Make Ahead

Herbed Cauliflower Mash

October  1, 2010
0 Ratings
  • Serves 4
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

What You'll Need
  • 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.

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6 Reviews

Martha L. November 26, 2014
Can I substitute Greek yogurt for the cream??
adamnsvetcooking October 3, 2010
i never would have think to use bourbon with cauliflower...
Sagegreen October 3, 2010
Just a little bit! I had started using bourbon with my beef and cauliflower stroganoff. I use vodka for my chicken version.
Lizthechef October 1, 2010
I'm making these for Sunday supper, along with some roasted fish. Love that Hungarian paprika!
Sagegreen October 1, 2010
Thanks, Lizthechef! Roasted fish with this would be great.
Sagegreen October 2, 2010
I just modified this recipe a bit. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know if you have any suggestions.