Mashed Faux-tatoes: Cauliflower Puree

If you haven’t heard of this before, don’t write it off right away! This recipe is simple and quick. And you’ll barely feel like you’re eating a vegetable because you’ll get to use fun things like butter and cream. Yum. Anyway, the name says it all; this dish pretty much entails simmering and pureeing cauliflower to create a nice mashed side dish that’s comparable to ““ but not an imitation of! ““ mashed potatoes.

Without getting into the whole calorie/carb counting game, I’ll still say that cauliflower edges out potato in the vitamins department, particularly vitamin C. It’s good for a little variety in your diet and on your palate, as the lightly nutty, creamy quality of this dish has some flavors that mashed potatoes don’t. Also, it takes a lot less time to prepare cauliflower for mashing than it does to peel, bake, and mash a bunch of potatoes. So why not give it a try?

Mashed Cauliflower
Recipe from Joy of Cooking

Cut out the tough end of the stem of:
1 cauliflower

Cut into florets. Place in a large pot and add:
2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock

Bring to a simmer and simmer until cauliflower is tender, about 10 minutes. Add:
½ cup heavy cream, half-and-half, or whole milk
1 tablespoon butter

Mash or puree in a food processor. Season with:
Black pepper to taste

Photo: Getty

7 replies on “Mashed Faux-tatoes: Cauliflower Puree”

The secret to liking these is not to expect them to be like mashed potatoes. They taste like what they are, mashed cauliflower. That being said, these are a delicious way to eat cauliflower! I add some cream cheese to mine. You can also add an actual potato (or if you’re crappy like me, a package of the dehydrated kind) for a more thick consistency.

Such a good dish! I put in more gloves of garlic and veganise it with a soy/almond/rice milk and butter alternative, but holy heck – brilliance.

Potatoes are my favorite food with pasta taking a close second so fauxing it up now and then is in order.

You could also probably throw in some Nutritional Yeast to add a bit more flavor.

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