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Cauliflower Puree


To garnish this creamy side dish, saute a few sliced cauliflower florets in a bit of butter until tender and lightly golden.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: EARL CARTER

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2003


  • 1 head (1 3/4 pounds) cauliflower, stem and tough stalks trimmed, florets roughly chopped
  • 1 cup water or chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Combine cauliflower and water or chicken stock in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until cauliflower is very tender, about 10 minutes.

  2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cauliflower to the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons cooking liquid, 15 to 20 seconds. Add sour cream and butter, and process 5 to 10 seconds more. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

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  • ChirpE
    28 MAY, 2012
    Very good. I added ground cumin too.
  • tedscutti
    24 DEC, 2009
    A simple and delicious recipe. This is a great alternative to mashed potatoes.