This is a great low-fat and low-carb substitute for mashed potatoes. You may never go back to mashed potatoes again. Everyone that's tried it has loved it.

Aimee

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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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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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 20 minutes. Transfer cauliflower to a large bowl. Add mashed potato flakes, milk, and margarine; mash with a potato masher or fork until cauliflower mixture is fluffy. Season with salt and black pepper. Pour mixture into a baking dish and sprinkle with Cheddar cheese.

  • Bake in preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

105 calories; protein 4.8g; carbohydrates 9.4g; fat 6.1g; cholesterol 2.1mg; sodium 150.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2015
I’ve made these cauliflower mashed potato dishes many times but always have to be very careful when I make them so they don’t turn out too goopy. For great success the cauliflower must be cooked until very tender, must be dried out as much as possible, and a very limited amount of milk added, if any. What I immediately noticed in this recipe was the addition of the potato flakes, and I thought that was ingenious! The submitter adds just enough to ensure that the cauliflower is a mashed potato consistency and it was a very easy and effective solution! You know, one of those, “Why didn’t I think of that?” kind of things. I made it easy on myself and just microwaved the cauliflower and dried it very thoroughly before I continued with the rest of its preparation. Since I was serving this with gravy I didn’t use the Cheddar cheese. Obviously this only pretends to be mashed potatoes, but it does a fine job, particularly with the “secret ingredient” of potato flakes. Suggestion: For best flavor use butter, not margarine. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/11/2013
I have a similar recipe which I never thought of as a substitute for potatoes! but is a good side dish? I mash cooked cauliflower with low fat mayo, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and black pepper. can be served right away or reheats well,too. I sometimes top with melted cheese, whatever I have on hand. Read More
(41)
91 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 71
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2015
I’ve made these cauliflower mashed potato dishes many times but always have to be very careful when I make them so they don’t turn out too goopy. For great success the cauliflower must be cooked until very tender, must be dried out as much as possible, and a very limited amount of milk added, if any. What I immediately noticed in this recipe was the addition of the potato flakes, and I thought that was ingenious! The submitter adds just enough to ensure that the cauliflower is a mashed potato consistency and it was a very easy and effective solution! You know, one of those, “Why didn’t I think of that?” kind of things. I made it easy on myself and just microwaved the cauliflower and dried it very thoroughly before I continued with the rest of its preparation. Since I was serving this with gravy I didn’t use the Cheddar cheese. Obviously this only pretends to be mashed potatoes, but it does a fine job, particularly with the “secret ingredient” of potato flakes. Suggestion: For best flavor use butter, not margarine. Read More
(48)
Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2013
This recipe turned my hubby from a cauliflower hater to a lover. He even said he wouldn't mind having these instead of mashed potatoes!! I skipped the cheese and used a light whipped butter for a less calorie version. Read More
(43)
Rating: 3 stars
10/11/2013
I have a similar recipe which I never thought of as a substitute for potatoes! but is a good side dish? I mash cooked cauliflower with low fat mayo, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and black pepper. can be served right away or reheats well,too. I sometimes top with melted cheese, whatever I have on hand. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/25/2013
Texture and mouth feel is a huge part of the illusion. If you simply mash the cauliflower it doesn't quite pull it off. But if you puree it in a blender or food processor it comes very close. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2015
me and bf really enjoyed this but didn't add the cheese.. topped with a mushroom gravy.. ty for the recipe.. UPDATE: this is such an adaptable recipe.. this time instead of the mashed potato flakes i added one potato that i cut up in the steamer basket with the cauliflower.. left out the milk this time.. and sprinkled garlic salt and parm until it tasted right.. so yummy! ty again for the recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2014
Just made this for dinner and yumm. I did find the texture when mashed to still be like cauliflower and not like potato so I added some freshley minced garlic and then whipped it in the food processor adding more milk as needed. I then baked it with some grated cheddar and paprika on top for about 15 minutes. Came out awesome! Will definalty make again!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2013
I made them and thought they were good. I didn't care for the cheese on top so replaced with some gravy. Kind of defeated the healthy aspect I suppose but it made them so much better! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2013
Very good and easy added a little garlic powder I will probably just cook the cauliflower in the microwave to save some time. Husband who's diabetic ate all of his and didn't complain about no mashed potatoes! ( = a 4 star review for him) The rest of us loved itl Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2014
I modified the recipe to use 4 cups cooked cauliflower 1/2 c. Betty Crocker Butter and Herb mashed potato flakes 1/2 c. milk 4 tsp. margarine 1/2 c. cheese. After boiling the cauliflower for approximately 8 minutes I pureed it in my food processor then added the flakes milk and margarine; processed again then added the cheese. I did not take the extra time to bake the potatoes because my 2 year old niece wanted a taste and ended up eating two bowls. Four cups of cauliflower only made approximately three servings so I had to make a second batch immediately. Delicious! I didn't add salt or pepper due to the extra flavoring in the mashed potatoes. I will definitely make again! Read More
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