Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”

cauliflower1I bought this beautiful head of cauliflower from the farmer’s market and I wanted to make something that would highlight the cauliflower.  I decided to make a fake out cauliflower “mashed potatoes” as a side to the grilled steak I was making for dinner.  Sometimes mashed potatoes seem too heavy so the cauliflower mash was the perfect solution.  It’s kind of crazy how much it tastes like mashed potatoes and I didn’t miss the potatoes at all.  Consider making cauliflower “mashed potatoes” as a healthy side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner.



  •    Head of cauliflower, florets roughly chopped
  •    Garlic bulb
  •    2 tablespoons melted butter
  •    1/2 cup of whole milk
  •    Kosher salt and pepper


  1. Combine the cauliflower and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until cauliflower is very tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, cut the garlic bulb in half and place in tin foil. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil on top and make sure to close the tin foil. Roast in 400 degree oven for 15 – 20 minutes. When the garlic has cooled, squeeze out the cloves. They should slip out of the bulb.
  3. Transfer the cauliflower and garlic to the food processor. Process until smooth, adding the milk tablespoon by tablespoon. Add the butter and process 5 to 10 seconds more. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.