This simple but surprisingly flavorful puree is a satisfying stand-in for mashed potatoes, and it couldn't be easier. There's no cream in it and only a teensy touch of butter, so it's good for anyone counting calories or carbs. It pleases the meat-and-potatoes eaters at my table, even though it contains neither.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
3 -4 cups puree
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a 4-quart pot of salted water to a boil; add cauliflower and simmer until tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain cauliflower, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.

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  • Blend cauliflower and 1/4 cup cooking liquid in a blender until smooth, adding more water until desired consistency is reached. Add butter and pulse until incorporated; season with salt.

Cook's Note:

This is delicious as is, but you can add some fresh chives, parsley, or green garlic to the blender for a flavor (and color) twist.

Nutrition Facts

61 calories; protein 2.9g 6% DV; carbohydrates 7.6g 3% DV; fat 3g 5% DV; cholesterol 7.6mg 3% DV; sodium 102.3mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (23)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/21/2015
Easy to make and quite good. I made a few changes. I liked the suggestion about the microwave, so I steamed the chunks of cauliflower in the microwave until fork tender with about a half cup of vegetable broth - about 8-10 minutes. I added them to a food processor with a tablespoon of the liquid, a teaspoon each of garlic powder and white pepper, a tablespoon of salt and two tablespoons of butter. Processed until very similar to mashed potato. Then added a quarter cup of heavy cream and pulsed it a few more times. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/12/2018
Do NOT add any water! It makes it a watery mush. Pretty tasteless so I added garlic which helped. And some cheese. Read More
27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
11/20/2015
Easy to make and quite good. I made a few changes. I liked the suggestion about the microwave, so I steamed the chunks of cauliflower in the microwave until fork tender with about a half cup of vegetable broth - about 8-10 minutes. I added them to a food processor with a tablespoon of the liquid, a teaspoon each of garlic powder and white pepper, a tablespoon of salt and two tablespoons of butter. Processed until very similar to mashed potato. Then added a quarter cup of heavy cream and pulsed it a few more times. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/02/2015
This is a bit bland as is so you might want to take the submitters advice in the Footnotes. After tasting the cauliflower puree as is I added garlic salt and black pepper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2019
I had a head of cauliflower in my frig for a few weeks, and I decided to puree it & eat it later. I steamed it in a basket on the stove only added a little of the water, some sea salt & 2 tbls butter. It was so delicious just like that! I wanted to eat the whole bowl, but had to force myself to save it for later. It was so tasty!! I can't imagine anyone not liking it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2017
I added garlic and parmesan cheese. It came out really good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2015
I cooked it in chicken broth. And added a spritz of parmesan just before Serving. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/15/2015
I made this recipe tonight and just added a little salt. It was quickly made and tasty my kind of recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2016
easy and something different. not quite like mash potato but quick and easy on a work night. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/25/2016
I didn't read the reviews before making this just now and agree that as is I found it to be a bit bland even after butter salt & pepper. (I think I may have overcooked the cauliflower a little which probably didn't help.) But I loved how quick and simple it is and I love cauliflower so I'll definitely try it again using some of the other reviewers' suggestions to give it a deeper flavor. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2016
I made a few changes to this one. After I puréed the cauliflower I added it to a low heat and added a bunch of shredded cheese garlic powder and minced garlic and some salt and pepper. I kept adding these in until I got it to the taste I liked. Then I puréed it once more. Still a little grainy so I think I need to let it boil a bit longer next time before I purée it. But very simple and ate it for lunch with some butternut squash soup. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
06/12/2018
Do NOT add any water! It makes it a watery mush. Pretty tasteless so I added garlic which helped. And some cheese. Read More
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