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Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic, Parmesan Cheese, Olive oil, and Chives

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  • Author: Karen
  • Cook Time: 4-6 hours
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


  • 1 1/2 lbs of cauliflower florets (I bought mine at Costco they were already cut up and washed)
  • 4 peeled whole garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped chives, for serving


  1. Place cauliflower florets into the slow cooker.
  2. Fill slow cooker with water until it covers cauliflower.  Add a bay leaf to the water.
  3. Dump in the garlic cloves and 1/2 tsp of salt.
  4. Cover and cook on HIGH for about 4 hours, or until cauliflower is very tender or LOW for about 6 hours.
  5. Remove lid and drain off all water (I placed mine in a colander).  Discard the bay leaf.
  6. Place cauliflower back into slow cooker and add in the olive oil and Parmesan and 1/2 tsp of kosher salt.  Mash using a potato masher until desired consistency is reached. Or alternately, you can pour cauliflower into food processor or blender and puree (that’s what I ended up doing).
  7. Salt and pepper to taste and garnish with chives.  Serve!