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Smashed Garlic Cauliflower - Paleo + Whole30 Recipe

Smashed Garlic Cauliflower

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Cauliflower seems to creep its way into many paleo and gluten-free recipes. Mock pizza crust, mock tater tot, mock this, mock that. We can call smashed cauliflower ‘mashed potatoes’ or fauxtatoes if you’d like, but let’s just celebrate them in all their vegetable glory and not hide behind clever names. This smashed garlic cauliflower recipe isn’t one of those silky purees you find under meat in fancy restaurants (though I can share those tips another time), this garlicky smashed cauliflower is rustic and comforting and the perfect side for both a Sunday roast or a weekday rotisserie chicken.

The trick to this smashed cauliflower is to steam the cauliflower a bit more than you would to eat it whole. The softness of the cauliflower and the steamed garlic make for a really nice smashed cauliflower texture. Smashing the cauliflower with ghee makes it taste rich and creamy, I love the ghee from Lee’s Ghee because it’s so flavourful and Canadian made with organic butter.

Smashed Garlic Cauliflower - Paleo + Whole30 Recipe

MORE CAULIFLOWER RECIPES TO TRY

Turmeric Coconut Cauliflower Rice
Paleo Cauliflower Tabbouleh
Coconut Green Curry + Cauliflower Rice 


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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. Alternatively, use a hand-held masher but the texture will be more coarse.
  3. Puree or mash until smooth or as I like it, a bit rustic with a few lumps!
  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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