Simple Cauliflower Puree

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This recipe tastes rich and suggests a cheesiness that isn't there. The simplest variation highlights the cauliflower taste, but other additives really quell the cauliflower taste. Buy good cauliflower.

Simplest variation: Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • Olive Oil to taste and texture (~1/4 cup?)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Cut cauliflower into manageable chunks. Trim core and slice into equivalent pieces.
  2. Boil chunks of cauliflower for 10 - 15 minutes until stems are soft.
  3. Loosely and wetly transfer boiled cauliflower to a bowl and mash olive oil and seasonings into it with a potato masher. Stop at desired homogeneity and consistency. Add olive oil and/or boiling water to loosen the mixture up if necessary. Aim for a consistency like Baba Ganoush.

Variations:

  • Add butter to taste.
  • Add white miso to taste.
  • Roast some of the cauliflower and puree roasted and boiled cauliflower with a food processor (roasted cauliflower will be too fibrous to mash with the potato masher)
  • Add some broth or concentrated boullion to the mix.
  • Add some toasted pureed pine nuts or almonds to the mix.
  • Add fresh or sauteed or roasted garlic to the mix.
  • Add whatever else you might add to mashed potatoes to the mix.