Rating: 4.27 stars
300 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 138
  • 4 star values: 120
  • 3 star values: 31
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 5

This is a great alternative to mashed potatoes, and much more figure friendly. It's a great vegetable side dish.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
10 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
2 cups
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring cauliflower and chicken broth to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Uncover the saucepan and increase heat to medium-high. Allow cauliflower to simmer until soft and the cooking liquid has reduced by half, about 10 minutes.

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  • Remove cauliflower from the heat, and add the butter, Cheddar cheese, and Parmesan cheese. Mash with a potato masher until the cheeses have melted and the cauliflower is smooth, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

270 calories; protein 13.7g; carbohydrates 11.8g; fat 20g; cholesterol 58mg; sodium 395.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (304)

300 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 138
  • 4 star values: 120
  • 3 star values: 31
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2008
I would give this four stars, but it needs some tweaking. It was really runny, like cream of wheat or soft polenta. Next time I will use 1.5 to 2 cups of chicken broth and omit the butter all together. Its not necessary. The flavor of the cauliflower and cheese combination makes this taste a lot like mashed potatoes. You could probably trick the kids for sure. I will definitely make again with these changes. NOTE** Ok, I think I figured it out. I used about 1.5c chicken broth, simmered for 15 mins, added 1/3c sour cream, 1c parmesean cheese and 2tbsp butter. I mixed with my hand mixer until I had a blended but slightly chunky (like country smashed potatoes) texture. LOVE IT> Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2008
Yum! I've made this several times before but couldn't quite figure out what was missing. I think cooking the cauliflower in chicken broth is key...I used chicken broth with roasted garlic and added a little extra garlic. I pureed the cauliflower in my food processor. I only used a little bit of the broth as I didn't want them to be too runny. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2008
This was quite yummy and my husband has requested to have it often. I steamed the cauliflower instead of boiling it in chicken broth and added a few tablespoons of sour cream. After using the potato masher, I switched to a hand-held mixer. The consistency was not runny at all. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/06/2008
Cauliflower will never be mashed potatoes and this preparation will fool no one into thinking so. But as a virtually carb free substitute this was pretty darn good! While I cooked the cauliflower in chicken broth I drained it completely before adding the cheeses and butter and had no problem at all with its being too soupy. If you like cauliflower in the first place you'll like it prepared this way. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2008
With a few changes this is a good recipe. I steamed the cauliflower in the chicken broth with a couple tsp of bottled garlic. When it was done I drained the broth into a bowl. Then used my wand blender and added a little broth at a time until I had the thickness I wanted. To get the "mashed potato" consistency I added a couple tablespoons of heavy cream. You could use half & half but I didn't have any. Of course this adds cals and fat but gives a wonderful consistency! To cut down on the cheese I used crumbled gorgonzola (about 3 T) instead of the cheddar and parm. Fabulous if you like that taste! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2008
Good stuff but with some healthier modifications -- no cheese just a touch of chicken stock drizzle of olive oil and lots of garlic. Kept it simple and flavorful - took a while for my boyfriend to warm up to it but he ultimately liked it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2008
This actually isn't too bad. I say that because I don't like cauliflower. At all. But I had two small servings of this one. Doesn't get five stars though bc of a few things. It was pretty difficult to mash the cauliflower so I plopped it all in the food processor to smooth it out although the texture was still a bit grainy. Also there is a ton of liquid. I drained as other reviewers did but added about a tablespoon of broth back in. I did use the amount of butter called for but didn't add any salt and used less cheese. I also subbed feta for the cheddar and added roasted garlic. With all these changes it was good. Otherwise would have been very runny. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2008
Reduce the liquid by half. Boil with bay leaf and onion then discard when you wish to smash cauliflower. Add 2 mashed potatoes to mashed cauliflower. At the end stir in about 2 Tbsp more butter than called for. Add 3 Tbsp powdered milk to broth for more flavor. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/29/2008
This was good the second time I made it. I steamed the cauliflower instead of boiling it-so it wont be runny also I used olive oil instead of butter to make it a little healthier. Read More
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