Cauliflower Mash

Source: Micki Seibel, August 2014

Source: Micki Seibel, August 2014

This side dish makes an excellent substitute for potatoes. It looks like mashed potatoes, and unsuspecting dinner guests have sometimes wondered how my mashed potatoes were so unique.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 4


  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt and white pepper, to taste


  1. Roast the cauliflower for 40 minutes on 400F degrees to soften.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. When the oil is hot, add the jalapeño and saute for 5 minutes.
  4. In a food processor, puree the cauliflower.
  5. Add the oil/jalapeño mixture and blend. The resulting texture is the same as creamy mashed potatoes.

How Not to Screw It Up

  1. You may have to stop the food processor and rotate the cauliflower pieces around and start the food processor again. I usually have to repeat this process several times until the cauliflower is completely mashed.