How I Got My Husband To Eat Mashed Cauliflower

How I Got My Husband to Eat Mashed Cauliflower-7

I hope you had a good weekend and were able to celebrate the New Year with family and/or friends. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to getting back to reasonable and healthy eating which for me, includes LOTS of cauliflower.

When I first started making and eating mashed cauliflower, I wondered how Kourtney Kardashian could eat what she calls “Magic Mash-up” every day. I tried several methods and lots of recipes but they were all too watery for my tastes. My husband was not impressed. For awhile I had to fix him mashed potatoes whenever I ate cauliflower until I figured out a few tricks. He still doesn’t eat it as often as I do, but then, I eat it almost every day.

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  1. I always cook my cauliflower in a microwave–UNCOVERED, so it will be as dry as possible. Minimal moisture is key to imitating the texture of mashed potatoes.
  2. A food processor works best and fastest when mashing cauliflower. I’ve tried a blender and was completely frustrated.How I Got My Husband to Eat Mashed Cauliflower-8
  3. Use good butter (I like Kerrygold) or another fat you enjoy. (Bacon grease is fabulous but my conscience won’t allow it too often.)
  4. Instead of butter, an intensely flavored cheese such as aged Cheddar or Parmesan will help cover the strong-ish cauliflower flavor. I’ve tried adding sour cream but it thins the cauliflower a bit too much for my taste. I want it to be really thick!!
  5. This one is important for people who aren’t crazy about the taste of cauliflower. Serve it with gravy. If it has enough flavor, you won’t taste the cauliflower. In case you’re thinking gravy would defeat the whole purpose if you are trying to eat more healthfully, come back for my next post when I plan to share how I make gravy without any flour or cornstarch and only a small amount of fat.
  6. When eating spicy soups with a thick consistency (e.g. gumbo and chili) I will often place a big scoop of mashed cauliflower into the bowl before I pour the soup on top. I promise you won’t taste the cauliflower but you will fill up faster and get your veggies at the same time.
  7. This last idea is just my opinion. I never try to fool adults or kids into thinking mashed cauliflower is actually mashed potatoes. Give them a heads-up and encourage them to try it alongside something else they really like. (See number 5.)
Microwaved Mashed Cauliflower
Recipe type: Vegetables
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or strongly-flavored cheese, unflavored Greek yogurt or cream cheese
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Remove cauliflower florets from tough core. Place in microwave-safe glass dish. I always use my two-qt Pyrex glass measuring bowl. Do not add water. Do not cover.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 10 minutes. Stir and continue on HIGH for 8-10 more minutes until cauliflower is soft throughout. Microwave ovens and cauliflower size vary hugely and will affect cooking times. If you have an older oven it may take several minutes more. A larger than average cauliflower will also take longer. Check often if you are new to this method. A few scorched spots on the cauliflower is not a big deal.
  3. Pour steaming cauliflower pieces into a food processor and allow it to sit until the steaming stops. Puree until smooth. Add butter, salt and lots of pepper.
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RobLL January 15, 2017 at 8:39 pm

To moderate the cauliflower taste I slightly overcook it. From experimenting just a few minutes past normal cooking lightens the taste.


Paula January 16, 2017 at 4:14 pm

Interesting observation Rob. Maybe that’s why I prefer mashed cauliflower over cauliflower rice.–a LOT! The mashed cauliflower needs to be well cooked while the cauliflower rice is a better texture if not cooked to death.


eliz a buf January 15, 2017 at 3:33 am

it’s taken me a while to come around to cauli in general, but i recently made a cauliflower soup with roasted garlic….. the leftovers thickened to point of mashed potatoes, what a surprise! i found that the roasted garlic covered the cauli-flavor enough for us.

love your blog, Paula! xoxo, buf


Paula January 16, 2017 at 4:27 pm

Love the garlic idea!


Cheryl McASkill January 2, 2017 at 9:10 pm

Hello Paula! Good to see your posts again! Love this recipe for the cauliflower!
I too tried it in the past and failed…I resorted to buying the frozen…I AM going to try your version. My husband liked the frozen…so now I will cook it and see if he likes it! Thanks for sharing this recipe!


Paula January 3, 2017 at 6:01 pm

Hi Cheryl, Thanks for writing. Good to be posting again.
I’ve never seen frozen mashed cauliflower. I’ve heard of the frozen cauliflower “rice” but have not seen it in stock. Interesting…


Donna January 2, 2017 at 1:16 pm

I have made this in the past but it’s been a while. Thank you for the recipe. I might try sauteing in a skillet because I don’t use a microwave anymore. By the way, it looks like you have a Cuisinart with a blade that has been recalled since I see the little rivets. You might want to check here:


Paula January 2, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Hi Donna,

THANK YOU SO MUCH! I knew nothing about the recall. Since I use this lovely little machine nearly everyday, I acted immediately and already have a new one coming. I got my machine in the early 80’s and it still runs faithfully as good as the day I got it.

I have not tried sauteing. Hope it works for you. I have considered roasting but it takes too long and since I make this at least every other day, I feel a need for speed.

Thanks again for taking the time to write and let me know about the recalled blade.


Becky January 2, 2017 at 7:16 am

How nice to see a post from you! I, too, have tried to eat mashed cauliflower with mixed results, and my husband wouldn’t touch it. I will certainly be trying your method. I hope you and yours have a wonderful 2017! Thanks again!


Paula January 2, 2017 at 9:33 am

Thanks Becky. Good luck with the cauliflower….and your husband. Maybe my husband just felt sorry for me when he realized I wasn’t going to eat mashed potatoes so every time he ate them at home, I was fixing them special for him. Now, when I give him the choice, he says, “I’ll eat whatever you are having.” It took several months for him to come around.


Becky January 18, 2017 at 7:55 am

I made the cauliflower last night, Paula, and while I loved it, my husband tolerated it. That’s good! He’ll come around. I think this is a genuis recipe. So simple, and yet it produces a great result. Thanks again!


Paula January 18, 2017 at 4:36 pm

Very good. Maybe you noticed my title says, “How I Got my Husband to Eat Mashed Cauliflower” not “How I Got Him to Love it.” That may take a little more time and familiarity. Have a great day.


Betty January 1, 2017 at 9:54 pm

I’ve tried mashed cauliflower in the past and have had the problem of it being too watery. I’m going to try it with your suggestions though- your mashed cauliflower looks fabulous! 🙂


Paula January 1, 2017 at 10:39 pm

Thanks Betty. I think the butter and pepper on top just like my mom used to serve mashed potatoes helps, too.


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