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Purple Cauliflower Mash Recipe

I am a food enthusiast and am always trying new recipes. I love to garden, get crafty, and read a good book!

This purple cauliflower mash makes an easy and delicious meal.

This purple cauliflower mash makes an easy and delicious meal.

How to Make Cauliflower Mash: Easy and Delish Side Dish

Making cauliflower mash, as we call it at our house, is super simple and requires few ingredients, which makes it a staple for our family. I like that it can be made ahead of time, so it's one less thing to prepare at dinner time. The best thing is that most kids will think it's just mashed potatoes when it's actually cauliflower! The consistency and taste are similar enough to fool even the savviest mashed-potato connoisseur.

Having several color options, you can switch it up and use white cauliflower one week and purple cauliflower the next week. It seems to me that the flavor doesn't vary all that much between the different colors—but for presentation, the purple sure is pretty!

Once made, this dish will last up to three days in the fridge, but it's best when it's freshly made. To reheat, simply warm in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute and stir. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!

Cauliflower florets, ready to be steamed!

Cauliflower florets, ready to be steamed!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

20 min

25 min

4 servings


  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion, powder
  • 1/2 cup milk


  1. Cut cauliflower into small florets and place into the steamer. Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of the steamer and turn it on.
  2. Steam cauliflower for about 15 minutes until it is fork-tender.
  3. Remove cauliflower from the steamer and put it into a blender or food processor with butter, salt, pepper, milk, and onion powder.
  4. Blend until the consistency is smooth with no lumps. Add another splash of milk if the cauliflower mash is not creamy enough. Taste and add salt and/or pepper to taste.
  5. Enjoy!

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