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Creamy Cauliflower Puree
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Creamy Cauliflower Puree

Why have mashed potatoes when you can have pureed cauliflower?  The first time I pureed this wonderful vegetable I was truly shocked by it's narural creaminess.  When I served the dish to my family they swore I had dumped cream into the mixture (of course I hadn't!).  My kids "scarfed" it and were disappointed that I had only pureed one head.  As well, caulflower provides a beautiful landscape for adding extra flavors such as fresh herbs and spices  This healthy side dish can accompany any meal you are preparing.

  • 1 head cauliflower,2 to 2 1/2 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Pull the leaves off the cauliflower and cut out the core in a kind of cone-shaped section. Then pull the florets off the head with your fingers, using a knife when you need to. Break or cut the florets into smaller, regular pieces (about 1 1/2 inch) and put them in a steamer insert. Bring about 1 inch of water to a boil in the steamer pot, add the insert, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes, or until you can poke a paring knife into the stems and you can feel that there's still a little texture there. Save 1 cup of steaming water. 

In batches, put cauliflower in a food processor to puree.  If you are having problems getting the cauliflower to puree add a little of the cooking water but as little as possible. With the motor running, add oil, salt, and pepper through the feed tube. Taste for seasoning and serve hot. 



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  1. pftsusan
    Vote #2. I have made cauliflower puree before and l loved the way it tastes. Thank you for reminding me. I would do it again.
  2. Veganara
    Vote no 4. It sounds very luxurious! I would never have thought of cooking cauliflower like this, but now I will try it. Have a look at my latest post. Know Your Nightshades, you might find that of interest!
  3. Carolyn
    Virtually Homemade, sorry I missed your post over the weekend, as I have worked third shift for several days in the ER and have not been on the computer. Will watch for future articles. I am thinking that garlic would be good in the cauliflower too!
    1. Virtually Homemade
      Virtually Homemade
      Garlic would be perfect!
  4. Sarah
    My daughter loves mashed cauliflower. I cook millet and puree it in with the cauliflower, than add a little turmeric along with the salt and pepper. Turmeric adds a beautiful golden color and it's a great anti-inflammatory.
    1. Virtually Homemade
      Virtually Homemade
      I love the tumeric idea! I would have never thought of putting that in - thanks!
  5. XavierEdmondson
    Mashes with the potatoes with the some cheese on that have to add at the mind depends on us with normal every streamer. Taste will be double to triple if on the website will get the time to make this recipe be true.


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