Photo by Ray Hydrick

Yes, you read correctly – faux potatoes. I’m not talking about the box of potato powder that only needs water to create a pasty substance, like potato glue. What I am referring to is creating creamed potatoes without using potatoes. I know, I know, sounds crazy right? But it’s true. How did this kitchen miracle come to be? By using that lowly, sometimes condemned to party tray, vegetable – the cauliflower. Cool huh? 

On a low-carb diet? Fauxtatoes! Want to trick the kids into eating something different? Fauxtatoes! Lower calories and better for you. Fauxtatoes! I was doubtful the first time I made them and now, I’m hooked. Sure, you have to add a little butter to add flavor but you would do that with your mashed potatoes anyway. So all things equal (minus butter and half & half), 1 cup of potatoes has 115 calories and 26 carbs, whereas 1 cup of cauliflower has 28 calories and 6 carbs. I don’t claim to be a nutritionist but whowza! that’s a big difference. 

The least amount of ingredients I have ever used.

Fauxtatoes (aka Mashed Cauliflower)
2 small heads of cauliflower
2 cloves garlic, whole
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons half & half
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon cracked pepper 

Cut the cauliflower in half and remove the core.    

Cutting to the core.

Cut the cauliflower in uniform chunks and place in a large sauce pan with two cloves of garlic and salt. 


Add the water and cover the pan with a lid. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium. Stirring occasionally, continue to cook until the cauliflower is soft, approximately 15-20 minutes.

All cooked up

Remove any excess water by straining in a colander. Combine the cauliflower, butter, half & half, and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until smooth. Add salt to taste. (Don’t have a food processor? Do it the old-fashion way and use a potato masher or mixer.)


Impress your friends! Confuse your kids! Make something good for you! How? Fauxtatoes!  Think about it – we are all trying to eat a little better after the holidays.  This is a way to reduce the calories without reducing taste.  At least it’s not a tofu recipe. UGH.


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7 Responses to “Fauxtatoes”

  1. jamie Says:

    Since everyone’s goal is to cut back and diet after the New Year, this sounds like a great way to “trick yourself” into eating something healthly while thinking you aren’t drastically changing your diet. Everyone loves Mashed Potaters – so why not Fauxtatoes?!?! Definitely going to try this.

    • Matthew Says:

      Well, it is my goal now. making and posting all this yummy food is leaving a lasting impression on my gut. You will see more calorie cutting ideas in next few weeks. Thanks for reading.

  2. Julie Says:

    Haha. I’ve heard of this, but never trusted it enough to try it. I just might have to give it a go:)

    • Matthew Says:

      Give it a try. I was skeptical the first time but you will be very surprised how much they really do taste like mashed potatoes.

  3. Leigh Says:

    I made them tonight and LOVED them! My kids were not fooled though, but they did eat them anyway. The food processor did a much better job of getting the right texture than my Kitchen Aid did!

  4. Andrew Says:

    Clever and easy preparation. The same basic idea works to create a really good cauliflower soup. Laurin Manning pointed me your way. I’m glad she did. Incredibly entertaining and definitely accessible food point of view.

    • Matthew Says:

      Andrew, thank you for your comment and great idea on the soup! I just looked at your blog and enjoyed the content as well. I really like your outlook on entertaining.

      Hope to hear from you again soon!

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