Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

By Jeanette Terry

Mashed potatoes have lots of carbs, but this satisfying alternative doesn’t.

Creamy Mashed Cauliflower
  • 8 cups bite-size cauliflower florets (about 1 head)

  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled

  • 1/3 cup nonfat buttermilk (see Tip)

  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

  • Snipped fresh chives for garnish

  1. Place cauliflower florets and garlic in a steamer basket over boiling water, cover and steam until very tender, 12 to 15 minutes. (Alternatively, place florets and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup water, cover and microwave on High for 3 to 5 minutes.)

  2. Place the cooked cauliflower and garlic in a food processor. Add buttermilk, 2 teaspoons oil, butter, salt and pepper; pulse several times, then process until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garnish with chives, if desired. Serve hot.

  3. If you don’t have buttermilk you can use buttermilk powder prepared according to package directions. Or make “sour milk”: mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.

Nutritional Facts

Serving size 3/4 cup
7 g
3 mg
10 g
5 g
4 g
339 mg
288 mg

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15 replies

JSJB 2015-11-26 04:17:47 -0600 Report

I love mashed potatoes and have been looking for an alternative recipe and now might have found one. Will try it but will have to cut the recipe for one.

cooksgalore 2014-06-18 10:25:12 -0500 Report

I give this a thumbs up. If you love cauliflower then this is the recipe for you. In my opinion there isn't a substitute for mashed potatoes, but these do a good job of reducing carbs significantly and offer a great taste! You can also eliminate the garlic, but it adds tons of flavor. Also Punzey spices has a powdered cheese that goes well with the cauliflower. Just before serving sprinkle some on top of the mashed cauliflower and Bon Appetite!!!

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2013-08-25 23:26:53 -0500 Report

They do service this at Ruby Tuesday and I do eat it, but not fond of garlic. Mash cauliflower still tastes like cauliflower and not mashed potatoes however no matter how much you try to disguise it.

i_love_healthiness15 2013-02-19 11:19:51 -0600 Report

Oh my goodness I made this recipe last night and it was amazing. My family, who doesn't particularly like the healthy substitutes, loved it almost as much as me. I even like this better than regular mashed potatoes now. :)

Degibu 2012-11-15 07:51:44 -0600 Report

Don't know if anyone out there has ever had a meal at Ruby Tuesday's, but they have this on the menu and it is FABULOUS! Definitely will forever be part of my Thanksgiving meal…and Christmas…and Easter…and normal everyday meals too! :)

chefTed 2011-05-12 10:37:46 -0500 Report

For a twist try mashing 1/3 real mashed potatoes with 2/3 mashed cauliflower and your guests will really not know the difference ! A way to cut out a lot of the carbs and still maintaining that "potato" flavor. No buttermilk ? No problem ! Try using a bit of non-dairy creamer and margarine. Less calories, great creamy flavor.

pamelalov7 2011-04-28 06:23:40 -0500 Report

I like using cauliflower! Now there is another recipe that just might be awesome!! I love to just throw a serving of cauliflower in a bag and cook it in the microwave with a little garlic or spice and have it for a snack!! its awesome!!

paparoo 2011-04-28 00:27:25 -0500 Report

I cant wait to try this recipe! I love mashed potatoes and cauliflower is delicious. I add chopped tomatoes and sauted mushrooms to my potatoes in addition to oil and sauted garlic.

maxshockwave 2010-10-31 02:09:53 -0500 Report

I will try this, looks good, but I may add a little something to top it off, like a teaspoon of a baste n' glaze, or hollandaise, or even a naughty full tablespoon of turkey gravy…best yet…all three, yeh, I have a way to go with the diet & life style changes. Wish me luck.

GabbyPA 2010-10-11 08:40:48 -0500 Report

You can leave the garlic out and just make them like you would regular mashed potatoes. What ever seasonings you normally use. Sometimes a bit of chicken bullion can spark up the flavor a bit.

GabbyPA 2010-10-10 08:29:37 -0500 Report

Another great way to prep the cauliflower and garlic is to roast it. The only thing I find is add your milk slowly as to not add too much. Cauliflower doesn't absorb the liquid like potatoes do. Oh, but it is so yummy and if you do it right, your potato lovers won't know you did the switch.