3-Step Cauliflower Puree

I like to consider myself a bit of a mashed potato connoisseur. I love trying out the starchy side dish at various restaurants and giving it my stamp of approval… or if it’s an unfortunate evening, a thumbs down.

Now, there’s a new side dish in town; one that is perhaps a little healthier! While this takes a little bit of prep time (not too much!) and a little bit of clean up (washing the food processor!) It’s worth it for the delicious finished product.


All it takes to make this cauliflower puree is one head of cauliflower, 2 tbsp. butter, and salt and pepper… so simple.

Step 1: Cut cauliflower into small pieces.


Is there a specific “technique” you’re supposed to use when cutting cauliflower? I just hack into it! 😉

Step 2: Boil cauliflower for 15 minutes, drain.

Step 3: Combine cauliflower, butter, salt and pepper in a food processor and blend until smooth.


Now, don’t get me wrong – this puree doesn’t taste like mashed potatoes. It tastes like… cauliflower. BUT, the consistency is similar to my beloved mashed potatoes and it pairs well with almost anything!

Tonight, I served up a portion of the puree with steak and mushrooms. It was absolutely delicious. (More on tonight’s dinner in tomorrow’s What I Ate Wednesday post.)

Do you have a food processor? If not, what’s your favorite small kitchen appliance? I got this food processor at my bridal shower, and I love it!

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    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      Yeah, that’s why I said I just hack into it! Every time I do it, I think ok there’s got to be some secret strategy to this that I don’t know about?!

    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      That’s a great idea! Chris hasn’t tried it yet. He works evenings so he usually takes whatever I make for dinner as leftovers to work the next day. I’m curious to hear what he thinks of it!

  1. Stephanie @ My Freckled Life says:

    Haha, I totally just hack into cauliflower too! I have never made mashed cauliflower before, but I’ve used it in potato soup which is very similar. I might have to try it on it’s own! I’ve also heard you can do something similar with parsnips? I had it at a restaurant once, but I’ve never made it myself.
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    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      Yes, I’ve heard the same thing about parsnips! I’ve roasted parsnips before and really liked them, so I’m sure a puree would be awesome!

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