Roasted and Pureed Cauliflower

Total Time:
45 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
8 serving
Level:
Intermediate

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

On a sheet tray, spread 1/4 of the florets with the oil, season with salt and bake until caramelized, about 25 minutes. Meanwhile, combine remaining cauliflower, milk and half a teaspoon of salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a simmer, cover, and cook until cauliflower is tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Strain cauliflower from milk mixture, reserving both. Transfer cauliflower to a blender. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and butter to the blender. Add half of the reserved milk liquid. Secure top on blender and puree mixture until smooth. If mixture is too thick, thin by adding some of the remaining liquid. Season, to taste. Serve in a large serving bowl topped with caramelized florets and chives.


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Took the advice of prior reviewers and added some parmesan cheese and crumbled some crisp bacon on top.....delicious.  I don't think the roasted cauliflower adds that much to the dish and I won't bother with that again.  I cooked the cauliflower in almond milk, which worked very well, and didn't need to add any liquid for a luciously smooth puree.  I'm beginning to love this vegetable. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this dish for a dinner party and everyone loved it!!! great complement to chicken with 40 cloves of garlic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
That is really perfect dish. The pure gives a chance to try modification. I haven't added neither cheese ( though it might be interesting) nor cream but some nutmeg and white pepper only. A sort of problem it was to roast florets evenly, they tend to get black on the top no matter how precisely oiled. Anyway five starts without a doubt item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was amazing. I've seen this made on many of the cooking shows, and thought I would try it. It was so good and very easy. I used 2% milk because that's what we buy and it came out great. Next time I'll try fat free canned milk. Just wondering if I could freeze this? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for a recipe for mock mashed potatoes when I stumbled upon this. I halved the recipe since I live alone. Like many others, I added parmesan cheese then took it one step further and added a few slices of crispy bacon. These two ingredients made the dish. That's the reason for the four star rating. As written, it's four stars. Adding the cheese and bacon puts it over the top and into five star territory. I'm surprised this wasn't part of Guy's original recipe. Interestingly, some reviewers recommended not using the liquid to puree. I found that it was impossible to puree the cauliflower without the liquid. You just need to be very cautious with the amount you use. A definite repeat! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good and so easy! I roasted garlic with my cauliflower and then added it to my puree. I found that my puree was too thin so I added a few small potatoes to the mixture and it turned out fantastic. Adding parmesan is also really tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Enjoyed this very much. I enjoyed the roasted a little more than the puree but the Misses was just the opposite. Wish I had read the comments. Will definately try adding the parmesan to the puree next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quite delicious! Added a little sour cream and Parmesan and it was even better. Be careful not to over blend them. Loved this better than the mashed potatoes that were served. Definitely don't add the milk! Too runny. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent. Only change was to not add the milk when making the puree as others suggested. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was Aa-ma-zing! I was a little skeptical so I boiled a few potatoes just in case & I ended up not needing them. (I used them instead for a potato & veggie scramble the next morning Just like mashed potatoes. It fooled everyone! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Terrific. Don't add milk to blender unless it is too thick. I didn't have enough cauliflower for the amount i needed so boiled a white sweet potato along with the cauliflower. Result was a huge success...even with those who claim to hate cauliflower. item not reviewed by moderator and published
loved the pureed cauli, i added parm and was even better. thanks guy item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not bad! I liked it more for the healthfulness of the dish than for the taste. It's also a great substitute for mashed potatoes for anyone on a low carb diet aka South Beach! I liked the texture of part mashed and part lumpy cauliflower. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used low fat milk and nonfat half and half to cook the cauliflower in and this was not half bad:-. In an attempt to cut calories also used Smart Balance instead of real butter (which I miss of course, who doesn't?. So keep in mind I altered this recipe to avoid a heart attack. Found it to be pretty good despite my changes, would recommend this recipe since every other recipe I looked at for cauliflower added a high fat content which is sad., since I bought fresh cauliflower (only in summer in Ohio can you buy it home-grown and I wanted a healthy recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum! Try it with a little nutmeg :P item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved the simplicity of this recipe. It is a great alternative to mashed potatos or just a great way to enjoy cauliflower that I've never seen before. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious Substitute!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used some Paleo modifications - I used chicken broth instead of milk, and it still came out great. Simple, quick, healthy substitute for mashed potatoes for those avoiding a crazy carbohydrate crash and blood sugar spike. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was awesome!!! Great flavor!! Just add a little milk (not half as recipe indicates). item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this! I too added too much milk. I would start out adding less than half of the milk and then add more as needed. REally fantastic though. This recipe has replaced mashed potatoes in our house! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this as a low carb alternative to mashed potatoes we, enjoyed it much more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really great flavor...really simple recipe! My kids even went back for seconds! One tip - when you're adding salt to taste, simply stir it in. I added it to the blender and over-pureed just a bit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
