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Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

This Garlic Mashed Cauliflower recipe is a delicious low carb side dish! It's smooth and creamy with the flavors of garlic and fresh chives, and it's so easy to make!

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  • 1 large head cauliflower about 2 1/2 - 3 lbs, or 7-8 cups of cauliflower florets. Cut florets into 2" pieces.
  • 3 cloves garlic smashed and peeled
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon regular table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped chives


  • Place the butter and cream on the counter to come to room temperature. Place the cauliflower florets and garlic in a large pot and fill with enough water to cover by 1". Cover and bring to a boil, then remove the lid and decrease the heat to medium. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until very tender.
  • Drain the cauliflower well in a colander.
  • Place the cauliflower back in the pot and purée using an immersion blender until smooth. You may also purée in a food processor or blender if you don't have an immersion blender!
  • Stir in the butter, heavy cream, salt and pepper and fresh chives until combined. Serve and enjoy!


  • Pro tip:  Pre-prepped cauliflower is a big time saver, but it's much more cost effective to purchase entire head and prep it yourself.  See instructions above on how to cut cauliflower!
  • This dish may be made completely in advance...simply warm before serving.  If cauliflower mashed potatoes are a bit watery, pour off the water.
  • Thicken this dish with softened cream cheese, Greek yogurt or sour cream if desired.
  • Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Calories: 184kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 652mg, Potassium: 660mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 593IU, Vitamin C: 103mg, Calcium: 66mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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