Made for Veg Tag/June.

COOKGIRl June 26, 2012

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