Making mashed cauliflower requires cutting one medium head of cauliflower into small florets and boiling them in salted water before mashing the cauliflower. Food Network and Whole Foods Markets provide simple recipes for making mashed cauliflower.
The Whole Foods Market recipe requires reserving about ¼ cup of the water after the cauliflower is cooked and drained. The cauliflower should boil for about 10 minutes. Put the drained cauliflower, reserved water and 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil into a food processor. Add salt and pepper for taste. Blend the ingredients until the cauliflower is mashed.
The Food Network recipe includes 1 medium head of cauliflower. Boil the cauliflower in salted water for approximately 6 minutes. Then, drain and dry the cauliflower. Do not allow the cauliflower to cool.
In a food processor, combine the cauliflower, 1 tablespoon of softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese and 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic. Add 1/8 teaspoon of chicken base or bullion and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper for taste. Replace the chicken base or bullion with salt, if desired. Blend the ingredients until the cauliflower is mashed. Garnish it with 1/2 teaspoon chopped chives and several slices of butter.