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Cauliflower Mash

Cauliflower Mash

So, if rhubarb sorbet is my new favorite dessert, this cauliflower mash is my new favorite side dish. Composed of a whopping four ingredients, this almost doesn’t merit being called a recipe. I wouldn’t have believed the breathless comparisons to mashed potatoes – minus the junk that makes mashed potatoes guilt-ridden – had I not eaten them myself. The mystery here is that they possess that same satisfyingly creamy quality beloved in mashed potatoes, but there is absolutely no cream added, and none needed! The four ingredients? Cauliflower, mustard, butter, black pepper. (Okay, and salt.) Amazing.

This Cauliflower Mash recipe is part of the March Seasonal Food Guide.

Yield: 4 Servings

1 large head cauliflower, rinsed, cored and chopped
1 tablespoon grain mustard
1 tablespoon butter
lots of freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When boiling, add cauliflower and boil until fork tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain, reserving just a little bit of water (about 2-3 tablespoons.) Add the mustard and butter. Using an immersion blender or an electric mixer, beat until creamed. Season with lots of cracked black pepper and salt to your liking.

You could also add some fresh, chopped herbs or grated cheese if you’d like. Enjoy!

  • Rachel - I literally printed out a recipe for this yesterday.. yours looks much more simple though. I’m going to try it out this weekend :)


  • kimberley - You are welcome! I think it’s the simplicity of this that makes it so awesome. :)ReplyCancel

  • BiancaSasha - I love this healthy spin on mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes get a bad rap, but this certainly brings them back to their true, simple and tasty glory!


  • Nicole - This has my name written all over it. I absolutely love cauliflower! Looking forward to trying this preparation.ReplyCancel

  • Mika - Cauliflower with butter, never tried…
    Nice recipe, simple and perfect for the cauliflower lovers like me…ReplyCancel

  • Joanne - These are so lovely! I love how simple they are and the fact that they are chock full of vitamins. I’ve made mashed cauliflower before with goat cheese mixed in…to die for!ReplyCancel

  • Tine - I love this recipe!
    An unique way to eat cauliflower. And so easy!ReplyCancel

  • kimberley - @BiancaSasha: Don’t get me wrong, I love me some mashed potatoes! But not as a regular feature on the plate. :)
    @Nicole: Ah yes, I remember that you are a big cauliflower fan! It’s so yummy. You’ll love it.
    @Mika: It is all of those things. Enjoy!
    @Joanne: This is right up your alley! I’ll have to try it with goat cheese next time. So many options.
    @Tine: Indeed!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda - How fun! And, even better, cauliflower is one vegetable that is unanimously loved in our family. I know this will be a winner.ReplyCancel

  • Kankana - what a great dish :) love the click tooReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Gorgeous. I like the restrained use of butter, and the mustard. Do you think it would stand up to a bit of horseradish as well?ReplyCancel

  • kimberley - @Elizabeth: Horseradish, absolutely! In fact, I had wanted to make it with wasabi but didn’t have any on hand. Also, the mustard I used was a spicy one.ReplyCancel

  • Feast on the Cheap - I love this! I’m making this asap…and I just picked up my first bunch of rhubarb. I’m whipping up a rhubarb compote to top vanilla ice cream. Love the looks of your sorbet….ReplyCancel

  • laura - love love love this! esp as it doesn’t involve heavy cream. fyi, trader joe’s has an awesome whole grain dijon. can’t wait to try it with this recipe. saving this to my online recipe book ( thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth @ Saffron Lane - This great-looking recipe reminds me of a “creamy” cauliflower soup I make. It also tastes incredibly decant without an ounce of cream. I’ll bet this would also be fabulous if you oven-roasted the cauliflower until lightly caramelized before whipping together.

    Thanks for the inspiration, once again!ReplyCancel

  • Marissa - Trying this today and REALLY looking forward to it!

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