Super Simple Mashed Cauliflower

 

Super Simple Mashed Cauliflower

I have been trying out a lot of new light recipes lately and even though I tried making mashed cauliflower before without much success, I tried my hand at it again and it was amazing!  Last time I tried the recipe, I tried to mash steamed cauliflower with a food mill and potato ricer, both of which did not work at all since cauliflower is more fibrous than potatoes.  This time I tried it in the food processor and that has proven to be the key.  It thoroughly breaks up the cauliflower into a creamy mixture, but can’t overwork it because cauliflower doesn’t have as much starch as potatoes.

This is just a base recipe that shows you how to bring it together.  You can take the flavor in any direction you want – off the top of my head I think of roasted garlic, fresh basil, or toasted pine nuts.  You can blend nearly any extra ingredient you want in at the end or fold it in for more of a swirled effect.

Mashed Cauliflower
1 large head of cauliflower (mine was so large I had to food process in 2 separate batches, if yours is smaller you can reduce the other ingredients)
4 tbsp butter
4-6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp sea salt
fresh grated Parmesan (optional)

 

Steamed Cauliflower

 

Cut up the head of cauliflower into small pieces and steam until very soft.  In my bamboo steamer with the water boiling at medium heat this took 25 minutes.

Food process the steamed cauliflower with the butter, salt and Parmesan if you are using it.  Once the food processor is on, drizzle in enough olive oil to let it start to moving into a creamy mixture.  Continue to process until no lumps remain, which might take about a minute.  Taste the final mixture and adjust seasoning accordingly.

I think a little bit of good quality Parmesan really brings this dish together, but if you are not using it then you might want to add other flavors.

This is really easy to make ahead of time and reheat.  I also find for the cost of the cauliflower that is it much cheaper than mashed potatoes.  Now that you’ve got plenty of reasons to make it, give it a try!

 

Super Simple Mashed Cauliflower

 

Yields 6-8 servings as a side

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