Creamy Mashed Cauliflower & Potatoes Is The Ultimate Side Dish

This mashed cauliflower dish is heaven in a bowl. Cauliflower and potatoes combine with coconut milk to create a rich and creamy gluten- and dairy-free side for the holidays. And the nutritional yeast adds a significant boost of B vitamins.

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Reprinted with permission from The Edible Beat: 60 Recipes of Chef Empowerment, Humor & Human Centric Mojo by Chef Justin Cucci.

Related: Garlicky Mashed “Potatoes”



  • 5 lb. cauliflower
  • 2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 cup frozen coconut meat (you can substitute 1 cup of canned coconut cream)
  • 2 15-oz. cans coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup organic grade B maple syrup
  • 3 Tbs. nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp Korean red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbs. kosher salt


  1. Peel potatoes and cut into quarters. Cut cauliflower off of the stem into florets.
  2. Steam cauliflower, potatoes, and coconut meat until tender (if using coconut cream, add in next step), about 20 minutes. Drain.
  3. In a separate pot, combine coconut milk (and coconut cream is using) and maple syrup and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Use a potato ricer to rice potato, cauliflower, and coconut meat into a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add reduced coconut milk mixture and remaining ingredients. Stir until combined.
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning until it’s delicious.

Garnish Suggestions (Use Any or All)

  • ½ cup toasted pecans
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped dill
  • ½ cup crispy shallots