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Ricotta Mashed Cauliflower

This is another amazing Thanksgiving Day side dish recipe option that’s super easy to prepare and would be a nice substitute for those looking to avoid mashed potatoes this year! 
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Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 194kcal


  • Large pot
  • Baking sheet or large platter
  • Food processor


  • 2 pounds cauliflower leaves removed and cauliflower cut into florets
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • cup smoked whole milk ricotta cheese or regular whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1–2 tablespoons heavy cream plus more if desired
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Cayenne powder to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives minced


Boil the cauliflower:

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the cauliflower florets to the boiling water and cook for 10-15 minutes until fork tender. Drain the florets. Arrange on a baking sheet or large platter and pat dry with paper towels.

Blend the cauliflower:

  • Transfer the cauliflower to a food processor and pulse until smooth.

Blend the mashed cauliflower:

  • Add the ricotta cheese, heavy cream, butter, garlic powder, and chives to the food processor and continue pulsing until smooth and creamy, adding more cream if a smoother consistency is desired. Taste and season with salt, pepper, and a touch of cayenne powder.

To serve:

  • Transfer to a serving dish and use the back of a spoon to smooth out the top of the dish. Sprinkle with a few more fresh minced chives. Enjoy!


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Sodium: 185mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 110mg
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