Garlic Mashed Cauliflower and Squash Side

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower and Squash Side

By Jan D’Atri

Want to change up your weeknight or holiday menu just a bit? Why not replace mashed potatoes with two recipes that will have you forgetting about spuds in no time at all!

Both the Garlic Mashed Cauliflower and Sensational Squash slip right into the mashed side categories and you will be amazed at their flavor and appreciate their health benefits.

These are two of my new favorites.

Hope you enjoy!

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower


1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

1 clove garlic, smashed

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

4 tablespoons (4oz or 1/2 package)  cream cheese

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2  teaspoon pepper


Steam cauliflower  in a saucepan using a small amount of water or by using a steamer in a saucepan, filling pan with water to just below the bottom of the steamer.

Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil and butter in a small skillet.  Over medium heat, cook and stir garlic until softened, about 2 minutes. DO NOT BURN GARLIC! Remove from heat.

Transfer half of the drained cauliflower to a food processor. Blend on high. Add remaining cauliflower florets and blend until creamy. Blend in garlic, parmesan cheese, cream cheese, salt, and black pepper. Serve hot.