Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”

Mashed Cauliflower
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Fluffy mashed potatoes are a comforting sidekick to so many of my favourite dishes: roast chicken or beef, Shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and the list goes on. For those of us looking for healthier alternatives, it turns out that cauliflower makes a stellar stand-in for white potatoes. Also, steaming the cauliflower retains more nutrients than boiling. Give this recipe a try, and you’ll be forever converted!


  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into large florets
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Special equipment: steamer basketstick blender or food processor


  1. Place cauliflower in a steamer basket and steam until tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Add milk , margarine and sour cream to bowl.
  3. Use stick blender or food processor to mash mixture until creamy.
  4. Transfer cauliflower mixture to a baking dish; season with salt and black pepper; run a fork along the top to create a pattern of ridges over the surface.
  5. Place under broiler for 5 minutes, or until peaks are lightly browned.


Image: David Reber via Flickr

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I'm a Canadian mother of two with a passion for food and cooking. I'm increasingly discovering that delicious food can also be healthy! So, I am sharing my favourite recipes with like-minded home cooks. Along the way, I'll also be writing about food-related topics such as gadgets, books and television. Let the culinary adventures begin!

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