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Garlic Chive Mashed Cauliflower

Garlic Chive Mashed Cauliflower

Garlic chive mashed cauliflower is a lower-carb substitute for mashed potatoes.  It’s full of flavor, creamy, and satisfying, and a lot healthier.

Gray bowl of garlic chive mashed cauliflower, garnished with butter and chopped chives.

My favorite meal when I am craving something healthy is a cool Israeli Salad, Lemon Garlic Roasted Swordfish, this luscious garlic chive mashed cauliflower, and Sauteed Green Peas.  the meal is so healthy, that I am just fine with a little Fresh Watermelon Sherbet for dessert.

If you’re wondering if this dish REALLY tastes like mashed potatoes, my answer is no.  No.  Mashed cauliflower will never taste like mashed potatoes.  But, it’s a delicious, healthier swap.  It’s still creamy, savory, and comforting, but a lot fewer calories, carbs, and fat.  If you go in with appropriate expectations, you won’t be disappointed.  Heck, you might even be pleasantly surprised!

Gray bowl of garlic chive mashed cauliflower, garnished with butter and chopped chives.

Ingredients Needed

  • Cauliflower – I prefer using fresh cauliflower and steaming it myself.  I’ve found that frozen cauliflower made the final dish a little watery.
  • Cream cheese – for creaminess and flavor.  I used regular, but you could use low-fat or fat-free.
  • Butter – for flavor.  You could use olive oil instead.
  • Garlic cloves – mince them very finely.
  • Parmesan cheese – adds tons of flavor.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sour cream – for flavor and creaminess.  I used full fat, but use whatever you like.
  • Fresh chives – chop them finely.  They add a pretty garnish and lots of flavor.

Steps To Make Garlic Chive Mashed Cauliflower

  1.  Steam the cauliflower until fork tender.  Drain very well.
  2. Melt the butter and saute the garlic until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the cream cheese until melted.
  4. Process the cauliflower in a food processor until smooth.
  5. Spoon into the pot with the garlic mixture.
  6. Stir well to combine.
  7. Add the Parmesan cheese,   sour cream and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Garnish with chopped chives.

Gray bowl of garlic chive mashed cauliflower, garnished with butter and chopped chives.

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Gray bowl of garlic chive mashed cauliflower, garnished with butter and chopped chives.

Garlic Chive Mashed Cauliflower


Description

Garlic chive mashed cauliflower is a lower-carb substitute for mashed potatoes.  It’s full of flavor, creamy, and satisfying, and a lot healthier.


Ingredients

Scale

4 cups cauliflower florets (about a medium head)

2 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons butter, room temperature

2 large garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons sour cream

1 tablespoon minced fresh chives


Instructions

Bring a large pot or Dutch oven of water to a boil over high heat.

Add the cauliflower florets to the water and cook for 10 minutes or until it is fork-tender.

Drain the cauliflower well and then turn it out onto paper towels to dry completely.

In the same pot, add the cream cheese, butter, and garlic.  Saute the garlic until very fragrant, softened, but not browned.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the cauliflower, cream cheese, and garlic mixture, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.

Pulse until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.

Spoon the mixture into a serving bowl.

Stir in the sour cream and sprinkle the top of the cauliflower with chives.

Serve immediately.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Steam
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: garlic chive mashed cauliflower, mashed cauliflower, low-carb recipes, Keto recipes,

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