2. Drop leaves onto the steamer and sprinkle lightly with salt. Add half the cauliflower, all the garlic, then remaining cauliflower. Sprinkle lightly with more salt. Cover and steam over medium-high heat 8 minutes, or until cauliflower is so tender a knife just slips into it.
3. Drain in a colander, turn into a food processor fitted with the steel knife, and add butter and oil. Puree until smooth. Season to taste with pepper, nutmeg, and more salt if needed. Serve immediately, or refrigerate, covered, and reheat later.
© Copyright 2005 Lynne Rossetto Kasper
Diane St. Clair, author of The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook, provides butter to chefs like Thomas Keller. She also bottles the delicious by-product: buttermilk.