Sneaky Mashed Potatoes (With a Hidden Cauliflower Serving)

Have you ever wondered how you could secretly feed your family, friends, or loved ones (or even yourself) vegetables? There are many ways, but here’s a particularly tasty and simple one.


What food does almost everyone like? Mashed potatoes!


This recipe sneaks cauliflower into what looks like mashed potatoes. Thus, you have Sneaky Mashed Potatoes.

Here are some photos to help you with the recipe (see end of post for recipe):


Cut the cauliflower into roughly 1 1/2″ pieces.


For ease of preparation, I made it so the potatoes and cauliflower cook in the same pot at the same time, saving you cook time and clean time. ;)


Add in the butter and milk…


…and mash away.


Voila! Mashed “potatoes”.


Sneaky Mashed Potatoes (With a Hidden Cauliflower Serving)
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Hide a serving of cauliflower in your next batch of mashed potatoes with this easy recipe. This recipe uses a one-to-one amount of cauliflower to potatoes, but you can use whatever amount of each that you like. You can place the cooked vegetables in a food processor or blender (or use an immersion blender) for a smoother texture, but I like the more rough texture you get from mashing the vegetables by hand.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
  • 3 medium/large red potatoes (about 3 cups), rinsed, eyes and rough skin parts removed (or you can peel the potatoes completely, but the skin is good for you!), cut into 1½” pieces.
  • 3 cups cauliflower, rinsed, cut into 1½” pieces.
  • ¼ – ⅓ cup milk (you may need more depending on your preferred texture and you can substitute cream or half and half for a richer taste or sub unsweetened vegan milk option)
  • 2-4 tablespoons butter (you may need more depending on your preferred texture – or sub vegan butter)
  • pinch salt, plus ½ – ¾ teaspoon salt, to taste
  • fresh-cracked pepper, to taste
  • fresh herbs, rinsed chopped, optional
  1. Bring a large pot filled ¾ full of water to a boil. Add pinch of salt and potatoes and cook for 17-20 minutes, until potatoes are fork-tender.
  2. When the potatoes have 7-8 minutes left of cook time, add the cauliflower. This will allow the potatoes and cauliflower to finish cooking at the same time.
  3. Drain potatoes and cauliflower in a colander. Add the potatoes and cauliflower back to the empty pot and put the pot back on the burner you were just using, but make sure it’s off. The residual heat will help the potatoes and cauliflower to dry out a bit. Let rest 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons butter, ¼ cup milk, salt, and pepper to the pot and mash with a handheld potato mashed (or use a blender, immersion blender, or food processor for a smoother texture) till the vegetables are to your preferred texture. Add additional milk and/or butter till the mixture reaches your desired texture. Add additional salt/pepper till the mixture reaches your desired flavor.
  5. Optional step – stir in fresh herbs of choice. I used chives from my garden.
  6. Enjoy!


Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me! ;)


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  1. says

    Love it! I tried making cauliflower mash in the past and it didn’t quite work out the way I wanted….this sounds like a much better idea. I bet using sweet potatoes in this would be great as well!

  2. says

    My boyfriend can actually make cauliflower straight-up look and taste like mashed potatoes – it’s insane! Somehow, with a combination of butter and spices, he pulls it off. I’ve tasted and been amazed.

    We like to call them Mashed Faux-tatoes. If you say it really fast, you can sneak it by non-veggie eaters. :)

  3. Susan says

    Just wanted to say thanks for this recipe…I have been wanting to try this but wasn’t sure where to start…thank you. Looking forward to trying it out this week!!

  4. says

    Thanks for this! I was having trouble finding a recipe that told how to cook the potatoes and cauliflower at the same time in the same pot. This was super helpful :)

  5. Andrea says

    Going to try this tomorrow night. My husband would never fall for one of the 100% cauliflower recipes. I think I might be able to sneak this one in without him noticing. Wish me luck!

  6. Lisa says

    I’m pretty sure I can make this vegan with almond milk and earth balance! I’m going to give it a try! Thank you!

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