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Our Cauliflower Purée is a very delicious alternative to traditional mashed potatoes – and a great way to add some more vegetables into any meal!
I’ve always been a fan of cauliflower – but it was only recently that I tried making cauliflower purée myself after seeing lots of different versions online. So with a head of cauliflower sitting in the crisper drawer of our refrigerator and dinnertime just around the corner, I decided to give cauliflower purée a try!
Cauliflower purée is super simple to make and it cooks up quickly – just boil the florets in some water until tender. Once the cauliflower is cooked, drain – but reserve about a quarter to a half cup of the cooking liquid!
Then purée the cooked cauliflower in a food processor along with some salt, pepper, garlic powder and butter, plus a little of the reserved cooking liquid. The result is a smooth, light and creamy purée that is absolutely delicious.
When I served the cauliflower purée to my husband Jack alongside some grilled chicken and green beans, I decided not to tell him that I had swapped in cauliflower for mashed potatoes – just to see his reaction! Jack immediately tasted a difference – asking me what I did to “the mashed potatoes to make them taste so good!” Of course, I immediately shared my ‘secret’ and now we’re enjoying cauliflower purée with many of our meals.
- 1 head cauliflower, about 2 1/2 pounds
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the liquid reserved from cooking the cauliflower
- Remove core and leaves and break cauliflower up into equal sized florets.
- Place in a sauce pan with tight fitting lid filled half way with water.
- Bring to a low boil for 8-10 minutes covered until tender. Drain but reserve liquid.
- Place cooked cauliflower in food processor and add salt, pepper, garlic powder and butter and hit puree.
- Slowly drizzle in about ¼ cup of cooking liquid as it purees until mixture is the consistency of mashed potatoes.
- Serve immediately.
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Feel free to omit the butter in this recipe if you would like to keep this recipe lower in fat and calories.
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