There are hundreds (if not thousands actually) mashed cauliflower recipes available online. I believe everyone has their own version of how they like their keto “mashed potatoes”. You’ll be surprised that this simple keto mashed cauliflower recipe can be used as a base to add more flavor, or just be the perfect side dish on its own. I particularly love it because you can freeze it – just make sure to hold off on adding any kind of dairy, as it may separate or slightly crumble while frozen. It’s best to wait until you have defrosted it, and then add it afterwards.
What makes THE perfect mashed cauliflower?
I don’t know about you guys, but I hate watery, tasteless faux mashed potatoes. Therefore I do believe there are certain steps you absolutely must take to make sure your keto mashed cauliflower is as delicious as it can be:
- If you have the opportunity to steam your cauliflower instead of boiling it – do it. Boiling cauliflower allows it to absorb more moisture, thus giving it more of a chance to become soggy after blending.
- Seriously, do use a cheesecloth or whatever you have on hand to squeeze out the extra moisture. This is probably the most crucial step of the whole process – under any circumstances, do not skip this step. Plenty of times I thought I was real cute and omitted this step, which was a fail and had me convinced mashed cauliflower is gross. It isn’t – you just have to follow some rules.
- Add cheese. This isn’t a mandatory step, especially if you are lactose intolerant. But it does give mashed cauliflower texture, smoothness and helps to “hold it” together. In my opinion, cream cheese is a cornerstone ingredient, but as I have mentioned before, you may want to skip it if you choose to avoid dairy and it might still taste just fine.
- Be very, very generous with salt (and other spices if you wish). I find cauliflower to be a truly bland and boring vegetable on its own. This is of course despise its magical ability to transform into anything and everything, but the truth is keto mashed cauliflower needs lots of salt. Gradually add more and more to make sure you won’t overdo it, but don’t skimp on other spices such as ground black pepper, fresh (or dry) parsley, rosemary or thyme. Do whatever you gotta do to make it fun.