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Cauliflower and Potato Mash

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Healthy cauliflower and potato mash with garlic, an amazing side dish for any kind of meat or fish, creamy, comforting, and delicious!

Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes

Easy and healthy cauliflower and potato mash, this is one of my favorite side dishes at the moment. And if you like potatoes mashed with vegetables, you could try this creamy spinach potato mash.

Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes


I have changed the original recipe a bit, added some garlic, and some nutmeg, but the principle is simple. You can either keep to this version or change it easily to suit your own taste.


  • Fresh or frozen cauliflower, both versions were just as good.
  • And in case you have some cauliflower (or even broccoli) stems leftover from cooking another dish where you only used the florets, you can make the mash with those stems.


  • Floury potatoes are always best to use for mash, but if all-purpose potatoes are all you have in the house, use them.


  • What makes this cauliflower and potato mash perfect is the use of sour cream or creme fraiche.
  • The original recipe uses Smetana, a typical Eastern European dairy product.
  • If you cannot get it, sour cream, creme fraiche or full-fat cream cheese are perfect substitutes.
  • I love adding cream cheese to regular potato mash as well, I think I’ve never left it out for the past 5 years or so.

Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes

How to serve?


  • In case you have some leftovers, first of all, they can be easily reheated.
  • Or add some vegetable or chicken broth and make a soup out of it. Totally delicious!

Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes

Although this recipe for cauliflower mash seems to be known all around the world, I found the recipe for this version in another old Romanian cookbook written by Sanda Marin. That is the pseudonym under which Cecilia Simionescu, the daughter of a well-known professor at the beginning of the 20th century published her cookbooks. Her first cookbook was published in 1936 (the year my grandmother was born) and has been republished many many times ever since.

More cauliflower recipes:

Baked Cauliflower Potato Patties

Cauliflower and Potato Curry

Meatball Cauliflower Casserole served with potatoes

Cauliflower in Mustard Sauce served with potatoes

cauliflower and potato mash in a bowl topped with sausage slices and red pickles

Cauliflower and Potato Mash

Healthy cauliflower and potato mash with garlic, a fantastic side dish for any meat or fish, creamy, comforting, and delicious!
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Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Romanian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 181kcal
Author: Adina


  • 1 cauliflower about 800 g/ 28 oz
  • 3 potatoes about 300 g/ 10.6 oz
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream or crème fraiche Note
  • 1 garlic clove
  • some nutmeg
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper


  • Cook: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add some salt, the chopped cauliflower, and potatoes and cook them until soft, about 20-25 minutes. Drain and mash well.
  • Combine: Add the butter, milk, creme fraiche/sour cream, grated garlic clove, freshly grated nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste. You can adjust the milk quantity to your liking. Start with 2 or 3 tablespoons and add more for a thinner consistency. Serve hot.


For a genuine Romanian recipe, use smetana. Otherwise creme fraiche, sour cream or cream cheese are all great.


Serving: 1/4 of the dish | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 373mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g
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Monday 29th of May 2017

How very interesting! I never would have thought that recipes in a cookbook would be "censored". Thanks for sharing that info and this recipe. What a great way to tone down the starchiness and carbs of mashed potatoes.

Angie@Angie's Recipes

Sunday 28th of May 2017

Very delicious! The mashed cauliflower is one of my favourites too.


Sunday 28th of May 2017

I know and remeber everything you wrote about history. These time was not so long time ago and I realy hope that never come back. And I hope you will publish and modernize these old recipes. Because as you said. Time was terrible but food was poor but fair and real.