Cauliflower-Garlic 'Mashed Potatoes'


  • 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
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
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

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Serves 16 to 18 as part of a large menu

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