Nov 20
Mashed Cauliflower with Turkey Gravy

I’ve been in a huge mashed potato mood lately.  Seriously people, I have a problem!  I could easily eat them every day.  Instead of loading up on mashed potatoes, I’ve been trying to keep things lighter, so have been making a big pot of mashed cauliflower at least once a week.  I’ve eaten so much mashed cauliflower lately that I may actually be turning into a head of cauliflower.  (Wait, can that happen?)  My habit shows no signs of changing, as I will be making another big pot of mashed cauliflower next week for our Thanksgiving meal (7 more days!).

Heads of Cauliflower

The first time I had mashed cauliflower I thought it would be really weird.  Boy was I wrong!  It was so light and fluffy, yet rich and creamy.  It was instant love.  It is also insanely quick and easy to make.

Cut cauliflower into florets

You start by cutting 2 heads of cauliflower into florets, which you then steam until they are tender.  Then you puree them with some milk, ghee (or butter), salt, garlic powder, and black pepper…and you’re done!  I love garnishing mine with some fresh thyme leaves.  You can dress these up however you like.  They are delicious with turkey gravy, or whatever flavors you usually love in/with your mashed potatoes.  What do you love putting in your mashed potatoes?

Mashed Cauliflower

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Mashed Cauliflower

Makes 6 servings

2 heads cauliflower
3/4 cup milk (or almond milk)
1/4 cup ghee (or butter)
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Fresh thyme leaves, to garnish

1. Cut the heads of cauliflower into florets.

2. Fill a large pot with about 1/2-inch of water and bring the water to a boil. Add the cauliflower florets, cover the pot and steam them until they are completely cooked and soft (approximately 8 to 10 minutes).

3. Drain the cauliflower then blend it with the rest of the ingredients (except for the thyme leaves) using a food processor, blender, or immersion blender, until the cauliflower is smooth and creamy. Garnish with fresh thyme leaves and serve.

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Sara November 20, 2014 at 9:21 am

Oooh, I saw this on your instagram feed recently and it looked so good. I tried making mashed cauliflower once, but tried to actually mash it, like mashed potatoes. It was not good at all. This makes so much more sense!


Fuji Mama (Rachael) November 20, 2014 at 9:27 am

Sara, if I hadn’t seen a recipe before trying to make mashed cauliflower for the first time, I totally would have done the same thing!


Olga @ MangoTomato November 20, 2014 at 9:22 am

How pretty!!! I’m a big lover of cauliflower. But I still prefer mashed potatoes ;) Sometimes I make mashed potatoes sandwiches with sour dough bread, cheese and a bit of mayo. DIVINE.
1 week till I see you!!! oxoxoxox


Fuji Mama (Rachael) November 20, 2014 at 9:26 am

Don’t worry, there will be lots of mashed potatoes too!! CANNOT WAIT until you get here!!!


GaryODS November 20, 2014 at 9:59 am

One of my standbys too. For fats I use half mayo and half butter, and I add a 1/4 tsp of xanthan gum to the butter (stir it in really good so it is all dissolved before) before adding it to the cauliflower either in your food processor or while blending with your stick blender.

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) November 20, 2014 at 10:05 am

Sounds fabulous Gary! I bet the mayo gives everything a bit more zip! YUM!


GaryODS November 20, 2014 at 10:37 am

Oops I should have mentioned that I melt the butter before stirring the xanthan in, it just makes it easier to be sure it is will mixed. Sorry


Fuji Nana November 20, 2014 at 10:07 am

I’ve been hoping you would post this recipe. I can’t wait to try it.


Jayne | Tenacious Tinkering November 20, 2014 at 10:41 pm

I made cauliflower soup before and I’m guessing this is very similar, except with butter, milk and no broth. If it’s as good as the soup, I’ll be all over this! :-) There’s a place for taters but then there’s a bigger place for these.


Robert W. Cannon via Facebook November 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Looks fantastic.


Carolyn November 24, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Sounds so delicious and exactly what I need in my life! I could each mash potatoes like it was ice cream. Which of course to any sane person is trouble – so this could be a life saver. Literally.
Thanks for sharing the recipe, this is one for the books!
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Fuji Mama (Rachael) November 25, 2014 at 1:02 pm

LOL! So glad to have a fellow mashed potato lover in the crowd!


Hannah November 24, 2014 at 7:19 pm

You are talking my language here- Mashed cauliflower is pretty much my favorite thing! Totally making this for Thanksgiving and shamelessly eating it as a main dish.


Fuji Mama (Rachael) November 25, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Hannah, you are definitely one of my people. I’ve been making pots of this to eat as my meals lately!


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