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5 Ingredient Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Don’t let potatoes have all the fun! Try my Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower recipe!

Don't let potatoes have all the fun! Try my 5 ingredient Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower recipe! / Running in a Skirt

Happy Thursday friends!

How are we closing in on November already?  In all of the fall pumpkin madness, I think I neglected to mention that I’m hosting Thanksgiving again this year.  I am thrilled!  (Check out Thanksgiving at my house in 2013 and 2014)  The Thankful tree will be making an appearance again!

It’s a lot of work, but I enjoy doing it and it is really starting to feel like a family tradition.  I even have some family favorites now like my Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower recipe.

Don't let potatoes have all the fun! Try my Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower recipe! / Running in a Skirt

Here’s why you should try my Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower recipe…

Anyone else hosting this year?  Last year I wrote this post on How to Host Thanksgiving.  Whether it is your first or tenth time… there are some great planning ideas in it.

I know we’re not quite even to Halloween yet, but I’m going to start sharing some dishes that are perfect for Thanksgiving in the coming weeks.  One of my biggest tips is to start planning early and honestly, I’ve already started the process.

Don't let potatoes have all the fun! Try my 5 ingredient Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower recipe! / Running in a Skirt

So… you might be wondering about this delicious parmesan topped, baked garlic mashed cauliflower?  This Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower recipe is so easy and tastes incredible.  It could not be easier to make with only 5 ingredients!

Cauliflower is a great carb-free swap from standard mashed potatoes or just a great way to get in more veggie goodness.  I love carbs and eat them daily BUT I also love to mix it up in the kitchen so I still love to eat these.

Whether this Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower recipe shows up on your everyday dinner table or your Thanksgiving table, I know you will love them.  I think the best part about this dish is you make the mash THEN pop it under the broiler to get a nice and browned crust.  The extra step makes ALL the difference.

Don't let potatoes have all the fun! Try my Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower recipe! / Running in a Skirt

Consider this suggestion for a Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower recipe my number one for the big day!  I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does.


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Want traditional mashed potatoes?  Try my Crock Pot Loaded Mashed Potatoes! I make these every year for our Thanksgiving!

Crock Pot Loaded Mashed Potatoes! Easy and perfect for a Thanksgiving crowd! / Running in a Skirt


Don't let potatoes have all the fun! Try my Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower recipe! / Running in a Skirt

Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower recipe

Don't let potatoes have all the fun! Try my Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower recipe!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 101 kcal


  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut in florets
  • 2 cloves garlic, not minced
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Steam the cauliflower and garlic for 10-12 minutes until fork tender.
  • Put the steamed cauliflower, garlic, milk, Greek yogurt, half the Parmesan, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Put the mixture in an oven friendly casserole dish and top with the remainder of the cheese.
  • Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until the top browns.


Most of the cooking time is hands off oven time.


Calories: 101kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 9gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 546mgPotassium: 486mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 129IUVitamin C: 70mgCalcium: 217mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Mashed Cauliflower, Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower REcipe
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Your turn!

Have you ever hosted Thanksgiving?

Potatoes or cauliflower?

By | 2020-06-19T13:23:57-04:00 October 22nd, 2015|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Side Dishes|55 Comments


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    I’m definitely going to tr this I’ve been vegetarian all my life im 69 now so a long time its nice to try something different and I love cauliflower thanks

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  9. Jennifer @SimplePureWhole Wellness December 7, 2016 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    I love cauliflower and can’t wait to try this flavor combination. Planning on trying this soon! Thank you!

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  12. Michelle at A Dish of Daily Life November 4, 2015 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    What an awesome side dish! We’re going to be trying this one very soon! Sharing on my Facebook page tomorrow!

  13. Miz Helen November 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    We really enjoyed featuring your awesome recipe this week on Full Plate Thursday, it is great! Hope you are having a great day and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. Alex October 26, 2015 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    This sounds like a great alternative to mashed potatoes! Will have to try it as I love cauliflower. Pinned! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  15. Pragati // Simple Medicine October 26, 2015 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    I love mashed cauliflower! I wish my husband loved it as much as I do. I also like making it into a creamy “sauce” for zoodles – so good!

