Few things beat the great taste of real mashed potatoes; at our house, they are one of the things we rarely need to cajole our children into eating. But, while they are good for you, sometimes it is a good idea to eat something besides potatoes to take advantage of all the other nutritious foods out there. Enter Mock Garlic Mashed Potatoes, made from cauliflower! And to make a good thing even better, they take less time than real mashed potatoes because you don’t have to peel, slice and boil the potatoes before you mash them!

The original recipe comes from The Food Network, but I made a few changes to make preparation even easier.


Mock Garlic Mashed Potatoes
1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon straight chicken base or bouillon (may substitute 1/2 teaspoon salt)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • *optional*  1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh or dry chives, for garnish
Directions: Steam the cauliflower in the water until fork tender, about 20 minutes (or 10-12 in the microwave). Put the cauliflower, water, Parmesan, cream cheese, garlic, chicken base, and butter in a food processor or blender and mix until almost smooth. Garnish with chives to serve.