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Cheesy Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes Recipe

by Jeanette on May 8, 2014 · 22 Comments
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If you’re looking for some comfort food, these Cheesy Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes dish will fit the bill.

Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes - this lower carb, lower fat version of mashed potatoes tastes so decadent, no one will know it's lighter and healthier

Growing up in a home where my parents prepared Chinese food almost every night, mashed potatoes weren’t part of our dinner repertoire. My memory of mashed potatoes were the instant mashed potatoes my mom used to make her famous curry puffs (which by the way are absolutely delicious).

Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes - this lower carb, lower fat version of mashed potatoes tastes so decadent, no one will know it's lighter and healthier

It wasn’t until I started cooking Thanksgiving dinner for my own family that I learned how to make mashed potatoes. I couldn’t believe how easy they were to make and how good they tasted. Over the past several years, I’ve incorporated steamed cauliflower and substituted chicken broth, low-fat buttermilk and low-fat milk in place of cream to make my mashed potatoes a bit lighter and healthier.

A few weeks ago, I shared a recipe for Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Truffle Oil, and today, I’m sharing a more decadent version ~ Cheesy Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes.

I tucked a few pieces of sharp cheddar cheese into the mashed cauliflower potatoes and also sprinkled some cheese on top. It’s a treat worthy of serving for a special occasion or if you just feel like making something a little special for your family.

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Cheesy Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower Potato Recipe
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Aim for 1 cup of vegetables per serving, so about 6 cups of cauliflower and potatoes combined. Adjust the amount of broth or milk you use to meet your desired consistency.
Serves: 5-6
  • ½ head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, cut up
  • ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ⅛ cup low-fat milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup rBST-free extra sharp cheddar cheese, broken into chunks
  • fresh minced chives, for grarnish
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Steam cauliflower until tender, about 10 minutes. Boil potatoes until just cooked through, about 15-20 minutes, depending on the size. Drain vegetables well and transfer to mixing bowl. Add chicken broth and milk and beat until smooth (cauliflower will be a little chunky so if you want a completely smooth texture, place cauliflower only in food processor and process until smooth - do not put potatoes in the food processor or they will turn gluey). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to baking dish and place cheese chunks on top of mashed cauliflower and potatoes, inserting a few pieces into the casserole dish.
  2. Bake until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.
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  1. Hi Jeanette,
    I absolutely love cauliflower mash and so does my husband, even more than mashed potatoes. They must taste pretty good with the cheese topping. I’ll try this for my son who is is developing a taste for cauliflower mash.

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Mireya – I hope your son tries cauliflower mash – I started mixing mashed cauliflower and potatoes to get my kids to eat more cauliflower – it’s a great trick ;).

  2. Absolutely mouthwatering! I made a cauliflower puree last week, but now I wish I had known about your variation… oh, well… there’s always next time!


    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks Sally – I usually just mash cauliflower and potatoes but this time decided to go a little more decadent with some melted cheese ;).

  3. Looks incredible! I could live on potatoes, cauliflower and cheese :)

  4. That melted cheddar atop looks amazing!

  5. Oh my goodness, Jeanette! These potatoes look so perfect – cheesy and delicious, soft and fluffy, with some extra nutrition thrown in. Love ’em!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks Georgia – these cheesy mashed potatoes are definitely a sneaky way to get some cauliflower in 😉

  6. I love this! Potatoes always leave me feeling…. heavy. I’ve been on a cauliflower kick lately and have enough in my fridge to make these.

  7. Love how creamy and fluffy the potatoes look and the melted cheese sounds wonderful :)

  8. For those of us who don’t really love cauliflower, this is a great way to get some on the table.

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Lydia – I mix cauliflower and potatoes together and my kids have never known the difference. Hope you give it a try.

  9. I rarely make mashed potatoes either, but with cauliflower to cut some of the carbs and cheese to be delicious…I see a lot of this in my future.

  10. Jeanette, your mashed cauliflower and potatoes looks like a bowl of creamy heaven! Just need a big spoon…..

  11. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan says:

    Love this combo of cauliflower and mashed potatoes – yum! Nutritious and deeelicious!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks Shashi – I love mixing cauliflower and potatoes – great way to get my kids to eat cauliflower :)

  12. Kristine says:

    Thanks Jeanette, this recipe looks absolutely delicious, I’m definitely going to prepare this with my next meat dish, I think the kids and hubby (and me..) will love it!

  13. Oops. I do the same thing for my kids/family. My kids will feel the same when they grow up “I grew up eating mostly Japanese food at home and my mom never made mashed potatoes….” xD It’s not too late to make and this sounds really delicious!! I cook what I know (what I ate growing up) but it’s good to change once in a while. :)

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