  16. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes October 26, 2015 at 10:19 am - Reply

    This looks so good! I haven’t tried cauliflower mashed potatoes but it’s definitely on my list! Pinning for later!

    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      It’s a really tasty one! A couple of friends already made it and loved it 🙂

  17. Tina muir October 26, 2015 at 10:09 am - Reply

    YUM! That looks delicious Julie! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Rachel October 26, 2015 at 8:40 am - Reply

    This made me drool. Thank you. 🙂 🙂

  19. Miz Helen October 24, 2015 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    What a great side dish for the holiday season, it looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  20. Farrah October 24, 2015 at 12:37 am - Reply

    I adore mashed cauliflower, and this take on it sounds so flavorful and awesome! <3

  21. Annmarie October 23, 2015 at 10:23 am - Reply

    YUMMY! Love mashed cauliflower!!! It’s such a nice alternative to potatoes!

  22. Jess @hellotofit October 23, 2015 at 9:46 am - Reply

    I’ve made mashed cauli once or twice, and it tastes pretty darn close to the real thing! Potatoes obviously have a starchier consistency. Looks good!

  23. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine October 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Ive never tried mashed cauliflower! I have heard its good…but I will always love mashed potatoes!:)

    • JulieWunder October 24, 2015 at 10:30 am - Reply

      It’s a fun twist on the real deal! I’m def not giving up potatoes, but this is a nice switch up!

  24. Runaway Bridal Planner October 22, 2015 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    I would have never thought about doing this with cauliflower, seriously it looks awesome and delicious!

  25. Rachel @ RachelMcMichael.com October 22, 2015 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Yum! I’ve been wanting to incorporate more cauliflower recipes! This one looks fantastic!!

  26. [email protected] October 22, 2015 at 11:07 am - Reply

    This sounds very yummy. But I don’t like that you say it’s alot of work. I guess it’d be worth it though.

    • JulieWunder October 24, 2015 at 10:23 am - Reply

      It’s not a ton of work…. I just make most recipes REALLY easy, so it’s not that 🙂 Steam, blend and bake!

  27. Sam @ PancakeWarriors October 22, 2015 at 10:21 am - Reply

    I’ve been all about some cauliflower rice… and now I have to try this mashed cauliflower recipe – looks amazing!!

    • JulieWunder October 24, 2015 at 10:22 am - Reply

      I need to try cauliflower rice! Hope you have a great weekend– it’s sooo pretty!

  28. [email protected] October 22, 2015 at 9:23 am - Reply

    We are hosting Thanksgiving this year and have for the past several years. It can be so stressful! I will definitely be checking out your tips! I have never tried mashed cauliflower! I will be giving this a try!

    • JulieWunder October 24, 2015 at 10:22 am - Reply

      I’ve got it down to a science! My type A comes in handy… sometimes 🙂 Other times it’s super annoying 🙂

  29. ooh yum! I never thought of baking them to brown the top!

  30. Susie @ SuzLyfe October 22, 2015 at 8:09 am - Reply

    YES. This looks amazing. I am hosting our little Thanksgiving get together this year again, and I am so excited. I know we both love to host that crazy holiday, regardless of the work that goes into it! I always make my Enchiladas, but we have yet to see what sides I’m going to go with this year!

    • JulieWunder October 24, 2015 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Those enchiladas look amazing! Maybe you should try this too… Just sayin…
      Or my vegetarian stuffing(cheese free) 🙂 Yum… yum!

  31. Jess October 22, 2015 at 7:50 am - Reply

    These sound yummy! I’ve made loaded baked potato soup with cauliflower and loved it. So I’m going to have to try this. I’m usually a disaster in the kitchen so I don’t host! Lol

    • JulieWunder October 24, 2015 at 10:15 am - Reply

      That’s a great idea! I bet it’s yummy! I’m sure you will enjoy this!

  32. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking October 22, 2015 at 6:41 am - Reply

    This looks amazing Julie. I need to put on my must make list. ?

  33. Blane Sherer October 22, 2015 at 6:17 am - Reply

    I agree that you are making a wunderful family tradition for Thanksgiving.
    I think you and your family will grow in appreciation for that over the years.

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