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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
    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.
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  2. Veganara
    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!
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  3. Carolyn
    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!
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    1. Virtually Homemade
      Virtually Homemade
      Garlic would be perfect!
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  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.
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    1. Virtually Homemade
      Virtually Homemade
      I love the tumeric idea! I would have never thought of putting that in - thanks!
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