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First, let me say, I have nothing against potatoes.  I love them.  Our family didn't really eat them very much growing up (rice was the starch of choice), but I've always loved a cheesy, buttery potato dish.  Now that I'm eating healthier(ish), my husband and I are trying to eat more vegetables.  I never really cared for cauliflower.  To me, it has always been inferior to broccoli, and it always seemed sort of bland.  After browsing lots of food blogs and watching cooking shows, I kept seeing this amazing cauliflower puree pop up everywhere!  Could cauliflower really be made to taste good??  I decided to try my hand at it!

I've made this with both regular white cauliflower and colored cauliflower, and my favorite is definitely the purple variety.  It's UNREAL how beautifully bright it looks on a plate.  However, the white variety is also great if you're going for a mashed potato look, which might be especially helpful for you parents who try to sneak veggies into your kids' meals!

Want to try it out?  Here's what you'll need!

  • 1 head cauliflower (any color is fine)
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter (add more for a creamier mash, or omit for a healthier mash)
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. chopped thyme or chives

Let's get to it!

First, boil a large stock pot of water with a steamer over it.

While the water is boiling, cut the cauliflower florets from the stem and wash them.  If you haven't done so yet, peel the garlic cloves.

Cauliflower Mash

When your water is boiling, place your cauliflower florets and garlic cloves into the steamer.  Liberally sprinkle with sea salt.  Cover and steam for about 10 minutes, or until you can easily pierce the cauliflower floret stems with a fork.

Cauliflower Mash

Place your cauliflower and garlic into a food processor or high-speed blender.  You may need to do this in two batches if you have a smaller food processor.  Here I have a 7-cup food processor.  Blend until pureed.

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Add 2 tbsp. grass-fed butter to the puree.  Add more salt and pepper to taste.  Blend again until fully incorporated.

Cauliflower Mash

Dish into a bowl and sprinkle chopped sage, thyme, or chives on top.

Cauliflower Mash

Now marvel at the beauty of this dish you just made and convince your guests that it ISN'T frosting!  It adds a POP of color to any meal!

Cauliflower Mash

I personally love serving it alongside a roasted chicken, pork, or beef main dish.  Enjoy!

Cauliflower Mash

[recipe title="Cauliflower Mash" servings="4" time="30mins" difficulty="easy"]

Say goodbye to starchy mashed potatoes!  This cauliflower mash is a healthy alternative that will delight both the eyes and the stomach.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower (any color)
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tbsp. grass-fed butter (add more for a creamier mash, omit for a healthier mash)
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. chopped thyme or chives

Directions:

  1. Boil a large stockpot of water with a steamer on top.
  2. While the water is boiling, trim cauliflower florets from the stem and rinse.  Peel the garlic cloves.
  3. Once the stockpot of water is boiling, put all the cauliflower and garlic in the steamer.  Liberally salt.  Cover the pot and steam the cauliflower for about 10 minutes, or until you can easily pierce the cauliflower floret stems with a fork.
  4. Turn off the heat and transfer the florets and garlic to a food processor or high-speed blender.  Blend on high until pureed.
  5. Add butter.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Blend until fully incorporated.
  6. Transfer to a bowl or serving dish.  Sprinkle fresh herbs on top.

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