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Brown Butter Cauliflower Mash

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 15 mins
Yield Makes about 6 servings (3 1/2 cups)
This mashed cauliflower recipe is an alternative to mashed potatoes and features pureed cauliflower flavored with browned butter and Parmesan cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 head medium cauliflower (about 2 lb.), chopped*
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Garnish: fresh chives

How to Make It

  1. Fill a large Dutch oven with water to depth of 1/4 inch. Arrange cauliflower in Dutch oven. Cook, covered, over medium-high heat 7 to 10 minutes or until tender. Drain.

  2. Process cauliflower, sour cream, salt, and pepper in a food processor 30 seconds to 1 minute or until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Stir in Parmesan cheese and chives. Place in a bowl.

  3. If desired, microwave mixture at HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring at 1-minute intervals.

  4. Cook butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, 4 to 5 minutes or until butter begins to turn golden brown. Remove from heat, and immediately drizzle butter over cauliflower mixture. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.

  5. *2 (16-oz.) bags frozen cauliflower may be substituted. Cook cauliflower according to package directions. Proceed with recipe as directed, beginning with Step