Side dish / Vegetables

Mock Garlic Mashed Potatoes (made with cauliflower)

If you told me I could never eat mashed potatoes again, I’d be OK with that.  Actually, that’s a lie.  I loved mashed potatoes.  Having said that, these mock garlic mashed potatoes made with cauliflower are a pretty great substitution.  If you want to fool your kids into eating cauliflower – try these!


My cousin made these for my husband and me when we were over for dinner one night. I’m not sure where she got the recipe; I’d site the source if I knew what it was.  If you’re cooking for more than two adults and two kids, I’d double this recipe.


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1/4 c parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 2 tsp chicken broth
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chives, chopped
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter


  • Rinse cauliflower and cut into small pieces.  Cook in boiling water until tender.  Drain well and pat dry.  Do not let them cool.
  • While the cauliflower is boiling, puree the cream cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic, broth, and pepper in a food processor.
  • Add the cauliflower to the mix in the food processor.  Whip everything together.
  • Serve with the chives as garnish and butter on the side.  I’ve been known to add sour cream or a bit more cream cheese.  🙂

Try this for a side dish at Christmas!


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