Herbed Cauliflower Mash

By • October 1, 2010 • 5 Comments

Author Notes: Adapted from the South Beach cauliflower mashed "potato" recipe, I am offering a version that is more flavor packed, and a bit less healthy, but pretty healthy. I love using the cream with this because it keeps this dish plenty moist, while at the same time keeping it from getting runny. Although intended as a savory side dish, sometimes I just enjoy having this all on its own with a spoonful of sour cream.Sagegreen

Serves 4

  • 2-3 teaspoons sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 1 ounce olive oil (or unsalted butter if you prefer)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
  • 2 cippolini onions, finely chopped
  • 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced and chopped (baby bella used here)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh milled fennel seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh milled black pepper
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 1 small splash of bourbon (honey bourbon is nice here)
  • 4 cups steamed cauliflower florets
  • 1 ounce heavy cream (or half and half)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
  • dollop of sour cream, fage or creme fraiche, optional garnish if a la carte
  • sprigs of fresh herb-parsley, dill, chive
  1. Heat a saute pan; stir in the paprika. Next add in the olive oil (or butter). Add salt, pepper, and fennel; stir. Add and saute the garlic, onions, and mushrooms until caramelized. Then add a light splash of bourbon to deglaze the pan. Remove from heat.
  2. Puree the steamed cauliflower in a blender or food processor. Next add the cream (or half and half). Then stir in the sauteed vegetables. Reheat, season with salt and pepper, if needed; evenly mix in the fresh herbs and serve warm with more fresh herbs. Add the optional garnish of sour cream, fage or creme fraiche if serving on its own.

Tags: comfort food, creamy, savory

Comments (5) Questions (0)


almost 4 years ago adamnsvetcooking

i never would have think to use bourbon with cauliflower...


almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Just a little bit! I had started using bourbon with my beef and cauliflower stroganoff. I use vodka for my chicken version.


almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

I'm making these for Sunday supper, along with some roasted fish. Love that Hungarian paprika!


almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, Lizthechef! Roasted fish with this would be great.


almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

I just modified this recipe a bit. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know if you have any suggestions.