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Cauliflower Puree

Cauliflower Puree

Recipes, Slow Eats, FAST


Cauliflower puree is an example of how a side dish can really be the star of the plate.

This under-utilized (in my opinion) brassica has become very popular as of late, showing up in place of potatoes in alternative versions of Shepherd’s Pie and Bangers & Mash and even replacing the flour in a pizza crust. But aside from the versatility that makes it ideal for the gluten-free, low-carb and diabetic diet, cooked, pureed cauliflower has a velvety texture and lightly earthy taste that has me craving and building meals around it all fall and winter long.

This dish is also a perfect example of how you can have Slow Food, Fast.  I lit our gas grill, started the puree (easy when you just throw everything into the pot!), and then figured out a second vegetable to serve while the meat and cauliflower were cooking.

Above is a NY strip on a bed of cauli puree with some carrots sauteed in butter and thyme.  Below we have a grilled chicken breast on the puree, served with coconut & cayenne marinated kale that I finished on the grill at the last minute.  Both dishes were on the plate and being consumed in well under 45 minutes.



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  1. Trysh Ashby-Rolls
    November 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    This looks delicious and a welcome change from peas n carrots with my upcoming family roast chicken. Of course, the children may take one look and say, ‘Yuck.’ (Much sshing, don’t be rude from the parents.) I which case peas n carrots as usual shall suffice.

    • Theresa
      November 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

      Most children I know love cauliflower! I sure did as a kid.

  2. Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie
    November 20, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I LOVE cauliflower puree, sometimes even more than traditional mashed potatoes. The fact that you added a bay leaf reminds me that I under-use that herb so much. I need to start throwing it in things for extra flavor. :)

    • Theresa
      November 22, 2012 at 9:59 am

      flavour and aromatics…I am thankful today for herbs. LOL

  3. Belinda @zomppa
    November 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Love this! Great alternative to potatoes – looks creamy.

    • Theresa
      November 22, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Thanks, Belinda! It’s a favourite around here…

  4. Jami
    February 4, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I made this and it was great…and lasted me for 4 meals and warms up perfectly in the microwave for leftovers. They filled me up just like potatoes…perfect for dipping each bite of meat into! Yum. I was more generous with garlic than the recipe.

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