Sour Cream and Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower


Low Carb Sour Cream And Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower @dreamaboutfoodCreamy mashed cauliflower with tangy sour cream and Cheddar.  A perfect low carb side dish to rival any mashed potato recipe.

After several chocolate-heavy recipes, I thought it was time to bring you some vegetables.  It’s like when you’re a kid and you’ve eaten too much Halloween candy, and suddenly all you want is an apple and some carrots.  You need something to cut the sweetness and clean your mouth out again.  You need an antidote.  And cauliflower makes a pretty great antidote.  Especially when it’s creamy and flavourful, because then you don’t miss the chocolate at all.  Or rather, you don’t feel like you are being punished for having eaten too much chocolate.

Cauliflower has long been one of my favourite vegetables.  I don’t ever remember not liking it, even as a little kid.  But I didn’t appreciate just how versatile it is until came to the low carb lifestyle.  Up to that point, I’d eaten it mostly raw or lightly steamed, perhaps once in a while having it in a gratin or some other more complicated dish.  I knew it could be mashed like potatoes but never got around to trying it myself.  Once I started researching low carb cooking, I was blown away by the creative uses of my white vegetable darling…pizza crust, bread sticks, tater tots, and even hot breakfast cereal.  I confess, I still haven’t even tried most of these, but they are on my (very lengthy and ever-growing) to-do list.

Low Carb Sour Cream And Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower @dreamaboutfood

Mashed cauliflower, however, I’ve now had quite a few times and it’s just as good or possibly better than mashed potatoes.  Since it doesn’t fill you up as much as real spuds do, you can eat far more of it in one sitting.  And it’s up to you how to add the flavour.  This particular combination occurred to me when my husband and I were discussing one of our favourite flavours of chips, which we no longer ever eat.  I started thinking about how to get that same tangy, cheesy flavour in a more healthful package and of course, cauliflower seemed an obvious choice.

This mashed cauli recipe is tremendously good.  So good that I even ate the leftovers for breakfast the next day.  And it’s hearty enough to rival any mashed potato recipe.  My only issue with it is that it’s white and not so easy to dress up for photos.  I may have gotten a better effect if I had used an orange Cheddar cheese.  But I have a penchant for very sharp aged white Cheddar.  I didn’t have any fresh herbs to dress it up either, so that green you see in some of the photos?  That’s a little bit of arugula.  Oh well, I tried.  I hope I have made it look sufficiently tempting.  Tempting enough to get you to take a little break from chocolate, anyway.

Low Carb Sour Cream And Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower @dreamaboutfood

Sour Cream and Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower

Yield: 6 servings

Sour Cream and Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower


  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup full fat sour cream
  • 4 oz sharp aged Cheddar cheese, grated, plus a few tablespoons for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place a steam basket into a large saucepan and fill with a few inches of water.
  2. Cut cauliflower into florets and rinse with water. Place in pot along with garlic cloves and steam until tender, about 7 to 10 minutes.
  3. Drain and transfer to the bowl of a food processor, including garlic cloves.
  4. Puree until smooth.
  5. Return to empty pot and stir in sour cream and grated cheese until creamy and smooth.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with cheese for garnish.


Serves 6. Each serving has 9 g of carbs and 3.5 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 5.5 g.

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  1. says

    I can’t believe all of the wonderful things cauliflower can do… who knew? I just shared a recipe yesterday for an alfredo sauce made with cauliflower. I mean seriously… such a great food!

    And a little cheddar doesn’t hurt this mix either :) Great recipe.

  2. says

    This looks soooooo good!
    I wonder if this can work in my Nutribullet….
    Definitely trying when I get to the grocery store for cauliflower!

  3. says

    Consider me tempted to abandon chocolate for cauliflower! Which for me isn’t a stretch either because I love it too! Never tried adding sour cream to my mash, love the idea to get that tangy, creamy flavor into it! Will definitely add some to my next batch – thanks for this!

  4. says

    Wonderful! I didn’t used to like cauliflower when I was younger. The older I get the more I love it. Especially roasted or mashed like this! I was fooled one time and thought they were potatoes, honestly if you don’t know you won’t know the difference!

  5. Sweet t says

    I really do not care for cauliflower. Esp mashed cauliflower masquerading as my beloved mashed potatoes!! That being said; i decided to give it one last try and i made these. They. Were. Awesome. Soooo delicious!!! I didnt have sharp cheddar so i used a mix of jack and fresh parm. I whizzed them up in my vitamix since i dont have a food processor. Worked great!! The only thing is, they ended up coming out much smoother and w out the heft of potatoes, mine wouldn’t stay nice and mounded like yours so not sure what happened but ill just have to try making them again!!

    • Carolyn says

      Hey, that is a great compliment! I thought you were going to tear them apart, when I read the first part of your comment. I think maybe your vitamix got them too creamy? Not sure. You also may have had a little extra moisture in there. Try draining them, then putting them back in the warm pot to let out a little more moisture and draining them again.

      • Jill Graves says

        I’ve used a similar cauliflower purée recipe for years and find that if I use a potato ricer to gently squeeze out the moisture before whizzing in a blender with the cream I end up with a texture really similar to mashed potatoes. BTW Carolyn, I found your blog last month and absolutely love it. Thank you for All your hard work.

  6. Shannon says

    6 servings is a lot, How long can I keep it in the fridge and will it change taste/texture when reheating in the microwave? Anyone has tried?

  7. Common Sense says

    I’ve never liked cauliflower, but am starting to enjoy it as ‘rice’ and now this. For an orange color, just use orange cauliflower, it’s chock full of Vitamin A. The purple would be fun too.

  8. carole says

    I just made mashed cauliflower tonight for the first time. My husband said he didn’t know what it was he was eating, but it was really good. My son said it was like something someone would bring to a potluck, and you didn’t know what it was, but you got some, tasted it, and it was delicious, and when you got up to go get more, it was all gone. Now those were compliments I like to hear. I will definitely try it with a really good extra sharp white cheddar next time.

    • Carolyn says

      Not off the top of my head but you can enter it into my fitness pal or something like that and it should come up easily.

  9. Jen says

    I add 1/2 of a brick of cream cheese to mine and it makes them even smoother. Absolutely love your blog. Thanks for sharing all of your hard work.

  10. Shannon B says

    WOW!! Made these tonight and my family absolutely loved them!! I added just a bit of heavy cream, and a small pat of butter, and they were incredible! Thanks so much for sharing!! Love your blog!

    • Jill graves says

      I made this without a food processor by cooking the cauliflower until really tender, cooling it down and squeezing out the moisture through a tea towel while squishing it with my fingers, then returning it to the pan and adding all the other ingredients,if that helps.


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