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.Print
Feel free to omit the butter in this recipe if you would like to keep this recipe lower in fat and calories.
- 1 head cauliflower, about 2 ½ pounds
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons butter
- ¼ to ½ 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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