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


  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

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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