No one in my family is a big fan of cauliflower. Recently, I was forced to make a drastic change in my diet. I began searching for anything I could eat. When I popped a cauliflower into my shopping cart, Brittany looked at it with distaste. “What are you going to do with that thing?” she asked. I responded with my thoughts on making a Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe, only to be met with skeptical silence. I had the last laugh. Not only did everyone think the recipe was tasty, they added suggestions to make it even better the next time I made it. It’s also naturally gluten-free. It’s tasty enough that it has been added to our regular dinner rotation.
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe
This recipe is easy to make, but be sure to puree the cauliflower in a food processor or blender. If you don’t do this step, the cauliflower won’t have the same consistency as mashed potatoes.
Begin by microwaving the cauliflower until tender. Just place it in a microwave-safe dish or bowl and microwave around ten minutes. When the cauliflower is tender, remove the stem and leaves, chop the cauliflower into pieces and place in food processor or blender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Once it is pureed, add instant potato flakes. I like to use the flavored ones, like cheddar or garlic and chives. This makes sure you get the right consistency. Add butter (we used a dairy free spread) and milk. Blend the cauliflower once more to ensure all ingredients are mixed.
My family thinks it tastes good prepared like this, but they are also huge cheese lovers. They sometimes add shredded cheese (like cheddar or any other strongly flavored cheese.) You can top the potatoes with a sprinkle of shredded cheese or add it to the mixture when preparing the recipe.
- 1 head Cauliflower
- 2 tablespoons butter (or nondairy spread)
- ½ cup milk
- ⅓ cup potato flakes (flavored tasted best)
- salt and pepper to taste
- shredded cheese, optional
- Microwave cauliflower until tender (approximately 10 minutes.) Remove stem and leaves.
- Chop cauliflower. Add to food processor or blender, along with salt and pepper to taste, and puree until smooth.
- Add butter, milk and mashed potato flakes. Puree until blended.
- Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
What is your favorite easy side dish? Have you tried Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes?”