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Smashed Garlic Cauliflower

Cauliflower seems to creep its way into many a paleo/gluten-free recipe. Mock pizza crust, mock tater tot, mock this, mock that. We can call smashed cauliflower ‘mashed potatoes’ or fauxtatoes, if you’d like, but maybe we can celebrate them in all their vegetable glory and not hide behind clever names. This isn’t one of those silky purees you find under meat in fancy restaurants (though I can share those tips another time), this is a rustic, garlicky smashed cauliflower that did not impress my toddler, but may impress yours.

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  1. Steam one head of cauliflower and 3 peeled garlic cloves until it is soft (softer than if you were eating it as is) about 10-12 minutes.
  2. Remove cauliflower and garlic and place in food processor with butter, salt and pepper.
  3. Puree until smooth or as I like it, a bit rustic with a few lumps! Alternatively, you can use a potato masher and mash the cauliflower.
  4. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if necessary.
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11 comments

  1. Gloria Duggan says:

    You know I really love cooking/eating cauliflower this way. It makes such a great change from mashed potatoes…however I do love those too. Garlic makes everything taste better too!!

    • leslie-anne weeks says:

      Garlic (and ghee!) makes everything better. It is a nice change from mashed potatoes and feels a bit lighter. Happy Thanksgiving, Gloria!

    • leslie-anne weeks says:

      Still haven’t learned to love it. Neither will eat cauliflower? Perhaps a genetic disposition to delicious mashed veggies?

  2. Earth, Food,and Fire says:

    This sounds like a good recipe for baby food! We have a 2 month old, so I am on the hunt for easy healthy recipes I will be able to make and freeze ahead for future use.

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