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Mock Garlic ‘Mashed Potatoes’

cauliflower mashed potatoes

I love mashed potatoes.  Love love love love them.  Heck,  I’m so in love with mashed potatoes that I would marry them if it were legal in this state.

Hi, I’m Mrs. Mashed Potatoes.  How are you doing today?

Unfortunately, like many foods that I love, mashed potatoes are not very health conscious. Especially after I add loads of butter, heavy cream, cheese and sometimes bacon to them (yum).  These Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes have the same smooth texture as mashed potatoes and the taste is so spot on that it’s close enough to make low carb dieters or Paleo dieters happy.

Plus you can eat seconds without feeling guilty.  I like that.

cauliflower mashed potatoes

I prepared these “potatoes” in a food processor.  If you prefer chunkier “potatoes” simply mash the cauliflower with a potato masher and fold in the ingredients instead.  Top with chives (or whatever you like putting on your taters) and you’ve got an all-star side dish.

Garlic “Mashed Potatoes”

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

Yields: 4 servings

Calories per serving: 149

Fat per serving: 11.5g

Garlic “Mashed Potatoes”


  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon chicken poultry seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh or dry chives
  • butter, for serving


  1. Set a stockpot of salted water to boil over high heat.
  2. Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in boiling water for about 6-8 minutes, or until well done. Drain very well; do not let cool.
  3. In a bowl with an immersion blender or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower with the cream cheese, Parmesan, garlic, chicken base, and pepper until almost smooth.
  4. Garnish with chives, and serve hot with pats of butter.

Recipe adapted from The Food Network.

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2 thoughts on “Mock Garlic ‘Mashed Potatoes’

    1. You should DEFINITELY give these “taters” a try! They are completely addicting. I am so happy that I discovered your blog. You have so many great DIY ideas, I can’t wait to try out a handful of them!

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