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Garlic Smashed Cauliflower

October 7, 2021Teresa

Gluten Free Living – 2021

Garlic Smashed Cauliflower is wonderful. I modeled this side dish after my Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. I roasted up a whole bulb of garlic which made the dish savory and delightful. The recipe also includes cream cheese to make the dish creamy and cheesy. So, so good.

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I actually made Garlic Smashed Cauliflower twice. The first time was after Dallas’s big freeze this past Valentine’s Day. We stayed with my son and his wife for five weeks while we were looking for a house. I volunteered to make meals a few times a week, and this recipe was included in one of those meals. My son and daughter-in-law really enjoyed cauliflower served this way. Unfortunately, it got really dark early in the day so I didn’t have a chance to get many pictures.

I made it again a month or so after we moved in to our new home north of Dallas. I served it with our favorite meatloaf and potato recipes. Because we had leftovers, I sent part of it to some friends south of the Metroplex when I was taking them a meal. They loved it too. It’s not super low in calories, but this Keto recipe does not have the high calorie count from using potatoes.

If your family enjoys cauliflower, this is a terrific way to eat it. I’d be surprised if even your picky eaters don’t enjoy cauliflower made this way. Don’t worry about using a whole bulb of garlic. When you roast it first, it turns out much milder than raw garlic. The cauliflower and garlic just seem to melt in your mouth. Yum. Give me another serving!

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Garlic Smashed Cauliflower is delightful.

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The roasted garlic and cream cheese make this side dish savory as well as creamy and delicious.

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If you enjoy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, you’ll love this version made with cauliflower.

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Garlic Smashed Cauliflower is the perfect side dish for company and holiday meals like Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter.

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients, but I used two heads of cauliflower. You need either two large heads or three small heads of cauliflower for this recipe.

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Cut off the top of the bulb of garlic. If desired you can add about an 1/8 of a teaspoon of olive oil and drizzle it over the top.

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Place garlic bulb on a cookie sheet or in a small baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool a few minutes before removing the garlic from the skins. Set aside.

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Meanwhile, cut the cauliflower off the stock into florets and put in a large sauce pan or Dutch oven. Fill with water. Cover with lid and bring cauliflower to a boil.

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Boil cauliflower until tender, about 10-12 minutes. Drain cauliflower in colander.

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Put drained cauliflower back into Dutch oven and mash with a potato masher really well.

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Add butter and cream cheese and mash into cauliflower.

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Sprinkle with seasonings.

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Add roasted garlic.

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Stir to combine and transfer ingredients to a baking dish. If you’re not serving immediately you can heat the cauliflower up in the oven for about 10-15 minutes to reheat if necessary. (If it’s refrigerated it will take longer).

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Garlic Smashed Cauliflower is a great dish to serve company especially if you have those with gluten intolerance. They can enjoy a great tasting dish but without gluten!

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We enjoyed this with BBQ Meatloaf and Seasoned Oven Fries.

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This is a great dish to get your kids eating cauliflower. I bet they like this version.

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You can see some of the roasted garlic in the top picture.

Here’s the recipe.

GARLIC SMASHED CAULIFLOWER

(My own concoction)

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Garlic Smashed Cauliflower is a fantastic Keto side dish. This delicious gluten free vegetable tastes almost like eating Garlic Mashed Potatoes but it's made with cauliflower instead. Roasted garlic makes the dish so savory, while cream cheese makes it rich and creamy. Terrific for company or holiday dinners since you can make it up early and reheat it. After one bite, you'll find this dish so mouthwatering that you'll want seconds!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Cut cauliflower into florets.
  2. Boil cauliflower for 10-12 minutes or until soft.
  3. Drain cauliflower and mash with a potato masher.
  4. Add butter and mash down with potato masher until it has melted.
  5. Add cream cheese and mash down again.
  6. Add half-and-half to desired consistency.
  7. Stir well.
  8. Add salt, pepper and garlic to taste.
  9. If not smooth enough, mix with an electric mixer.
  10. Put in a serving dish and serve.
  11. Sprinkle with fresh, chopped parsley.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: To roast garlic: Cut a slice off the top of the garlic bulb. Place in oven-safe dish. Roast garlic in oven for 30 minutes at 350°. Remove from oven and peel off skins to use garlic in recipe.

NOTE: If you don’t have a whole bulb of garlic to roast, you can use ½ tsp. dried minced garlic.

NOTE: I used ½ tsp. dried parsley the second time I made it.

NOTE: This can be made up in advance and then spooned into a greased 9x9” baking dish. Bake at 350° until heated through about 20-30 minutes. If refrigerated, it may take longer.

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Nutrition Facts
Garlic Smashed Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 329mg 14%
Potassium 873mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 7g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 12%
Vitamin C 217%
Calcium 9%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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I assure you that every mouthful is amazing.

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Garlic Smashed Cauliflower is pretty delicious with any main dish meal, but it was excellent with BBQ Meatloaf and Seasoned Oven Fries.

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This luscious, rich and creamy cauliflower is irresistible.

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Give Garlic Smashed Cauliflower a try the next time you need a great tasting side dish.

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