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Sneaky Mashed Potatoes (With a Hidden Cauliflower Serving) Recipe

  • Author: Diana of
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish


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.


  • 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 1 1/2″ pieces.
  • 3 cups cauliflower, rinsed, cut into 1 1/2″ pieces.
  • 1/41/3 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)
  • 24 tablespoons butter (you may need more depending on your preferred texture – or sub vegan butter)
  • pinch salt, plus 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • fresh-cracked pepper, to taste
  • fresh herbs, rinsed chopped, optional


  1. Bring a large pot filled 3/4 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, 1/4 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!

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