Mock Mashed Garlic Potatoes


  • 1 medium head cauliflower

  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan

  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1/8 teaspoon straight chicken base or bullion (may substitute ½ teaspoon salt)

  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh or dry chives, for garnish

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter


  • Set a stockpot of water to boil over high heat

  • Clean and cut cauliflower into small piece. Cook in boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done. Drain well; do not let cool and pat cooked cauliflower very dry between several layers of paper towels.

  • In a bowl with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower with the cream cheese, Parmesan, garlic, chicken base, and pepper until almost smooth.

  • Garnish with chives, and serve hot with pats of butter.

Hint: Try roasting the garlic and addling a little fresh rosemary for a whole new taste