Garlic & Bacon Mashed Cauliflower

A low carb (and delicious) alternative to mashed potatoes — garlic & bacon mashed cauliflower. So much flavor, creamy, and the perfect side dish!

A low carb alternative to mashed potatoes -- garlic & bacon mashed cauliflower!

For over a year now, I’ve seen recipes for mashed cauliflower floating around Pinterest. I’ve even had a few friends say how much they loved it. Despite that, I never had any desire to make it, because it just didn’t seem like it would taste very good!

Well, curiosity got the best of me, and I finally made some the other day. It took roughly the same amount of work that it takes to make regular mashed potatoes, and it turned out really well. It obviously doesn’t have the same texture as mashed potatoes, but it had a great, creamy texture, along with a lot of flavor. I will definitely be making this as a lower carb, healthier option from now on.

A low carb alternative to mashed potatoes -- garlic & bacon mashed cauliflower!

I think my mom put it best when she said that if you knew it wasn’t going to be mashed potatoes, it was pretty good. Some people thought it was going to be mashed potatoes and were a little surprised, but in the end, most everyone loved it. My brother said it was the best way he’s eaten cauliflower! I think the garlic and bacon was essential to this mashed cauliflower’s success. It was delicious! The holidays will be here before we know it, so this is definitely a great side dish to consider making!

Also, I wrote this instructions assuming you don’t have a steamer (because I don’t!) The important thing is, make sure your cauliflower is soft!

A low carb alternative to mashed potatoes -- garlic & bacon mashed cauliflower!

Garlic & Bacon Mashed Cauliflower
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
  1. Remove the florets from the cauliflower and place in a bowl. Set aside
  2. Place 2 cups of water into a pot or sauce pan large enough to hold your cauliflower.
  3. Bring to a boil. When the water starts to boil, place the cauliflower florets, 1 teaspoon garlic, and salt into the pot. Cover and let cook until the cauliflower is very soft (about 10 minutes or so).
  4. After it is cooked, drain cauliflower.
  5. Put the cauliflower, remaining garlic, butter, milk, and pepper into a food processor.
  6. Process until smooth.
  7. Add crumbled bacon and stir.
  8. Enjoy!


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Katie Clark is a Colorado-native, a journalism graduate from Brigham Young University, and most importantly, a mother to the cutest little boy and wife to the most handsome man. She is a woman of many (random) talents, which include writing, cooking, sewing, technology, social media, and being a self-proclaimed Google expert. She loves spending time with her family, learning about parenting and pregnancy, and just enjoying life to the fullest.

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  1. says

    You know, my dad told me his dad used to hide cauliflower in the mashed potatoes to get more veggies in. They never were able to do it successfully! Kids always know. This looks yum, especially with the bacon!

  2. Kayla says

    There are only 3 instructions. Are there more? I want to make these but I don’t believe there are sufficient instructions.

    • Katie says

      So strange, I don’t know what happened to the last half of the instructions. Thank you for calling that to my attention! I just updated it with adequate instructions so you should be able to make it :)

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