Creamy Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes

Updated on October 20, 2018
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Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, blogger at Healthy at Home, and educator. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

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So my husband was getting ready to go out of town this week, and I've been making some crazy dishes lately for my regular internet posts. I love them all, but he's a regular meal-rotation kind of guy that loves his meat and potatoes. I thought I'd surprise him the night before he left with his favorite meal to leave him with some good thoughts of us. Just wait until he finds out that I'm making him BBQ pork ribs for the night he returns!

I've been trying to incorporate more yummy vegetables into our meals in unusual ways so that my picky eaters (my husband and toddler) will get more vegetables into their diets. Just serving green beans on the side doesn't cut it. I make a fantastic vegetable meatloaf and veggie meatballs that they love, because both recipes contain meat, as well. However, I've been trying to be a bit more creative. This seemed like the perfect opportunity!

When cooked and mashed together, you'd never guess that there is a whole head of cauliflower mixed into these delicious mashed potatoes. Honestly, you don't even need the potatoes to make this great "mashed potato" dish, but they have their own nutritional value as well, and they're super cheap to make for my family. And then with the pot roast gravy on top, these mashed potatoes can't be beat. You're going to love this! For dessert, I served pumpkin pie. Yum! But what better way to get even more vegetables into the meal is there than to serve it as dessert! (I know that pumpkin is technically a fruit, but in this house, it's a vegetable.)

Stay tuned to find out how to get yummy vegetables into all of your dishes without compromising on taste. In the meantime, let me show you how I made this dish.

5 stars from 2 ratings of Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 6 adult servings

Ingredients

  • 6 small potatoes
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, grass-fed preferred

Instructions

  1. I used my Instant Pot for this recipe because it's so quick and easy, and that's what I need around here. You could always boil the potatoes and cauliflower instead, drain it, and mix in all of the other ingredients.
  2. I started by washing and chopping my potatoes and adding them to my Instant Pot. Then I chopped and added in my cauliflower.
  3. Next I dumped in the milk, garlic and salt and locked the lid closed.
  4. I set the Instant Pot for 10 minutes, let it naturally release for 10 minutes when done and then released the rest of the pressure myself manually.
  5. I waited and added in the butter at the end and used my hand mixer to blend them all together smooth.
  6. We served ours with my Crockpot Pot Roast and gravy.
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First I washed and chopped my potatoes.Then I slid them into my Instant Pot. I'm a huge fan of this great cooker!Then I chopped my cauliflower.And added it to the Instant Pot.I poured in my milk and minced garlic. You could also have used heavy cream or half and half for a thicker, creamier mixture.And finally I added salt. I closed the lid and cooked it for ten minutes. Your potatoes and cauliflower could also have been boiled in a pot, drained and the rest of the ingredients added.Once finished, I let cool naturally for 10 minutes and then did the Quick Release. I then added lots of butter.And I used my hand mixer to blend it all up.Yummy!
First I washed and chopped my potatoes.
First I washed and chopped my potatoes.
Then I slid them into my Instant Pot. I'm a huge fan of this great cooker!
Then I slid them into my Instant Pot. I'm a huge fan of this great cooker!
Then I chopped my cauliflower.
Then I chopped my cauliflower.
And added it to the Instant Pot.
And added it to the Instant Pot.
I poured in my milk and minced garlic. You could also have used heavy cream or half and half for a thicker, creamier mixture.
I poured in my milk and minced garlic. You could also have used heavy cream or half and half for a thicker, creamier mixture.
And finally I added salt. I closed the lid and cooked it for ten minutes. Your potatoes and cauliflower could also have been boiled in a pot, drained and the rest of the ingredients added.
And finally I added salt. I closed the lid and cooked it for ten minutes. Your potatoes and cauliflower could also have been boiled in a pot, drained and the rest of the ingredients added.
Once finished, I let cool naturally for 10 minutes and then did the Quick Release. I then added lots of butter.
Once finished, I let cool naturally for 10 minutes and then did the Quick Release. I then added lots of butter.
And I used my hand mixer to blend it all up.
And I used my hand mixer to blend it all up.
Yummy!
Yummy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 103
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Carbohydrates 14 g5%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 8 g16%
Cholesterol 7 mg2%
Sodium 140 mg6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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I made this dish with my Homemade Crockpot Pot Roast recipe that I cooked on low all day long. It made its own gravy that I poured on top on my potatoes and cauliflower. My family still doesn't know that I snuck cauliflower into their potatoes. Pot roast with mashed potatoes is my husband's favorite dish, and he was going out of town all week. I wanted to make him something special before he left.

We leave our potato skins on, though we wash them really well, because the skins contain a great deal of nutrients on their own, just like carrot skins. Most people peel them off and then miss all of the wonderful nutrients they contain. To each his own, I guess. We don't really notice them in the mixture once they are all blended up, just like my family didn't notice the cauliflower.

I also made this dish in my Instant Pot. Just about everything cooks in there for 20-30 minutes. It's so handy for cooking just about everything quickly, and it takes very little effort from me. I love it! You can find your own here for a great price. But no worries. Even if you don't have an Instant Pot, this dish is super easy to make. Just boil the potatoes and cauliflower in a pot together until soft, drain, add all other ingredients, and blend.

The only thing that could have made this meal better would have been some homemade whole wheat rolls. I just ran out of time.

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      • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Van Ness 

        4 months ago from Fountain, CO

        I'm sure it will be delicious. Just know that chicken broth will make your dish transparent, but still yummy. And I highly recommend using coconut oil instead of olive oil, as olive oil goes rancid at high cooking temperatures. You could always mix the olive oil in afterwards. :)

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        RTalloni 

        5 months ago from the short journey

        Thanks–dinner done! :) Leaving me time for the project I'm moving to next... :) :) :) I'll be substituting chicken broth for milk and olive oil for butter.

      • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Van Ness 

        5 months ago from Fountain, CO

        You're going to be pleasantly surprised at how delicious these turned out. Yummy!

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        5 months ago from Sunny Florida

        This recipe is perfect. We love califlower, and I like the idea of combining with the potatoes. I am going to try it! Thanks.

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        Louise Powles 

        5 months ago from Norfolk, England

        It looks delicious. I've never tried this before, but I will certainly make a note of this recipe. Thankyou.

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