Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Welcome to the November 2012 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Healthy Holiday Meals. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about how they are making healthy choices during their holiday celebrations.

I've been dreading the holidays.

The worst part about this new no carb thing is that I can't eat the foods I love this holiday season.  That means no mashed potatoes, none of my Aunt Mary's famous potato salad, or Crystal's delicious green bean casserole, or costco rolls, or pie or anything good at all.

It's kind of depressing, but I need to forge ahead with my lifestyle and try new things.  Which is why I'm pretty sure God invented Costco.  I was perusing the food isles the other day when I came across the most delicious smelling sample.  It looked like mashed potatoes, it smelled like mashed potatoes, it even tasted like mashed potatoes.  But it wasn't- it was cauliflower!

I considered adding the cauliflower mashed "potatoes" to my cart when I realized I could make this. So I did.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 whole, raw head of cauliflower.
  • 2 tablespoons of milk (mine was raw, and whole)
  • 2 heaping spoonful of butter (mine was raw, and slightly salted)
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves, minced 
  • Seasoning salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Chives for garnish

After washing it, I chopped the cauliflower into relatively large pieces and steamed it until I could easily penetrate it with a fork in my rice cooker.  This took way longer than I expected, and I think the next time I'll do it on the stove.

While that was steaming, I minced my garlic and sauteed it with one heap of butter until it was fragrant.  In case you were wondering, this what I consider a heap.  Measure accordingly. Once it was done, I put it to the side, to be added later.

When the cauliflower was finally finished, I put it into the kitchenaid with the milk and garlic mixture.  This proved to be an awful idea, as it remained chunky, with little hope of becoming smooth and fluffy.  I tried smooshing it down with a large fork, but this was an epic failure.

Which is where my vitamix came in.  Once it was nice and smooth, I put it back into the kitchenaid, whipped it, and added a second heap of butter, seasoning salt, pepper, and served.

They came out even better than I thought they would!  And very much Anthony and Paul approved.  I can't wait to make them for Thanksgiving this year.

How many cauliflowers do you think it'll take to feed 60?

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  1. Looks pretty good! I haven't experimented much with cauliflower but I keep finding amazing recipes using it! Pinning!

  2. I've heard about doing this so many times, but I have never tried it. Perhaps this Thanksgiving is a good time to give it a whirl. My husband doesn't like potatoes that much, so maybe he'll enjoy this more.

  3. Thank you!!! I love cauliflower and need to try this - is it 2 tablespoons or cups of milk?