What could be better than mashed potatoes? A healthier, roasted garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes (try saying that ten times).
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This creamy mashed cauliflower recipe is delicious! If you’re trying to find ways to incorporate more veggies into your family’s diet, you’ve got to give this one a shot.
You gotta know I’m all for a good potato recipe (it’s the ultimate comfort food), but sometimes you have to sneak in different veggies for your health’s sake. Cruciferous veggies are a MUST in any diet, let alone a plant-based diet.
Cauliflower is one of the easiest vegetables to “hide” in recipes. It has a mild cauliflower taste but blends well with most other things by taking on different tastes and textures. Gotta love versatile vegetables!
This roasted garlic cauliflower recipe can be used for a plant-based diet (dairy-free butter or oil), paleo diet (you can use grass-fed butter), and even keto diets! You can easily swap certain ingredients for others to suit your dietary needs.
How to make cauliflower mash thicker?
You have to remove extra water. Place drained cooked cauliflower florets in a towel-lined bowl and let cool down until safe to handle. Then hold onto the ends, make a ball and twist to squeeze out extra moisture. Use tongs so you don’t burn your hands.
Can I use frozen cauliflower?
Yes, you can use frozen cauliflower for this recipe. It will take a few more minutes to come to a boil rather than fresh cauliflower.
Can I save cauliflower mashed potatoes in the fridge or freezer?
Cauliflower mashed potatoes are best consumed day of. I would suggest only making the amount you and your family can consume that day. Reheated cauliflower does not have the same texture or taste.
How many calories?
One serving or 1/4th of the recipe contains only 100 calories. Whereas regular mashed potatoes run at about 238 calories per serving. If you’re on a diet, this low-carb recipe could be a perfect sub for regular mashed potatoes.
Why should I roast the garlic?
Roasting garlic makes it less spicy and gives it a richer taste. Once mashed with cauliflower it adds a nice flavor.
Can I add cream cheese or sour cream?
Sure, you can add anything you’d like to this recipe. Chives are also good on top!
I don’t have a blender…
A regular potato masher will make it a chunkier texture. But it works if you don’t have a blender or food processor. I also think a hand mixer or standing Kitchenaid mixer will work.
The best way to fix undercooked mashed potatoes:
If your cauliflower is undercooked, add a small amount of butter and milk and cook them over low heat in a saucepan on the stovetop for 5 to 10 minutes.
What You’ll Need For This Cauliflower Mash Recipe
Immersion blender or food processor
Large head of cauliflower – Separated into florets.
Non-dairy milk – I used soy but you can use coconut milk, oat milk, hemp milk, or really anything you have.
Non-dairy butter – You can sub butter for olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil.
Sea salt and ground black pepper
How To Make Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
First, roast the garlic according to the recipe found here.
In a medium pot, add the cut cauliflower and enough water to cover the cauliflower.
Place a lid on top and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes or until cauliflower is fork-tender. Drain and return the cauliflower to the pot.
Add non-dairy milk, vegan butter or olive oil, roasted garlic, and salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Using an immersion blender or food processor, process until very smooth (or you can choose your desired consistency).
Serve with vegan sour cream, vegan butter, basil, chives, or any other toppings you’d like!
Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
- Immersion blender or food processor
- Medium pot
Roasted garlic (per recipe)
- Large head of cauliflower separated into florets
- 2-4 Tbsp non-dairy milk I used soy but you can use coconut milk or anything you have
- 2-4 Tbsp non-dairy butter or olive oil, avocado oil, etc.
- Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
Roast the garlic first per the recipe above.
- In a medium pot, add the cut cauliflower and enough water to cover the cauliflower.
- Place a lid on top and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender. Drain.
- Add non-dairy milk, vegan butter or olive oil, and salt and ground black pepper to taste.
- Using an immersion blender or food processor, process until very smooth (or you can choose your desired consistency).
What To Top Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes With
Like I’ve said before, you can top this mashed cauliflower recipe with anything that sounds good to you! Some topping options I’d recommend are…
- Extra butter
- Sour cream
- Green onions
- Chopped red onions
- Cooked broccoli
- Sausage crumbles
Serve Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes With…
If you are plant-based, you can serve this perfect side dish with any vegan substitute for things like;
- Hot dogs (try the best carrot dog recipe here)
You can also enjoy these cauliflower mashed potatoes with;
- Cooked veggies
More Plant-Based Cauliflower Recipes
Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are more plant-based cauliflower recipes!
This vegan cauliflower curry recipe is both slightly sweet as well as having an option to add spice as desired. It’s full of health-promoting veggies and spices and will be a crowd-pleaser at the dinner table.
Mexican Cauliflower Stuffed Bell Peppers
I think you’re going to LOVE these Mexican cauliflower stuffed bell peppers! This recipe is a little twist on the classic stuffed bell peppers. Add some cauliflower, beans, hot sauce, and seasonings for a Mexican-style, plant-based meal!
Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
Wings, chips, dips, and more are always a must at any game day get-together. But what if you contributed this healthy, crispy yet tender cauliflower wing dish? Your friends would be shocked and inspired.