It’s summer. Time to eat a little cleaner, am I right? Summer means the sun beckons me outside, therefore, my body needs less heavy foods and better choices to feel bright and ready to take on the day.
Dinner the other night was going to be a fish dish. You can find that recipe here. I knew I was charring some asparagus, but wasn’t sure what else to do. I thought mashed potatoes, but they felt too heavy. So I do what I always do. Explore my fridge. And there it was… cauliflower. Cauliflower puree.
Also, thanks for bearing through my clunky mashup up above. Look, it took me awhile to get decent at photos. Video is going to also be a process…
1 head cauliflower
1.5 cups water, boiled (I will get to this in a second)
4 tbs unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
The dish really is that easy. You could absolutely add cheese or extra spices to this dish to explode the flavor. Cauliflower really absorbs what you mix it with as the vegetable itself doesn’t have much flavor. But for a simple, pure, puree… do the above.
First, boil a pot of water and set a steamer basket in it. Take your cauliflower and cut the florets away from the base. Rough cut the larger florets for more uniform steaming. Place in the steamer basket and steam until tender. You should be able to poke a fork easily through the vegetable; about 12 minutes.
While that is steaming, mince your garlic. Cut 4 tablespoons of butter. Set to the side. Grab your blender. Once the cauliflower is done, place half in the blender (or food processor).
You know when you steam broccoli and the water you dump out afterwards is green? Ther’s because nutrients from the broccoli are getting into that steam water. Think of it like a broccoli stalk. Same idea here. Which is why we are going to use the steam water to thin out and flavor our puree. So…pour in about 3/4 cup of the water left in the pot from steaming onto the cauliflower in the blender. Add a few cracks of salt and pepper from your grinders. Puree on smoothie setting for 3 minutes.
Next, add the rest of the cauliflower. Pour in 3/4 cup of steam water. Add the butter and garlic. Add a few more cracks of salt and pepper from your grinders. Puree on smoothie setting for 3 minutes until everything is mixed together.
Voila. You have puree. Pour from blender into a bowl to serve from. Add to the bottom of a plate. You could even eat this on its own in a bowl like soup. Plenty of options for what to do with it.
For me, I used it for the base of this fish dish. Recipe here.