excellent flavor!! I loved the garnish, my husband also said it was like baby food, but again what flavor... !!! the milk that was left over was soo good, I drank it all. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good! I added too much milk to the blender, and it came out a bit soupy. Next time, I would leave more chunks, as my wife said it had the consistency of baby food! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only had skim milk and it was still great. Very smooth and having the roasted pieces on top really made the dish. The dogs got the left over milk and cauliflower bits on their food and loved it :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved it! I also used the leftover milk from the cauliflower and cooked beets in it and make a beets puree and it was deliciuos! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I use a food processor instead of the blender. Also be careful of covered-cauliflower overflowing when going to boil. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't have whole milk in the fridge so I used 1% milk... still AMAZINGLY delicious. I'm really very impressed with how simple, healthy and yummy this recipe is. Forget mashed potatoes... this is my new go to recipe for a side dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have openly hated cauliflower my whole life, but this recipe has completely changed my tune. I took other users' advice and added a couple cloves of garlic during the simmer and it was amazing! Dare I say, I might actually prefer this recipe to mashed potatoes. This is crazy. Thanks, Guy!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Did a lighter take on this. Used skim milk, fresh garlic in the boil, and dill in the food processor with a little sweet butter so utterly amazing!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree. This is an awesome recipe, however the only way I could talk my boyfriend into trying it as a potato substitute was if I added some cheese so I added about 1/4 cup grated parmesan and it actually added some really nice flavour to the cauliflower. I also simmered two garlic cloves with the cauliflower and blended them in with the rest. I loved it, and compared to mashed potatoes, it's relatively guilt free. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so good! Nice and creamy texture yet contrasted with the nutty, roasted cauliflower on top. A perfect substitute for mashed potatoes. A wonderful side dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I AM NOT REALLY A FAN OF CAULIFLOWER AND WE EAT TOO MUCH CHEESE AS IT IS!! SO THIS IS FABULOUSLY TASTING AND GREAT WAY TO AVOID MASHED POTATOES ONCE AND A GREAT WAY TO SERVE IT WITHOUT CHEESE! I ADDED TOO MUCH MILK AND AM GOING TO TRY AND CUT THE BUTTER IN HALF AND SEE HOW IT TURNS OUT NEXT TIME! GARLIC IS A SUPER GREAT ADDITION. WE WILL BE MAKING THIS DISH FOR MANY YEARS TO COME!!!! GOOD JOB GUY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy to make, and so tasty. Didn't have any whole milk, so used a can of evaporated milk diluted with water to equal the whole milk. This provided a rich creamy flavor. The fresh cauliflower had a hint of sweetness that was delicious. I'd choose this dish over mashed potatoes anytime. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was excited but not quite sure about this. LOVE it and can't wait to do more with it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I made this recipe, I smashed two cloves of Garlic and tossed it in the milk with the cauliflower. Then for the cauliflower to be roasted I used the olive oil and seasoned with garlic salt. TALK ABOUT YUMMY!!!!! That it was. If you are wondering yes, I tossed both the garlic cloves and cauliflower in to the blender and pureed. NOTE add less of the milk reserve to blender at the beginning you can always add more for the consistency. Thanks for the hint of nutmeg I will try that on my next batch of YUM YUM Roasted and Pureed Cauliflower item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor of this was great, I added a little nutmeg too like people suggested. Was a great substitute for mashed potatoes that we normally make with Alton Brown's grilled pork tenderloin - definitely a great combo of flavors! My only problem is how runny it is. I know it's a puree though so it shouldn't be too thick. Going to maybe mash them next time instead of blend! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We made the South Beach version before and did not care for it. This was excellent. My husband could not believe it was cauliflower. We added some milk and it was a bit runny. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is awesome. The taste is incredible. My husband who grew up on mashed potatoes didn't know it was cauliflower until i told him. I added a little minced garlic and a touch of nutmeg and it was perfect. My husband doesn't like chives so I left them out. Definitely will make again and again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is FABULOUS! I didn't add any of the milk back in - it was creamy enough without. Important to add enough salt and butter. (I added a bit more than the recipe suggested.) I turned it into a fantastic vegetarian main dish by putting a scoop of the puree on the bottom of a bistro bowl, and then adding roasted vegetables on top (sweet potato, onion, celery, etc), and topped with the chives. YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this recipe not to be a keeper. There's nothing stand-out about the taste. It does turn out like soup (thus the 'pureed' in the title) and i felt like i was eating baby food. It was a good try but just not all that exciting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best!!! When I watched the show while Guy was making this, he did not add any liquid to the puree until he seen the consistency. I did not add any liquid, mine was perfect after pureeing it. FANTASTIC AND YUMMY!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I absolutely loved the pureed cauliflower. I used a combination of half and half with non-fat milk. It was smooth, creamy, buttery and delicious. I did not roast any of the cauliflower or use the chives. It was great and super simple! item not reviewed by moderator and published
