5-Minute Freezer Side Dish: Garlic & Sour Cream Mashed Cauliflower

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When you crave the creaminess of mashed potatoes blended with sour cream and butter, but still want something a little lighter and a lot faster, reach for a bag of frozen cauliflower.

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Why This 5-Minute Side Deserves a Spot on Your Table

While you certainly won’t mistake the taste of cauliflower for mashed potatoes, its soft, creamy texture is a dead ringer. Some sour cream, a spoonful of garlic, and a pat of butter make this otherwise light veggie feel a little more rich and indulgent. Want to make it look pretty, too? Top it off with some snipped chives.

How to Make It

Microwave a 16-ounce bag of frozen cauliflower, according to the package instructions, until very well done. Use a fork, immersion blender, or food processor to mash the cauliflower. Stir in about 1/2 cup of sour cream and a clove of minced garlic. Warm in the microwave again, until heated through, about a minute or two. Top it off with a tablespoon or two of butter, season with salt and pepper, and serve warm.

5-Minute Freezer-to-Microwave Side Dishes

Starting with a 12- to 16-ounce bag of frozen veggies, we’ll show you how to mix it with three pantry ingredients, and get it on the table in five minutes with the help of the microwave.

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