Mashed Cauliflower with Cream Cheese

Mashed Cauliflower with Cream Cheese Recipe

Mashed Cauliflower with Cream Cheese


  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped chives or parsley for garnish (optional)


Cook Cauliflower:

  1. Steam or Boil Cauliflower:
    • Steam or boil the cauliflower florets until they are fork-tender. This usually takes about 10-12 minutes. If you’re boiling, drain the cauliflower well.
  2. Drain and Pat Dry (if boiled):
    • If you boiled the cauliflower, make sure to drain it thoroughly. You can also pat the cauliflower dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.

Mash Cauliflower:

  1. Mash or Blend:
    • Place the cooked cauliflower in a large bowl and use a potato masher to mash it until smooth. Alternatively, you can use a food processor or blender for a smoother consistency.

Add Cream Cheese:

  1. Add Cream Cheese:
    • Add the softened cream cheese to the mashed cauliflower. Mix well to incorporate the cream cheese evenly.

Add Butter and Cream:

  1. Incorporate Butter:
    • Add unsalted butter to the cauliflower mixture. Mix until the butter is melted and well combined.
  2. Pour in Heavy Cream:
    • Pour in the heavy cream to achieve the desired creamy consistency. You can adjust the amount of cream based on your preference.


  1. Season with Salt and Pepper:
    • Season the mashed cauliflower with salt and pepper to taste. Remember that the cream cheese adds some saltiness, so start with a small amount and adjust as needed.

Garnish and Serve:

  1. Optional Garnish:
    • If desired, garnish the Mashed Cauliflower with Cream Cheese with chopped chives or parsley for a pop of color and added freshness.
  2. Serve Hot:
    • Serve the mashed cauliflower while it’s hot as a delicious low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes.


  • Variations: Experiment with adding roasted garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, or herbs like thyme or rosemary for additional flavor.
  • Texture Adjustment: Adjust the texture by adding more or less heavy cream based on your preference for creaminess.
  • Make-Ahead Option: You can prepare the mashed cauliflower ahead of time and reheat it before serving. If it thickens upon reheating, simply add a bit more cream.

This Mashed Cauliflower with Cream Cheese is a creamy and flavorful side dish that complements various main courses while offering a low-carb alternative to traditional mashed potatoes.

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