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One of our favorite low-carb substitutions is eating more cauliflower. I have learned to really like roasted cauliflower as a vegetable side dish, but also there are so many ways to use cauliflower in creative ways. I have done pizza crust, fried rice, and mashed cauliflower. Cauliflower has really become a staple in our house. But speaking to my family and friends, everyone doesn’t feel that way. So here are a few tips to get the easiest and best Creamy Mashed Cauliflower. Then read the full recipe below. This makes a lot of mashed cauliflower. I like to make it and then freeze the leftovers to have on hand later.
- How to cut the cauliflower. I rinse it off and then chop it in half and then cut out the big pieces of stem and leaves.
2. I cook the cauliflower in a steamer on the stove. I use a steamer from Pampered Chef, although this one from Amazon looks good too.
3. Steam your cauliflower until it is very well cooked. When you stick a fork in it and turn slightly, you want it to fall apart.
4. Use dairy to get the creaminess. This isn’t exactly a low-calorie side dish. And it is certainly not dairy free. But butter, milk, cream cheese certainly add creaminess.
Here is the complete recipe. Enjoy!
Creamy Mashed Cauliflower
A lower carb alternative to mashed potatoes. The cream cheese makes it super creamy!
- 2 heads Cauliflower
- 2 TBSP Butter
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp chives (I used freeze dried)
- 1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
- 4-8 ounces cream cheese (to taste)
1. Place a steamer inside a pot and bring water to boil.
2. Chop the cauliflower and place in steamer. Cover the pot.
3. Let the cauliflower cook, while keeping an eye on the water level so the pan doesn’t run out. You want the cauliflower to be very very tender. The more cooked it is, the easier it is to mash.
4. Drain the water off the cauliflower. Return the cauliflower to the hot pot, if needed.
5. Add 2 TBSP Butter and 1/4 cup milk to the pot with the cauliflower.
6. Mash the cauliflower with a masher or an immersion mixer until creamy.
7. Add the spices (2 tsp each garlic powder, onion powder, and chives. 1 tsp salt.) and the cream cheese broken up into pieces. **Add a little bit of each at a time to your tasting preferences if desired.
8. Mix and/or stir until your desired consistency.
9. Top with extra sprinkle of chives.
Other fun additions: sharp cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, carmelized onions. Also you can substitute or reduce the cream cheese and add sour cream or Greek yogurt.
What would you serve with the Creamy Mashed Cauliflower? I served it with some easy beef tips (that I really need to test out a healthier recipe for) and broccoli.