Mashed Unpotatoes / Cheesy Cauliflower Puree

IMG_4395Soooo, I’ve been taking a little break from the blog, if you haven’t noticed. And I’m sure you’re thrilled that in my reappearance I give you cauliflower. It’s not the most popular vegetable, I know, but I’ve been making this a ton and it’s awesome! Considering cauliflower is among Brian’s top 3 hated foods (along with mushrooms and olives – he doesn’t know what he’s missing!), that’s saying a lot. I’ve tried my hand at faux mashed potatoes before, and those are good, but there’s just something about the consistency which screams I’M NOT A POTATO. This recipe, however, only whispers “I’m not a potato, but I’m the next closest thing if not better!” For real. It’s amazing what a little cheese does to making the cauliflower thick and creamy. Make this, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Mashed Unpotatoes / Cheesy Cauliflower Puree
Inspired by I Breathe I’m Hungry
Serves 4

What I used:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2-3 oz cabot 50% reduced fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • sliced chives (optional)
  1. Trim as much of the stalk from the cauliflower and break into florets. Add the cauliflower to a microwave safe bowl with the cream and butter. Microwave for 18 minutes (depending on your microwave – you want it to get fork tender), stirring to coat half-way through.
  2. Transfer the cooked cauliflower to a food processor, along with the cheese. Process until very smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

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2 thoughts on “Mashed Unpotatoes / Cheesy Cauliflower Puree

  1. Amanda says:

    Even though I’m not a veggie fan, I love cauliflower! I tried making a cauliflower puree, but the texture didn’t feel quite right. So I make my mash half potato and half cauliflower. You would never know the difference!

  2. Nathan Rogers says:

    Yum! I’ve been jumping onto the cauliflower bandwagon too lately. It’s such a versatile veggie. Love the caramelization of this one.

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