Garlic + Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower

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Thanksgiving can be tricky.

You want to make all the classic dishes, but also some modern ones.

You need appetizers to eat before the meal, and when all is said and done, you'd better have dessert!

Planning your menu can be truly overwhelming.

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And so, I love this challenge!

There is nothing more valuable than a Thanksgiving Day side dish that’s actually done in twenty minutes!

And this Garlic + Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower is one side that can be made ahead and reheated on the stove topnot in the oven (where the turkey has taken up residence with no plans of leaving anytime soon!).

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I’ll be honest and tell you that I've retested this recipe a couple of times (practice makes perfect!).

Through my trials, I've found that parmesan adds great flavor and cream cheese gives you the texture of mashed potatoes.

Also, simple things like garlic and chives are vital to amp up the flavor of a pretty flavorless veggie.

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In the end you have a creamy, garlicky mashdone in only twenty minutes and only using five ingredients!

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This year, I’m thinking of simplifying my Thanksgiving sides menuusing just this recipe along with the ones shared by Becca, Damaris, and Terra.

Because it’s really more about family and friends (and wine, of course!).

Not stressing about side dishes that take hours to make. 

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Garlic + Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower

servings: 3 Cups


  • 1 medium head cauliflower (2 pounds), broken or cut into bite-size florets
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives


  1. Add the cauliflower and garlic to a large pot and fill it with just enough water so that the vegetables are covered. Simmer until the veggies are tender—about 10 minutes, then drain.
  2. Next, place the cauliflower and garlic mixture in the bowl of a food processor. Add the cream cheese, parmesan, salt, and pepper, and pulse until the mixture is smooth, but with some small lumps. When you are finished, it should look similar to mashed potatoes.
  3. Add the chives to the mixture in food processor and pulse only a few times—just to combine. Then remove the cauliflower mash from the food processor, place in your favorite serving dish, and enjoy!
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