Chive & Garlic Potato Cauliflower Mash

4 (whole) cloves of garlic
2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, cut up
2 cups cauliflower florets (I used yellow cauliflower)
1/4 cup chopped chives
2 tablespoons soft goat cheese
1 1/2 tablespoon butter

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the garlic, potatoes, and cauliflower. Cook until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain. Add the goat cheese, butter, salt and pepper. Mash until almost at the desired texture then mash in the chives.

My thoughts:

When I first suggested boiling whole garlic cloves in with mashed potatoes, my husband was skeptical. But it only took one attempt to make him a believer. The garlic becomes soft and easily mashable but still very flavorful. A much better option that having small minced bits of raw garlic in your mash, using powdered garlic or having to go through the trouble of roasting garlic. And while I am not trying to hide the cauliflower, it is virtually indistinguishable from the potato texture-wise. I love adding vegetables to mashed potatoes because it eliminates the need for a second side dish.


  1. This sounds absolutely yummy. Comfort food ++.

  2. This looks amazing. My newfound love of cauliflower has my taste buds tingling for this dish. Combined with the creamy goat cheese, this must be heavenly.

  3. Unplanned Cooking

    How wonderful! I have been meaning to try goat cheese. I love your pictures.

  4. I just started utilizing the "boil the cloves with the potatoes" trick and it's perfect. I love the addition of cauliflower to the potatoes. I know the carb-friendly alternative to mashed taters is mashed cauliflower, but on their own – not so much, at least for my tastes. So adding them together is a great solution.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Just made cauliflower mash the other day–adding only some greek yogurt, s&p. Incredible! Wish I had chives on hand though…Potatoes and cauliflower sounds great, and this looks delicious, but truly, the cauliflower on its own was incredible! At least in my opinion. And I don't even like cauliflower!

  6. Looks absolutely gorgeous 😀

  7. maybe i'll be able to get the hubby to eat cauliflower this way.
    thanks rach ^^

  8. This sounds really, really good! I've used a recipe somewhat like this before but this sounds like a big improvement.