Cauliflower-Garlic 'Mashed Potatoes'

Creatas
Ingredients

  • 2 large heads cauliflower (preferably organic)
  • 10 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons good-tasting butter
  • 6 tablespoons good-tasting extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


Instructions

1. Cook in two batches. Set a collapsible steamer basket in a 6-quart pot. Add water to come just above the bottom of the steamer. Cover and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, wash cauliflower and its leaves. Cut leaves into thin slices. Break cauliflower into flowerettes.

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

Tags: 
butter
Prep time: 
15 minutes
Cook time: 
15 minutes
Total time: 
30 minutes
Yield: 
Serves 16 to 18 as part of a large menu
  • Oatmeal for breakfast will make you happier, and three other tips

    "The happiest people in the world interact about 7 hours a day," says Dan Buettner, author of Thrive. "They don't just wake up in the morning and schedule 7 hours of interaction. A lot of it happens to revolve around food and the rituals that surround food." Buettner circled the globe in search of the world's happiest populations -- he shares four tips with The Splendid Table.

Top Recipes

Lynne's Mailbox

What is the best way to hard boil an egg?

Dear Lynne, Why is it so difficult to hard boil an egg? I get a green ring around the yolk, or I peel the egg and take half the white with it.