Healthy cauliflower and potato mash with garlic, an amazing side dish for any kind of meat or fish, creamy, comforting, and delicious!
Easy and healthy cauliflower and potato mash 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.
I have changed the original recipe a bit, and 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.
How to serve?
- You can serve the mashed cauliflower with just about anything, from meat and poultry to fish or vegetarian main dishes.
- We often serve it with balsamic beef roast, sausages, fish with tomato sauce, and meatballs.
- 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!
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
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Cauliflower and Potato Mash
- 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.