Smoked Gouda and Chive Cauliflower Mash

This delicious and easy to make cauliflower mash is the perfect side dish for any meal. It is packed with flavour from the smoked Gouda and chives, and is nice and creamy thanks to the addition of some milk. You can easily change up the flavour of this dish by swapping out the Gouda for another cheese, or adding in some other herbs or spices. It is also a great way to use up any leftover cauliflower you might have. Just make sure to cook it until it is nice and soft so that it mash up easily.


  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup smoked Gouda, grated
  • 2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place the cauliflower florets in a large pot of boiling water. Cook for 10-12 minutes until they are very soft.
  2. Drain the cauliflower and add it back into the pot. Add in the milk, Gouda, chives, salt and pepper. Use a potato masher or an immersion blender to mash the cauliflower until it is smooth.
  3. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Potential changes & improvements

There are lots of ways you can change up this recipe to suit your own taste. Try swapping out the Gouda for another cheese, such as cheddar or Gruyere. You could also add in some other herbs or spices, such as garlic, rosemary or thyme. If you want a bit more of a kick, you could also add in a pinch of cayenne pepper. If you are avoiding dairy, you could try using a non-dairy milk, such as almond or coconut milk. You could also use a non-dairy cheese.

What other food it works well with?

This smoked Gouda and chive cauliflower mash goes well with just about anything. Try serving it alongside some grilled chicken or fish, roasted vegetables, or a hearty steak. It would also be great as a base for a vegetarian shepherd’s pie.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake when making cauliflower mash is not cooking the cauliflower long enough. Make sure to cook it until it is very soft so that it will mash up easily. Another mistake is not adding enough flavour. Be sure to add in enough cheese and seasonings so that the mash is packed with flavour. Lastly, don’t forget to mash the cauliflower until it is smooth. If you leave it a bit chunky, it won’t be as creamy and smooth.

Nutritional Information

This recipe is relatively low in calories and fat, and is a good source of vitamins and minerals. It is also gluten-free and can easily be made vegan.


  • Cauliflower
  • Milk
  • Gouda
  • Chives

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