Mashed Cauliflower makes a great low carb side dish. I’ve experimented with different ways to make them, and I’ve found that by adding a few unexpected ingredients it’s possible to make something that is very similar to mashed potatoes in taste and consistency.
1 head of cauliflower, chopped
3 Tablespoons of softened butter
3 ounces softened cream cheese
1/2 tsp (heaping) of xanthan gum
salt and pepper to taste
Place cauliflower in a medium pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer approximately 20 minutes. Make sure the cauliflower is very soft and cuts easily with a fork. Drain the excess water and leave the cauliflower in the hot pot for a few minutes. This will remove any excess moisture. Place cooked cauliflower in a food processor, then add remaining ingredients. Puree until completely smooth.
If you have a chance to make these a day ahead, the consistency gets even better. I like them to be thick and have some substance. It makes them seem more like potatoes to me. They reheat well in the microwave. You can also throw them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes if you’re already baking something else anyway.
Experiment with different toppings and seasonings. This is just a basic recipe to which you could add garlic, cheese, chopped bacon, green onions etc. You can add anything you like that complements your meal.
Serves 6: NET carbs about 3 per serving