Cauliflower Mash

Oh, cauliflower. I have tried so many times to like you. With your rich amounts of Vitamin C and other important nutrients, in addition to your kindness to the waistline (a mere 30 calories per cup), you’d think I would have been able to love you by now. Boiled, sauteed, and steamed…not a single preparation technique has made me say, “Oooooh, cauliflower!!” I finally prepared you roasted in the oven last week…not too shabby [note: I took this old recipe off my personal blog, so given it originally posted in 4/2010, it's been a while since I've come to like it.]

I have, many times, seen recipes for mashed cauliflower. “Just like mashed potatoes,” boast many a website. I tried that before but with my hand masher couldn’t get a smooth enough consistency. Armed with my food processor, though, I knew this would all change. I happened to go to Henry’s this morning and get two cauliflower for $1. Cheap eats, no? A quick search of the net for “Paleo mashed cauliflower” yielded many hits. I clicked on one and began my quest.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 head of cauliflower
  • ~8 garlic cloves (more or less to taste, depends if you are single or not)
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper
  • Sea salt

Directions:

1. Rinse the cauliflower and cut the florets away from the core.

2. Peel the garlic. I take a huge knife, hold it sideways (flat) and push down on the garlic to break the coating of the garlic. The peel slips right off.

3. Throw the cauliflower and garlic into a medium saucepan along with about 1/2 inch of water (or use a steaming basket).

4. Steam for several minutes until the cauliflower is tender when pierced.

5. Into a food processor, place the cooked cauliflower, whole garlic cloves, olive oil, pepper and salt (optional) to taste. Give it a good whirl until the consistency is smooth.

Yields ~ 6 cups (use 1 head of cauliflower and half as much garlic for a smaller batch)

Much to my surprise, I LOVED IT!! The smooth consistency and lack of knobbly little cauliflower bits was enough to sell me. I will be rotating this plant freak into my menu regularly :) Bon apetit!

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16 thoughts on “Cauliflower Mash

  1. Stacey

    I am so excited to try this version Steph!!! I tried one version that I had to use coconut milk in it and it tasted like coconut so much. It was not good at all!!! :( I may make this tonight!!!

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    1. Steph

      Awesome! You could also try butter (if you are doing that) or ghee as an alternative to the olive oil. You could also try adding in some dried chives or parsley :)

      Reply
  2. allisonmann

    I LOVE Cauliflower! Raw, roasted… I like it with curry and other random spices. Tried the garlic mashed once before and it didn’t turn out, as you mentioned. This recipe sounds yum!

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  3. Ashley

    I did this recipe but I added sauteed spinach, leaks and rosemary into the food processor. Looks like green baby food, smells and tastes delicious!

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  4. Abbie

    This was so delicious I couldn’t stop eating it! I only had one head of cauliflower so I halved the recipe and I think I ate half of what was made before my husband got home for dinner. I roasted my garlic instead of steaming it and used some lemon garlic flavored olive oil. YUM!
    My husband is not a big veggie fan (although he is trying really hard to eat/like more) and he even ate these. Thanks!

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  6. Miranda

    Oooh all the garlic in this sounds delish. Cauliflower mash has been one of my favourite things since starting paleo 6 months ago, going to try this version!

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