Cruciferous vegetables are in the spotlight, and that’s a wonderful thing for the humble cauliflower. The poor potato has been shunned by low-carb, keto, and paleo diets, among others. The quest for an alternative to the wonderfully adaptable potato has uncovered that the cauliflower is also plenty adaptable and tasty. Roasted, mashed, riced (or covered in cheese), the cauliflower tastes great in so many applications, and it’s loaded with healthy benefits!
I love roasted cauliflower; it’s my favorite way to prepare it. Check out Curry Roasted Cauliflower if you’re hankering for some roasted cauliflower. But riced cauliflower, as in Moroccan Cod with Cauliflower Couscous and Vegetable Medley, is also mighty tasty and easy to prepare. Then there’s Instant Pot Cauliflower Mash, which is revolutionary for anyone watching carbs but craving a good mash for a roast dinner. My family does not follow any of the above diets, and we love mashed potatoes, but I will happily feed them alternatives on my quest to give them a healthy, well-balanced diet.
We ate Instant Pot Cauliflower Mash alongside Sheet Pan Balsamic Steak and Vegetables. I didn’t tell my family that the mash was made with cauliflower, and though the smell gave it away, the mash was well received and liked by all. I made the mash in the Instant Pot, and it’s so easy! The bonus with using an Instant Pot is that you can throw the cauliflower in whole, no need to break it into florets. Yup, you read that correctly: super fast prep, no cauliflower crumbs, magic! I slightly undercook the cauliflower and then cut it into quarters. This way I can cook it for a bit in heavy cream, butter, and a bay leaf infusing it with flavor, baby. The bay leaf quickly flavors the mixture, and I like to keep it subtle, so I remove the bay leaf after a couple of minutes.
Don’t have a pressure cooker? No problem. You can easily make the mash in a pot on the stove. Cut the cauliflower into florets and cook in a mixture of heavy cream and broth in a pot. Drain, reserving the cream/broth mixture, and puree, adding the reserved liquid and some butter until the mash reaches your desired consistency. Cooking the mash on the stove will add a bit more prep and cook time but you’ll end up with the same decadent result.
Instant Pot Cauliflower Mash is incredibly quick and easy, and it’s a great alternative to mashed potatoes. Simple, decadent, cruciferously good.
Update: Leftovers freeze well. I thawed my leftovers and made Cauliflower Mash Gratin, and it was delicious! Directions below.