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Keto Cheesy Cauliflower Mash

Cauliflower is a delicious alternative to potatoes. This keto cheesy cauliflower mash is the perfect cheesy side dish for any number of meals!


Keto Cheesy Cauliflower Mash
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WHAT IS KETO CHEESY CAULIFLOWER MASH?

Cheesy cauliflower mash is one of the easiest, most delicious side dishes you can make. It is creamy and chock full of hearty and yummy cheesy goodness.

By the time you’re done, you’ll have a dish very close to cheesy mashed potatoes, but without all of the carbs.

It is the perfect side dish for any number of main course recipes and will hopefully find its way into your “make all the time” category.

CHEESY CAULIFLOWER MASH INGREDIENTS

In order to make this delicious keto cheesy cauliflower mash, you’ll need to make sure you have the following ingredients on hand.

After you have these ready to go, you can get to work!

HOW TO MAKE KETO CHEESY CAULIFLOWER MASH

Making this cheesy cauliflower mash is super easy!

Begin by cutting cauliflower florets from head of cauliflower. Discard the cauliflower core and at other unneeded parts.

Steam cauliflower until soft and tender. To do this, you can either use a steaming basket on the stove or in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave.

If using the microwave method, place 1/4 cup of water in the bowl along with the cauliflower florets. Cover with a dish towel or paper towel and microwave in four minute increments until soft.

Place the steamed cauliflower and the rest of the ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth and creamy.

If for some reason you have a watery mixture when processed, read on below for how to take care of this issue.

Remove, serve, and enjoy!

Keto Cheesy Cauliflower Mash

HELP! MY CAULIFLOWER MASH IS WATERY!

Oh no! Anytime you make a recipe that ends up watery (or too dry, depending) it can really be a downer for any chef, amateur or not.

Should you end up with cheesy cauliflower mash that is watery, there are a few things you can do to fix the situation. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

UNDERSTANDING WHY IT IS WATERY

Depending on the recipe, there are several reasons why your mixture might end up with a bit too much water.

For this recipe, generally the source of extra water is from the steaming process. When you’re adding your cauliflower to the food processor, make sure to not let any extra water slip in.

Cauliflower isn’t necessarily a high-moisture food, so most of the water content that is found in the steaming process is water used for steaming itself.

Making sure to use a slotted spoon, colander, or paper towels to separate the cauliflower from water can help make sure watery cauliflower mash isn’t a problem in the first place.

ADDING MORE CREAM CHEESE

The first thing to try is simply adding more cream cheese. The added cream cheese will help to thicken the mash, as well as bind everything together better.

If adding more cream cheese doesn’t do the trick, move on to the next method for water removal.

ADDING SOME HEAT

The surefire way to remove water content from your cauliflower mash is to cook it. Keep in mind, you aren’t aiming to cook the mash for a long time, just long enough to steam off the extra water.

After you have mixed your mash in the food processor, pour it into a saucepan or pot over medium heat.

Heat the cauliflower mash, stirring regularly, until a light steam starts. Cook in this same way until the extra water content has evaporated.After the water has evaporated, remove the mash from the heat and serve!

As a note, make sure not to cook the mash on too high of a heat, because you run the risk of burning it. Low and slow is the best philosophy to use here!

CAN I USE MILK INSTEAD OF HEAVY CREAM?

Unfortunately, no. Even though cream and milk are both dairy products, they are very different in their nutritional content.

Milk is lower in fat and higher in carbohydrates than heavy cream. For instance, a cup of skim milk has 12g of carbohydrates and .2g of fat. Heavy cream, on the other hand, has 7g of carbs and 88g of fat for the same amount.

While milk seems like a simple and easy solution, it definitely doesn’t fit into the keto/low-carb way of eating.

Keto Cheesy Cauliflower Mash

CAN I MAKE THIS WITHOUT A FOOD PROCESSOR?

It is possible to make this dish without a food processor, but it does make everything more difficult.

If you don’t have a food processor and want to make this recipe, you’re going to follow all of the directions up to the part where you would process the dish.

At this point, you’re going to need to use whatever method you’d like to mash the cauliflower. Go ahead and add all of the ingredients to the steamed florets so mashing doubles as mixing as well.

You’ll need to mash the cauliflower as much as possible, making sure to mix the ingredients as you go. If not, the cauliflower will cool as you mix and the cheese won’t incorporate well.

Do know if you use this method, the mash will be chunky and not as smooth as it would be if you used a food processor.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO MAKE THIS DISH DAIRY-FREE?

Unfortunately, the dairy ingredients used in this dish are basically required to make it taste the way it needs to. And, dairy-free cheese products are generally full of extra ingredients and carbohydrates.

If you need this dish to be keto and dairy-free, there may be some options, but I am unaware of them at the time of this writing.

WHAT ABOUT CHANGING UP THE CHEESES?

Absolutely! If you make this and decided you’d rather use different cheeses to match your individual tastes, feel free.

Some really delicious cheese options for this dish would be:

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Parmesan cheese (shredded, not grated like the kind in the shake bottle)
  • Feta cheese (this really has a unique, tasty flavor!)
  • Pepper jack cheese (especially a good idea for those who love their meals to have a little “kick”)
  • Smoked gouda cheese (truly a must try!)

There are plenty of other delicious options in your local grocery. Check out their artisan cheese section for a wider assortment of delicious ideas.

Trying different cheeses is fine, but if you decide to go this route, do leave the cream cheese in the dish. It is what helps make the mash creamy and helps to bind all of the ingredients together better.

Keto Cheesy Cauliflower Mash

WHAT SHOULD I EAT THIS CHEESY CAULIFLOWER MASH WITH?

Anything with cheese is definitely a delicious dish. Even though this might sound like a “light” side dish, it is certainly bold and yummy!

Here are a few of our favorite main course recipes you might like as well.

For more ideas, you can check out our recipe index, or check out all of our main course recipes.

TOOLS TO MAKE CHEESY CAULIFLOWER MASH

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  • Food Processor – For this recipe, a food processor can make your work so much easier. Furthermore, a food processor is an integral component to any any kitchen. It can turn any number of kitchen tasks into easy work. If you don’t have one in your kitchen yet, the time is now!
Keto Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower

Keto Cheesy Cauliflower Mash

Keto Cheesy Cauliflower Mash

Yield: 3 servings
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Cauliflower is a delicious alternative to potatoes. This keto cheesy cauliflower mash is the perfect cheesy side dish for any number of meals!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut cauliflower florets from head of cauliflower
  2. Steam cauliflower until soft and tender
  3. Place steamed cauliflower and the rest of the ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth and creamy
  4. Remove, serve, and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 3 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 366 Total Fat 29g Carbohydrates 3g Protein 16g
Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from an online food databse. All carbohydrate counts are calculated as net carbs instead of total. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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