Garlic Horseradish Mashed Cauliflower

Garlic Horseradish Mashed Cauliflower are the lighter and easier version of the classic Mashed Potatoes. Nevermind the health benefits as we’re using butter and cream here – but probably not as much as you’d use with Potatoes.

Garlic Horseradish Mashed Cauliflower
Garlic Horseradish Mashed Cauliflower

I love Mashed Potatoes but I’m always trying to make a lighter version. Not lighter in calories but lighter in my belly. Mostly I’m trying to find an excuse to put more food in my mouth without feeling like an actual sack of potatoes. Before Thanksgiving I published my Garlic & Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes which didn’t have any dairy. This time I’m keeping some dairy but using Cauliflower instead of Russets.

Garlic Horseradish Mashed Cauliflower
Break the Cauliflower down in to a smaller bits before steaming in an inch of seasoned boiling water.

For a one pound head of Cauliflower, this recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of butter and 1/4 cup of heavy cream. You could leave the cream out if you’d like and just use water or stock. So it’s really not that bad, right? I mean, I ate the entire thing so I hope not :-\

First steam the cauliflower in a large pot with an inch of seasoned boiling water. Put a lid on top off the pot and let it simmer for 10 minutes. The cauliflower should easily break apart. Drain the cauliflower in a colander and melt the butter in the pot. Add finely grated garlic and cook for 30 seconds then add the horseradish. Add the cauliflower back to the pot and mash with a spoon. Take the pot off the heat and incorporate the heavy cream.

Garlic Horseradish Mashed Cauliflower
Drain the Cauliflower then add butter and grated garlic to the pot.
Garlic Horseradish Mashed Cauliflower
Add horseradish to the garlic and butter then add the drained cauliflower back to the pot. Incorporate everything with a wooden spoon then add the heavy cream.
Garlic Horseradish Mashed Cauliflower
Remove the pot from the heat and add Heavy Cream. Use an immersion blender for best results to get everything well incorporated. Then use a balloon whisk to make it extra light and fluffy.

Once you add the heavy cream you can start mashing the cauliflower. I used an immersion blender but you could easily use a potato masher or some other instrument used to pulverize vegetables. I use a whisk and some elbow grease to go from ‘well mushed’ to ‘light and fluffy’.

Season your Garlic Horseradish Mashed Cauliflower with a bit of salt and pepper and you’re ready to serve! It takes less than 20 minutes and you have a great side dish to serve with Braised Short Ribs.

Garlic Horseradish Mashed Cauliflower
Garlic Horseradish Mashed Cauliflower

Garlic Horseradish Mashed Cauliflower

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Recipe by Anthony Course: SidesCuisine: American
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Total time

20

minutes

Garlic Horseradish Mashed Cauliflower are the lighter and easier version of the classic Mashed Potatoes. Nevermind the health benefits as we’re using butter and cream here – but probably not as much as you’d use with Potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Cauliflower

  • 1 cup Water

  • 1 Tbs Kosher Salt

  • 2 Tbs Unsalted Butter

  • 2 Tbs Grated Garlic

  • 2 Tbs Horseradish

  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream

  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

  • Bring seasoned water to a boil in a large pot. Break down cauliflower in to smaller pieces, add to pot and cover with lid. Cook for 5-10 minutes until easily broken apart with a spoon. Transfer Cauliflower to a colander to drain.
  • Melt butter in pot over medium low heat. Add grated garlic and heat for 30 seconds to take away the rawness. Stir in horseradish then add the drained cauliflower. Begin mashing the cauliflower in the pot with a wooden spoon.
  • Remove pot from heat and add heavy cream. Use spoon to incorporate cream and break down the cauliflower. Use potato masher or immersion blender to completely incorporate everything. As the mixture becomes more homogeneous switch to a balloon whisk to incorporate air and make it fluffy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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3 Comments

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  2. 5 stars
    Making this!

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