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Mashed Cauliflower

on January 22, 2013

At long last, I’m posting my recipe for mashed cauliflower! I’ve been asked for it several times over the last few months but I’m lazy. I made it to top shepherd’s pie for dinner tonight.


2 heads fresh cauliflower or 2 16oz bags frozen cauliflower

1/2 stick butter

1/3 cup milk or heavy cream

1/4-1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

If you’re using fresh cauliflower cut it into large pieces and remove the tough central stem. Put the pieces in a pot of boiling water. If you’re using frozen, just put it in the boiling water. Boil until the cauliflower is really tender. It would be considered overcooked if you were eating it alone but for this it needs to be soft.

Drain the cauliflower and put it back in the now empty pot with the butter, milk and parmesan cheese. Use a potato masher and mash until it is creamy and sort of smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

The reason for using the parmesan cheese is it acts as a binder. With mashed potatoes the natural starch helps it hold together but since cauliflower is lacking starch you need something else.

If you want to add a little extra flavor you can peel and cube up a celery root and cook it with the cauliflower. Celery root usually takes a bit longer to get soft to boil it for a few minutes before you add the cauliflower. It has a very mild celery flavor and I really like it. I didn’t have any today so this batch is celery root free.

Now that you know how to make mashed cauliflower, it can be used for just about anything that calls for mashed potatoes. I use it for shepherd’s pie and also for a side dish when I’m making gravy. Enjoy!


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