Mashed potato alternative – cauliflower puree

We often have mashed potato, the kids love it and it’s a great side to any meat and 3 vegetable style dinner.  However lately I have been trying to come up with alternatives.  I made some cauliflower puree recently, just for something different, it’s certainly going to remain one of my go-to side dish ideas as the kids really enjoyed it!


Cauliflower puree

  • Author: Katrina Springer
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 5
  • Category: Side dish


  • 1 small head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
  • 30g butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to season


  1. Boil water in a large saucepan on high heat.
  2. Add cauliflower, cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender.
  3. Drain and return to saucepan.
  4. Add butter and garlic and mash in saucepan until just smooth (may still be grainy).
  5. Stir through cheese and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve.

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Here are some other cauliflower puree recipes you may like:

Cauliflower Puree with Thyme, recipe from Once upon a Chef, using chicken stock, salt, butter and thyme.


From Martha Stewart, using chicken stock, sour cream and butter.

martha stewart cauliflower puree

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Julia K May 21, 2015 - 8:58 AM

The cauli puree is a great substitute for mashed potatoes (pity my children don’t love it as much as I do). Another thing to do is to make “cauliflower rice”. Boil the cauliflower in salted water – but only until it is just tender. Then drain well and process in a food processor until it resembles grains of rice. This is a healthy alternative to serve with stir fries and other indian / asian meals.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 21, 2015 - 9:05 AM

Julie what a fantastic tip! Thank you for sharing, Cauliflower rice sounds amazing!! I can’t wait to try it now x

Abbie May 21, 2015 - 10:13 AM

as an alternative to plain mash I often do part potato part turnip, just gives it a slightly different favour & my daughter doesn’t even notice!

Susan White May 21, 2015 - 8:45 PM

Looks really healthy and that`s important for me. Do you think that if I replace potatoes with pumpkin is will work also?
Have a nice day girls!

Nicole @ The Builder's Wife May 22, 2015 - 4:45 AM

I love mashed sweet potato! It’s my favourite, however pureed cauliflower is a close second. Yummy stuff!!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 22, 2015 - 8:33 AM

I have to agree with you Nicole, sweet mashed potato is one of my favourites too. But so nice to have another healthy alternative.:)

Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid May 29, 2015 - 10:04 AM

We love carbs but they don’t love us so we’re trying to eat less! Sweet potato mash is a good Low GI alternative and we’ve mashed pumpkin too but this looks delicious! You had me at parmesan!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 29, 2015 - 12:41 PM

Hmmm i can’t go past mashed sweet potato too! One of my favourites.:) The parmesan really does give it that beautiful flavour x

Jay May 14, 2018 - 3:02 PM

A few weeks ago I made a cauliflower mash using the Parmesan etc, the same as the recipe you used. I decided to freeze some in portion sizes to see how it held up. It was just as delicious after heating back up in the microwave. ?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 16, 2018 - 9:43 AM

this is fabulous to know, thank you so much for sharing.


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