Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
For weeknight dinner I want something fast, easy and not ordinary. This mashed cauliflower side dish is a perfect substitute for mashed potatoes.
Creamy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 medium head cauliflower, chopped (about 6 cups)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large saucepan, cover cauliflower with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, until cauliflower is tender, 10-12 minutes; drain and return to pan.
  2. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Immediately remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer; discard peppercorns, garlic and bay leaf.
  3. Add cream mixture to cauliflower. Mash to reach desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 243 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 439mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.