Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower

Finally—faux mashed potatoes! And a lot healthier! Cauliflower is a rich source of vitamin C as well as fiber and folate (a vitamin important to the body's cells).
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Here, Chef James Brockman has transformed cauliflower into something even kids will love. Even with the cheese topping, the calories in this recipe remain superlow, but for those not watching waistlines, see my tip below for a butter-and-milk option that makes the dish creamier. When shopping for cauliflower, look for a head with bright green leaves and firm, creamy white florets.
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  • Total Time : 15 minutes
  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Servings : Serves 6


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, or to taste


step 1Wash the cauliflower well (dirt can collect in hard-to-reach places). Cut the cauliflower into pieces and place into a steamer basket in a pot over boiling water.
step 2Steam cauliflower until a fork can easily glide into it—about 8 minutes.
step 3Place the cauliflower into a bowl and crush with a potato masher until consistently mashed.
step 4Add the Parmesan cheese, olive oil, oregano, and thyme. Stir to combine.
step 5Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
step 6Serve warm.

written by:
Diane, SC Johnson home care expert
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11/16/2010 , 
Loralei  I.
I make this often, it is delishious... I like to add some breadcrumbs to it & make a meal out of it... yummmmmmmmm

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