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Paleo: cauliflower mash

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Somebody stop me!
Really I need help...

Whatever possesses me to try new recipes with toddlers pulling at my apron strings, I have no idea! Crying toddlers, faulty kitchen equipment and me do not mix. Warning, do not try this at home! emoticon

My attempt at this recipe was unsuccessful. The Hamilton Beach food processor & the plan B Hamilton Beach Blender did not perform well in producing the promised luxurious creaminess. I do not blame the recipe, after all the pictures looked like "creamy mashed potatoes" sans the starch! I was ready for paleo bliss, what one commenter described as gastronomical heaven!

Recipe from www.primal-palate.com
1 head of cauliflower
1 tablespoon of grass fed butter or coconut oil (both optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped chives (optional)
Rinse cauliflower under cool water.
Trim florets from the base of the cauliflower.
Place a steamer basket in a large soup pot and fill the bottom of the pot with water.
Place cauliflower florets into the steamer basket, cover with a lid and turn burner onto medium heat.
Steam cauliflower until fork tender. About 10-15 minutes.
Place steamed cauliflower into a food processor or high speed blender.
Season generously with salt and pepper.
Add a tablespoon of butter or coconut oil if desired.
Puree until smooth, and serve.
Optional garnish is to top with chopped chives."

Was it the toddlers? Was it my equipment? Was it my attitude? Something went seriously wrong...mine turned out lumpy, bumpy and cold. One good thing, I modified the recipe to include curry--I can say yum to that.

Do you have a success story for your Paleo Cauliflower Mash? I'd like to hear it! Help is needed!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I've been wanting to try this. Right now I have two toddlers pulling at my apron strings while making dinner too. Maybe I'll try it on weekend when my husband is playing with the kids. :)
    Good Luck with your blender issues.
    2024 days ago
    OOOoooooh. A stick blender! Why didn't I think of that? Good ladies! Very good.
    2025 days ago
    I've had great success using frozen cauliflower. I use the recipe in Well Fed. It's quite similar to what you've posted. You follow the cauliflower preparation as written on the bag. The stick blender does a great job.
    2026 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/9/2012 1:33:47 AM
  • 1935MARY
    Boiling the cauliflower will do better. A lot of people try to steam veggies to lock in nutrients, but in some recipes it does not work well. Two ideals to try are: Steam them longer or boil them in as little water as possible. By boiling them in a little water you can use some of it to add with butter and/or cream when pureeing. Also you can purchase a stick blender at Walmart that is very helpful. It saves breaking out blender, or food processor, plus you can use it in the pot. Don't be afraid to add a little cream to it. Sometimes we don't like to add extra things that add calories, but sometimes the recipe needs it.
    2026 days ago
    I tried it once, and it did not come out smooth at all. It tasted good, but it was definately still a different texture.
    2026 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    I have never made these cauliflower mash but I'm thinking when using blender use more liquids and have the blender on for minute or more just might make it creamier.
    2026 days ago
  • 1935MARY
    I have not tried this but I thought about it. My husband would not eat it if he knew it was not potatoes. My oldest son said to star out my using half and half. Half potatoes, real or instant and half cauliflower and my husband wouldn't know it. He has made it,said the right seasoning and it did taste like potatoes. I am seeing him latter I am going to ask about this.
    2026 days ago
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