Cauliflower Smash with Grey Poupon Gravy

I know I sound like an idiot but I love a challenge.  Well, usually not a real challenge.  But a cooking challenge.  My very favorite cousin, Meighan, and her boyfriend visit weekly for dinner.  We look forward to these visits – she’s hilarious, my kids love it, everybody laughs and it keeps our family close-knit.  I am saying “Knit”, right?  And Ben, her boyfriend, has become a real part of the family.  The two of them have recently started “dieting” – she with her calories and he with his carbs. 

Damnit, why carbs.

Anyway, tonight they were coming to dinner, and I had the task of putting together a low-calorie AND low-carb dinner….OH yeah, and a kid-friendly (you know those two silly little babies of mine) dinner.  Mr. Dixie is currently out of town, so his needs weren’t on the table – he is dieting currently, but for the most part he is a huge foodie like me.  Just for the record.  Just sayin’.   Oh, and he really doesn’t need to be dieting anyway. Ok, I’ll hush.  

As I poured through recipe after recipe….blog after blog….I ended up deciding to try out what many low-carber’s are doing these days – pureering cauliflower as a sub for mashed potatoes. 

There are many recipes and concoctions out there – I took a handful of different versions and made my own.  My 12 year old daughter’s friend was over this evening and after I made it I got her to taste it and tell me what she thought it was – without giving her any hints – and she said “mashed potatoes!”.


I’m very happy with how this recipe turned out.  As a matter of fact I had a hard time not licking the scraper while I was doing dishes AFTER dinner which says a lot.  Hey – I’m not a scraper licker.  The gravy kind of came as part of the chicken I made; but it was so good I couldn’t NOT use it.  I would bottle it if I could – I think I would drink it.

Tonight I made some herbed grilled chicken, green beans with marinated mushrooms, some pasta (for the kids), and this….

Cauliflower Smash with Grey Poupon Gravy

1 head Cauliflower

1/4 block reduced fat cream cheese

2 tbsp unsalted butter

1/4 cup fat free milk




2 heaping tbsp Grey Poupon coarse mustard

1/2 cup Italian dressing

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup chicken stock

1 tbsp unsalted butter

1 tbsp Worchesteshire sauce

1 tsp garlic powder

1 heaping tbsp all-purpose flour

Wash the cauliflower and pat dry.  Cut up into pieces.  Bring a large stock pan with water to a boil.  Add the cauliflower and boil for 15 minutes, or until fork-tender.  Set aside. 


In a sauce pan, melt 1 tbsp butter on medium heat, add the rest of the gravy ingredients and whisk until combined.  Bring to a slow boil, and stir until slightly thickened.  Remove from heat and set aside, covered.


In a food processor, mix the cauliflower, cream cheese, butter, and milk until smooth.   Add in salt and pepper to taste.


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Pour a spoonful of gravy over the mashed cauliflower.  I promise you won’t miss potatoes 😉


Dixie Chik

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Vibey

    Cauli? Mustard? I am SO there.

  2. Mama Kelly aka Jia

    Ive seen a lot of version of mashed cauliflower, but this is the first one that actually made me want to make some. With hubby and I back on the healthy eating wagon I might whip some up over the weekend.

  3. Shannon

    Wow, that’s pretty cool gravy. I’ve seen the cauli mash before but the gravy intrigues me!

  4. Tiffany

    Oh, I love this. 1. I love the word SMASH! (see my blog post from yesterday :D) 2. I love cauliflower! 3. Mustard is my FAVORITE condiment (as long as you do not count hot sauce as a condiment!). This sounds GREAT!

  5. Chrissy

    I want to eat this now! I love cauliflower, but never seem to eat it often enough. Great recipe!

    1. admin

      Thanks Chrissy!

  6. Dani

    Wow! This looks great. This is a recipe I think I could even get the kids to try! Looking forward to making this one!

  7. JenniferA

    This looks fantastic! I love the idea of this gravy, and I have a head of cauliflower sitting in my crisper right now. Hmmmm….

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