Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Prep Time
15 Mins
Cook Time
15 Mins
Makes about 6 servings (3 1/2 cups)

This mashed cauliflower recipe is an alternative to mashed potatoes and features pureed cauliflower flavored with browned butter and Parmesan cheese.

How to Make It

Step 1

Fill a large Dutch oven with water to depth of 1/4 inch. Arrange cauliflower in Dutch oven. Cook, covered, over medium-high heat 7 to 10 minutes or until tender. Drain.

Step 2

Process cauliflower, sour cream, salt, and pepper in a food processor 30 seconds to 1 minute or until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Stir in Parmesan cheese and chives. Place in a bowl.

Step 3

If desired, microwave mixture at HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring at 1-minute intervals.

Step 4

Cook butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, 4 to 5 minutes or until butter begins to turn golden brown. Remove from heat, and immediately drizzle butter over cauliflower mixture. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.

Step 5

*2 (16-oz.) bags frozen cauliflower may be substituted. Cook cauliflower according to package directions. Proceed with recipe as directed, beginning with Step

Ratings & Reviews

jillkerr's Review

September 27, 2014
I roast my cauliflower with olive oil and garlic instead of steaming. Tonight it needed a little something to make the consistency perfect so I added just a bit of low fat cream cheese and unsweetened almond milk. It didn't need the butter. My husband said it was better than mashed potatoes. That's huge coming from a meat and potatoes man! We had it with grilled ribeyes and a Chilean Cabernet. Better than a restaurant!

foxglove999's Review

August 10, 2014
While this didn't taste bad, it was visually unappealing and the texture was odd. How anyone could mistake this for potatoes is beyond me. The puree was so strong, that the butter couldn't be tasted.

jaguar28's Review

December 04, 2013
Deliciously low carb. Doesn't really need butter unless your guests don't like cauliflower.

mmmbanya12135's Review

June 18, 2013

Keiko123's Review

October 14, 2012
Better than mashed potatoes and my husband kept saying these were the best potatoes he had ever had and I finally told him at the end. We used fresh chives from the garden and no-fat sour cream. We'll be serving this for thanksgiving to our dieting friends! One to keep for the recipe file. Used two small heads of cauliflower.

Phoebegetsfit's Review

October 11, 2012
This was a really tasty and super healthy substitute for mashed potates and I loved every bite of them. Sadly my food processor wasn't working so I simply over cooked the cauliflower (I used frozen) and mashed it by hand. I can't wait to have these again!

Lizzi621's Review

June 14, 2012

SAntoszyk's Review

May 26, 2012

JenniferM's Review

March 08, 2012
This dish is delicious. My skeptical husband and kids were surprised how good it was. I will definitely make this again- it is a nice change from my regular cauliflower recipes.

amygren's Review

March 05, 2012
Doesn't even need the butter. Even my friend who doesn't like cauliflower had seconds.