Fauxtatoes/grits- mashed cauliflower

Fauxtatoes/grits- mashed cauliflower

2 reviews, 5 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 25 minutes

As creamy as the real thing, cauliflower provides a yummy stand-in for mashed potatoes, and even grits!


1 head cauliflower; (or two small heads)
4 tablespoons Butter
4 oz cream cheese; (can substitute Neufchatel cheese)
0.5 cup light cream or half-and-half
1 salt and pepper; to taste
Cheese; garlic is optional

Original recipe makes 6



Steam or boil cauliflower until very soft (steaming retains more nutrients), about 10 minutes. Once soft, mash cauliflower with a potato masher or ricer, just like with mashed potatoes. Stir in butter, cream cheese, and cream; continue stirring over low heat, adding salt and pepper to taste. Add other mix-ins as you would with mashed potatoes. Leave consistency rough for grits, or whip/blend for a finer mashed consistency.

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Faux grits. I can continue whipping and stirring for a finer consistency, for fauxtatoes.

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Great recipe and easy to modify to taste. Used low fat cream cheese and a couple splashes of chicken stock and it came out perfect. I even got my picky 5 year old to try it and declare she liked it! My hubby thought he was eating mashed potatoes. I like this so much, I'm not sure I'll ever go back to potatoes.
YvetteinDecatur 4y ago

This is a highly malleable recipe. Use the cauliflower just as you would mashed potatoes, but the secret is the cream cheese, which makes it creamy. [I posted this recipe.]
rubicat 6y ago

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