"Mock" Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Total Time:
21 min
15 min
6 min

4 servings

  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon straight chicken base or bullion (may substitute 1/2 teaspoon salt)
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh or dry chives, for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Set a stockpot of water to boil over high heat.

Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done. Drain well; do not let cool and pat cooked cauliflower very dry between several layers of paper towels.

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.

Garnish with chives, and serve hot with pats of butter.

Hint: Try roasting the garlic and adding a little fresh

rosemary for a whole new taste.

Chef: George Stella

View All

Cooking Tips
More Recipes and Ideas
4.6 413
i love this, you can taste the cauliflower but only slightly, i cleaned my plate, i used salt not chicken bullion and used roasted garlic 2 cloves it was outstanding, even my husband ate it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
First of all for those of you who get annoyed by recipes that are changed and then rated, remember that good cooks play with their food and that's how you get great recipes. I was inspired by this recipe so I used 1 large and 1 small STEAMED cauliflower. I returned the drained cauliflower to the pot, added garlic powder, salt, pepper and two laughing cow triangles and heated it through for about 5 min. I then used an immersion blender to process and gave it an extra 5 min of heat to address the raw spices and allow time for them to permeate the dish. Super easy and delicious. My new potato substitute! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this mock mashed potato dish, except I bake my cauliflower. It eliminates more of the moister. Thanks. Keep those recipes coming. I also use cauliflower for my pizza crust. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i loved this recipe! used a low fat cream cheese instead of the whole fat kind, while cooking the cauliflower i put 2 large cloves of garlic in the water it was perfect. made a Shepard pie and instead of using mashed potatoes i used the mashed cauliflower>before baking i sprayed olive oil on the mashed and sprinkled some seasoned bread crumbs on top baked for 35 min at 350 oh i also sprinkled a little paprika on top of the mashed it was better then the traditional mashed potato topping on the pie item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good! I didn't want to use chicken base (what's even IN that?! ew), so just used salt as suggested. I steamed the cauliflower until it was nice and soft and drained in a colander. I did not bother with trying to get every bit of water off of it because I knew it would be sitting on the stove for about an hour before reheating and that it would dry out a bit in this process. The consistency was good. My only complaint is that raw garlic in this dish is too overpowering. (I added one clove to the food processor and my kids wouldn't touch it because it was "too spicy" and even my husband and I thought it was quite strong) I will definitely make this again, but next time either roast the garlic ahead of time or leave it out completely. I'm not sure it needs it. Thanks for the recipe! Was looking for something low-carb to replace some of my favorite comfort-foods. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Deliciious roasted a head of garlic and substituted sour cream for cream cheese. Surprised everyone that they were not potatoes item not reviewed by moderator and published
I steamed the cauliflower in a steamer and patted dry, then used Asiago instead of Parmesean only because I was already cooking with the Asiago and used an immersion blender to blend and they came out fantastic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely Terrible! Sorry. I am not a big fan of cauliflower in the first place, but everyone kept saying to me "You don't realize it's even cauliflower - Tastes just like mashed potatoes". Well they taste nothing like mashed potatoes except for the fact that the stuff that are in them are the same things that go into mashed pot. On top of the taste they are thin, WAY thin, and yes we patted dry and drained very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG Best DF LF recipe I've had! I just mic'd the cauliflower, added the rest of the ingredients (except sesame oil cause I was out) and immersion blended. Worked beautifully and we couldn't believe how like mashed potatoes it tasted! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was surprised that they came out as good as they did. I roasted the garlic, was sure to dry the cauliflower well then put it in the blender with some seasoning and Kerrygold. Delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published

This recipe is featured in:

Cooking with Kids