This creamy cauliflower potato garlic sauce is simply magical. It’s like mashed potatoes met cheese fondue! I steam the potatoes, cauliflower and garlic together, and add heated heavy cream, or half-and-half, with butter, tangy goat cheese, salt and pepper, and whisk it till I get a silky smooth sauce! The addition of goat cheese adds a tanginess which cuts through the richness, and balances this sauce perfectly. Parmesan cheese compliments the goat cheese and makes this sauce absolutely delicious.
Finally nailed it!
Years ago, at a middle eastern restaurant, I had a garlic sauce that was served with grilled chicken and lamb kebab. It was hands down, one of THE most delicious sauces I have ever had! Since then, I’ve been trying to imagine a mash-up between that garlic sauce and creamy garlic mashed potatoes. I also wanted to make this sauce lighter and healthier, so that I wouldn’t have to feel too guilty about loading up on carbs. So, I decided to do a half and half of potatoes and cauliflower. After a few ‘almost there’ attempts, I finally nailed it.
This cauliflower potato garlic sauce is very easy to customize. You can adjust the flavors to your liking by reducing or increasing the quantity of garlic, goat cheese and/or parmesan cheese in this sauce. You can reduce the whipping cream to get a thicker sauce, and serve it as a dip for bread sticks, sliced baguette or assorted veggies. It’s almost like a cheese fondue, only lighter and much healthier. Sometimes, I add sautéed mushrooms and chives to this sauce and serve it with steak.
Low Carb Variation:
To make a low carb variation of this sauce, skip the potatoes and double up on the cauliflower. Follow the recipe and adjust the flavors to your liking. With all the flavorful mix-ins going in this sauce, you won’t even miss the potatoes for a second. Plus, you can happily go for seconds, or thirds, like in my case:-)
Pairing Suggestions for Cauliflower Potato Garlic Sauce:
I love to serve this sauce with mediterranean or Indian spiced meats and veggies. One of my husband’s favorite combo is Grilled Lamb Chops and this creamy Cauliflower Potato Garlic Sauce. Other favorites in my home include Mediterranean spiced chicken, Indian spiced chicken skewers, Chicken Shawarma.
How to make it:
Cauliflower Potato Garlic SaucePrint Recipe
- Steam together
- 1/2 a head of cauliflower, florets only (about 2 cups)
- 2 large gold potatoes, quartered (about 1.5 cups)
- 6 cloves of garlic (adjust to taste)
- Add after mashing potatoes, cauliflower and garlic mix
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, or half-n-half (adjust for desired consistency of sauce)
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 heaping tablespoon goat cheese, room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper, adjust to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, adjust to taste
- Add after sauce is smooth and creamy
- 2-3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Steam cauliflower, potatoes and garlicIf using the Instant Pot, turn it on. Pour 1 cup water in the main pot. Place rinsed and drained cauliflower florets, peeled and quartered potatoes and peeled garlic cloves in a Steamer basket or an oven safe bowl. Close lid. Vent set to sealing. Pressure cook on 'Manual' or 'Pressure Cook' for 8 minutes, high pressure. If using the microwave, Add everything in a microwave safe bowl, add 1/4 cup water and steam on Potato setting.
Transfer to a bowlTurn off Instant Pot, manually release pressure by gently turning the pressure knob from 'Sealing' to 'Venting' position. Open lid after the pin drops. Remove the basket and transfer cauliflower, potatoes and garlic to a large mixing bowl.
Put it togetherIn a microwave safe cup, heat heavy cream for 2 minutes. Add butter, goat cheese, salt and pepper and whisk it well, till you see no lumps. Pour over the cauliflower, potatoes and garlic. Using a fork or a wooden spoon, mash till you get a creamy consistency. Add grated parmesan cheese and whisk till incorporated.