Rockin' Good Smashed Cauliflower with Garlic

Rockin' Good Smashed Cauliflower with Garlic

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"I substituted this dish for mashed potatoes as a low-carb alternative, and my husband said it was 'rockin' good.' Flavors of Parmesan, garlic, and chives brought cauliflower to a new level and we didn't miss the potatoes. This goes well with a nice grilled steak or London broil."
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35 m servings 134 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 134 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 11 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 7g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 3.9 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 29 mg
  • 10%
  • Sodium:
  • 132 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Cover and bring the water to a boil. Place cauliflower and garlic in steamer and steam until soft, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Remove garlic cloves and smash with a fork; place smashed garlic with cauliflower into a pot.
  3. Smash butter and chives into cauliflower and garlic with a fork or potato masher until smooth.
  4. Stir light cream into smashed cauliflower mixture.
  5. Sprinkle Parmesan-Reggiano cheese onto cauliflower mixture; season with salt and black pepper.
  6. Cook the cauliflower mixture over low heat to absorb the cream and melt the butter, about 12 minutes.


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This was easy and delish! ...especially considering I wasn't overly precise on the measurements of the ingredients. I used fresh cauliflower instead of frozen and parmesan cheese in place of the...

Wow! As a diabetic, I've been looking for something like this. The only thing I did different was to whip it up w/ a hand mixer. It was nice and fluffy. This is a versatile method for caulif...

My son does not eat vegetables and he ate these "imitation mashed potatoes".

Of all the variations of “fake mashed potatoes” cauliflower recipes I’ve tried, this is one of the best. Most are good but most aren’t quite as sturdy as you’d want your “mashed potatoes” to be...

Easy to make! My husband and 18 yr old daughter loved them, she even thought they were mashed potatoes. I used fresh cauliflower and fresh grated parmesan cheese. Will make again!

This recipe is awesome. I used roasted garlic, half n half instead of light cream, and I halved the amount of bitter... It tasted amazing.

So good! Used fresh cauliflower and I didn't have garlic cloves so I subbed garlic powder and garlic salt. I also added some Tony's Sacherie's and parsley to it. I will definitely make this regu...

Yummy! My son is a wrestler and only eats low carb during the season so I'm always looking for good side dishes to replace the usual potatoes or rice. This was perfect! I used fresh cauliflow...

Really quick and easy. A yummy change from traditional mashed potatoes.

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