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The Best Keto Mashed Cauliflower

The Best Keto Mashed Cauliflower is my favorite way to conquer comfort food cravings when following a low-carb diet. My secret is using frozen cauliflower and cream cheese for the ultimate creamy and delicious side dish, that no one will guess isn’t potatoes!

You are probably wondering what makes me an expert on mashed potatoes and how do I quantify the title “best,” right??

Easy, I’ve been making mashed cauliflower for over 15 years as a part of our healthy diet. Not only when eating low-carb or keto, but because it’s equally if not more delicious than mashed potatoes with only 8g net carbs per generous 1 cup serving!

But that’s not just my opinion, I’ve served my Keto Cauliflower Mash to the pickiest of eaters, people who swear that they hate mashed cauliflower and everyone agrees that mine is the BEST!

5 Tips for making the Best Mashed Cauliflower

Here’s what you will need to make a creamy and delicious cauliflower mash:

  1. Frozen Cauliflower. The reason we use frozen cauliflower is that it’s always pre-portioned, which takes the guess work and measuring out of using fresh. It’s also already cut up into the perfect size pieces! Frozen cauliflower saves time, money and is more convenient! Reminder, always choose organic produce whenever possible for the most healthy choice!
  2. Sauce Pan with Steamer Insert. You NEVER EVER want to boil your cauliflower when making it into a mash. You cauliflower will become saturated with water and your mash will be too runny. Whether working with fresh or frozen cauliflower, it’s imperative that you always steam it for the least moisture retention and the thickest puree. THIS is the steamer insert I use and recommend.
  3. Cream Cheese. Using cream cheese is the key ingredient helps, to not only enhance the flavor, but gives your keto cauliflower mash a luxurious creaminess that you can’t achieve with all liquid dairy. Likewise, while I think butter is one of the most universally delicious ingredients, you don’t want to add it to your cauliflower mash, save it for topping instead!
  4. Food Processor. When making mashed cauliflower you MUST use a food processor. You cannot use a blender or mixer. The magic is processing the cauliflower into a smooth puree, then combining it with high fat creamy cream cheese. THIS is the food processor that I use and recommend.
  5. Season to taste. As with every single recipe you make, adequate seasoning before serving is essential. The sea salt and pepper ratios are a starting point that I suggest. If your family is more sensitive to seasonings, measure out my recommendation and add them slowing tasting after mixing well.

How to make the Best Keto Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

To get started, bring 2 cups of water to boil in the pot of your steamer and place your FROZEN cauliflower into the streamer insert.

Cover and steam for 7-9 minutes, or until completely soft and falling apart.

Transfer your HOT steamed cauliflower along with the cream cheese, sea salt and black pepper to your food processor and process for 1 minute.

Add heavy cream and process for 1 additional minute.

The Best Keto Mashed Cauliflower is my favorite way to conquer comfort food cravings when following a low-carb diet. My secret is using frozen cauliflower and cream cheese for the ultimate creamy and delicious side dish, that no one will guess isn't potatoes!

Your mashed cauliflower will be a luxuriously smooth and delicious puree. Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your taste, as written my measurements are slightly under seasoned for my taste so it’s a recommended starting point.

The Best Keto Mashed Cauliflower is my favorite way to conquer comfort food cravings when following a low-carb diet. My secret is using frozen cauliflower and cream cheese for the ultimate creamy and delicious side dish, that no one will guess isn't potatoes!

You can serve your keto low carb mashed caulifower immediately, or reheat it later. It will even freeze for up to 3 months!

The Best Keto Mashed Cauliflower is my favorite way to conquer comfort food cravings when following a low-carb diet. My secret is using frozen cauliflower and cream cheese for the ultimate creamy and delicious side dish, that no one will guess isn't potatoes!

We like to top ours with lots of butter and a quick garnish of parsley to make it look as beautiful as it tastes!

The Best Keto Mashed Cauliflower is my favorite way to conquer comfort food cravings when following a low-carb diet. My secret is using frozen cauliflower and cream cheese for the ultimate creamy and delicious side dish, that no one will guess isn't potatoes!

I’ll frequently make this low carb cauliflower mash ahead of time then reheat it in the oven. I especially love how the butter melts all through the nooks and crannies!

The Best Keto Mashed Cauliflower is my favorite way to conquer comfort food cravings when following a low-carb diet. My secret is using frozen cauliflower and cream cheese for the ultimate creamy and delicious side dish, that no one will guess isn't potatoes!

Here’s a few main dishes that we like to serve this vegetarian cauliflower puree with:

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Yours in Health,

Hayley Ryczek
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The Best Keto Mashed Cauliflower

The Best Keto Mashed Cauliflower is my favorite way to conquer comfort food cravings when following a low-carb diet. My secret is using frozen cauliflower and cream cheese for the ultimate creamy and delicious side dish, that no one will guess isn't potatoes!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Equipment

  • Steamer insert/pot combination
  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces Frozen Caulifower
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • Butter (or ghee) to garnish, if desired

Instructions

  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil over high heat.
  • Place frozen caulifwer into your stemer insert. Place on top of the boiling water and cover with a lid. Steam for 7-9 mintues or until the cauliflower is VERY soft and tender.
  • Transfer hot cauliflower to your food processor along with cream cheese, sea salt and black pepper. Puree for 1 mintue.
  • Add heavy cream, adjust seasonings to taste and puree for 1 additional mintue.
  • Serve immediately while still hot, top with butter if desired. Or you can transfer your finished cauliflower mash to an oven proof dish and reheated as needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 527mg | Potassium: 587mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 872IU | Vitamin C: 82mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 1mg
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