EXCELLENT substitute for mashed potatoes on a low carb "diet" item not reviewed by moderator and published
Cauliflower is not my favorite vegetable, but OMG. This is the best pureed cauliflower I have ever had. I added a little bit of good olive oil and gray salt with the dish and it turn out delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cooked dinner for my family one night because my mom had a procedure done. So, I wanted something light and delicious for a side dish. It was pretty good. I just didn't like the roasted cauliflower. And the chives with the puree took it to another level and it made it better! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was SO good. I made this for my dad as a side dish for a roasted salmon since he is getting a bunch of dental work done and it is so delish! It is a bit sweet from roasting, but so good. I put some fresh thyme and grated garlic in it along with a little bit of butter. This is a very good side dish for really any meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Never liked cauliflower, but have just started a low-card diet and this recipe rocked! I used a pinch of nutmeg and it gave it that taste, that delicious taste that makes you say, "Ummmmmm goooooooood, what is that?" item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cauliflower recipe was so yummy! I have to say I was a little bit skeptical and really didn't think that these were going to be as delicous as they were. I would definately say that they are just as good if not better than mashed potatoes and they were so easy to make. I used fat free milk because that's what I always keep in the fridge and they turned out wonderfully. I've often tried 5 star recipes off of foodnetwork.com and thought that they didn't deserve all five stars, but this recipe definately does. It's easy, delicious, and healthy if you use a lower fat milk (even with whole milk, they're more healthy than mashed potatoes) I'm sure I'll be making these again and again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this twice and it is awesome!! I have thouhg tried it with 1% milk, and even soy milk, it works with both and we enjoy it. I am watching the carbs. I do have a question if anyone knows> It comes out thin, and I didn't add any liquid, any ideas how to thicken it? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe. I added roasted garlic and grated parmesan cheese during the puree process. I also used more butter than this recipe calls for. Our kid's thought they were mashed potato's. I was happy to find a new way to make cauliflower. Loved the taste! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I halved this recipe since there were only four of us and it was the perfect amount. We had guests and they loved it...one of them asked me to email him the recipe. It's easy to make and nice and light! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Cooking the cauliflower in milk rather than water gave this recipe a creamier, more potato - y flavor. Curious looks - and wrinkled noses - when I explained the recipe, but lots of semi-surprised compliments after tasting. A real winner with my family. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw the show when Guy made this and this is what he said about the milk broth; you may or may not need it. It depends on how thick you like it. He also said that you can "go where you like" with the butter. I do plan to make it because it looked and sounded so good. I will review it again when I do. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have not made this recipe yet but totally plan to. I would like some more input on how others made it since I don't really remember Guy adding the reserved milk broth either. So did you add it or didn't you? I, like another reviewer, also believe he added quite a bit more butter on the show than the recipe calls for. What did you do? Butter to taste? Thanks for your input. I can't wait to try it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Im gonna WATCH MORE OF YOU , GUY! This was such a nice change from the forever cauliflower with cheese dish! Fresh and the roasted florets on top were very very nice to see. Thank you so much. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Honestly I've had a hard time with vegatables most of my life and until recently I wouldn't have touched this dish with a 10 food pole assuming it would be discusting. I loved it and was shocked. I kept wanting to add garlic or other things while I was making it but it was really good as it was. I used skim milk instead of cream so it would be lower fat and we ended up adding pepper and some parmesean cheese for fun after we had eaten most of it. Love it! Will surely make again yay! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made these literally about 10 minutes ago with the chicken. They are SO good is unreal. My son said these are "Better potatoes than Nana makes!" lol If you knew my mom and how she cooks, you would know how much those words mean!! The taste is unbeleievable! Thanks Guy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i HAVE MADE THIS BEFORE BUT NOT THE SAME WAY. IT DIDN'T HAVE ALL THE ADDED GOODIES IN IT. SOUNDS REALLY GOOD AND I KNOW THAT PUREED CALIFLOWER IS REALLY GOOD. YOU WOULD SWEAR IT WAS REAL MASHED POTATOES. AND BETTER FOR YOU. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I enjoyed the idea of this recipe but it was confusing to see how Guy made it on tv vs. how he says to make it here. He added over a half a cube of butter on tv (but far less is asked for in his written recipe). On tv he did not add any of the milk to the final product when you blend them; yet, in the recipe he says to add half the milk! If you add half, it is very runny. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't do mashed potatoes (carbs) and this is a great alternative. So yummy that I wanted to make this my whole meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love cauliflower and adding a new twist makes even better. Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
how much bacon and how much cheese? item not reviewed by moderator and published

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