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Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower

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This cheesy mashed cauliflower side dish is made in the Instant Pot! An easy and delicious low carb alternative to mashed potatoes.

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower - a low carb side dish recipe made in the Instant Pot!

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Cauliflower mash is a fantastic lower-carb alternative to mashed potato – and the cauliflower lends itself to all kinds of other flavors – like my recipes for Horseradish Cauli Mash and my Mashed Cauliflower with Blue Cheese

However, often the cauliflower is cooked by boiling it – which can make the end result very watery. A great alternative are those prepared bags of florets that steam in the microwave – but although they're convenient, they're not the most economical option.

So for this recipe, I have steamed the whole head of cauliflower in the Instant Pot – it works SO well! After cooking it's very easy to mash by hand – or get someone else to do it for you! I've added cheese to the mash which I think gives it a wonderful flavor.

How to Make Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower 

Place a trivet into the base of the Instant Pot (mine is 6qt), and add some chicken or vegetable broth. Remove the leaves from a whole head of cauliflower (mine weighed about 2 lb after trimming), and place it onto the trivet.

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower - a low carb side dish recipe made in the Instant Pot!

Seal the lid, and select the Steam setting for 15 minutes. When the cooking time has been completed, quick release the pressure, then carefully remove the lid and leave it open for 10 minutes.

Use the trivet handles to remove the cauliflower – it should be super soft but not watery. Place it into a large bowl together with some cream cheese and grated Parmesan. 

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower - a low carb side dish recipe made in the Instant Pot!

Mash everything together until smooth, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Note – for a super smooth cauli mash, you can use a food processor instead. 

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower - a low carb side dish recipe made in the Instant Pot!

Transfer to a serving bowl, and garnish with a little butter and some fresh thyme leaves.

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower - a low carb side dish recipe made in the Instant Pot!

Leftovers reheat really well! Just cook in the microwave until piping hot. This would make a great side dish for a holiday meal!

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower - a low carb side dish recipe made in the Instant Pot!

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower - in the Instant Pot

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower - in the Instant Pot

Yield: Makes approx. 4 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
IP Warm-up and Cooling Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This cheesy mashed cauliflower side dish is made in the Instant Pot! An easy and delicious low carb alternative to mashed potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 whole head cauliflower (approx. 2lb)
  • ½ cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup finely grated Parmesan
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • butter and fresh thyme leaves, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Place a trivet into the base of the Instant Pot, and add the broth. Remove the leaves from the cauliflower, and place it onto the trivet.
  2. Seal the lid, and select the Steam setting for 15 minutes. When the cooking time has been completed, quick release the pressure, then carefully remove the lid and leave it open for 10 minutes.
  3. Use the trivet handles to remove the cauliflower - it should be super soft but not watery. Place it into a large bowl together with the cream cheese and Parmesan. 
  4. Mash everything together until smooth, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Note - for a super smooth cauli mash, you can use a food processor instead. 
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl, and garnish with a little butter and the fresh thyme leaves.

Notes

5.1g net carbs per serving of approximately ⅔ cup.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size Approx. ⅔ cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 140Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 28mgSodium 429mgCarbohydrates 8.6gNet Carbohydrates 5.1gFiber 3.5gSugar 4gProtein 6g

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