Made with cauliflower, garlic cloves, chicken broth, butter, and a drizzle of olive oil, this garlic mashed cauliflower is the perfect side dish for any cold-weather meal. Complete with the creamy texture of traditional mashed potatoes, this mashed cauliflower recipe works well for a special occasion, celebration, or simple weeknight dinner.
Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
I love mashed potatoes, like really love them, and to be clear, I don’t think there is anything wrong with them. Potatoes are a whole food that is completely acceptable in a healthy diet, but there is also nothing wrong with mixing things up once in a while – enter mashed cauliflower.
Cauliflower has become a very trendy vegetable, people are making everything from pizza crust to crackers with it, but I think it’s best served in a rich and creamy form as a mashed cauliflower. Not only is it delicious, but this garlic mashed cauliflower is a great low-carb alternative for anyone working on a weight loss goal, with a restricted diet, or looking to balance their blood sugar. Paired with some simple ingredients, and a lot of garlic, a humble head of cauliflower creates a satisfying side dish that the whole family will love.
Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
I find cauliflower quite watery when cooked, so I didn’t add any extra milk, cream or liquid. If you want to make this garlic mashed cauliflower (also known as cauliflower mashed potatoes) extra rich and creamy, you can simply add a little grated parmesan cheese.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Sides
- Cuisine: Low-Carb, Keto
- Diet: Low Calorie
- 1 head cauliflower
- 4 cloves garlic, peel removed
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 cups water, plus more as needed
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- Parsley, chopped (optional)
- Remove the leaves from the cauliflower, break the cauliflower up into florets or chop up the head into pieces.
- In a large pot, combine broth, water, cauliflower, and garlic, adding extra water as needed until cauliflower is completely covered.
- Bring to a boil and then cook on a simmer for 15-20 minutes until cauliflower is tender and can easily be pierced with a fork.
- Once cooked, in a large colander, strain cauliflower and garlic cloves (do not discard garlic).
- Return strained cauliflower and garlic to the original pot (off the heat), add butter, olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
- Using a potato masher, mash together until a smooth consistency is formed. If you want it extra creamy, add ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, and sprinkle with chopped parsley as desired.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 69 calories
- Sugar: 6 grams
- Fat: 1 gram
- Carbohydrates: 14 grams
- Fiber: 4 grams
- Protein: 4 grams
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