Recipe: Paleo Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan & Truffle Oil

Paleo Mashed Cauliflower

Like pancakes and whipped cream, I never knew I would miss mashed potatoes until I went Paleo. They were always just sort of eh for me--I'd eat them if they were in front of me, but I really never went out of my way to make them myself.

The other day I bought a head of cauliflower with no real idea of what to do with it, so I decided to cook it quickly and blend it up in an attempt to serve a mashed potato-like dish at a dinner party Rob and I were hosting. I threw some truffle oil in and finished it off with Parmesan, and the result was simultaneously sophisticated and totally comforting. A perfect winter dish!

Paleo Mashed Cauliflower

Paleo Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan & Truffle Oil

Ingredients: 

  • One head of cauliflower, washed and chopped
  • Six to eight cups of water for cooking
  • One clove of garlic
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon truffle oil
  • Two tablespoons of grass-fed butter
  • A splash of full-fat coconut or almond milk (optional)
  • Several tablespoons of Parmesan cheese (also optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions: 

  1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook for about ten minutes, or until the florets are fork-tender.
  2. Remove from heat, drain water and set cauliflower aside for the moment. (If you're using a blender, you can blend the cauliflower now. Otherwise it's going back in the pot to be mashed with an immersion blender or a simple wooden spoon.)
  3. Over medium heat, saute the garlic in a bit of the butter. Turn off heat and return the cauliflower to pot. Add the rest of the butter.
  4. With an immersion blender, blend the cauliflower until it is at your desired lumpiness/creaminess. If it's too thick, feel free to add a splash of coconut or almond milk (or more butter, I won't judge you).
  5. Season with salt, pepper, and truffle oil--do the truffle oil a bit at a time as it can easily become overpowering.
  6. Transfer mashed cauliflower to an oven-safe dish, top with Parmesan, and place in the oven on broil to brown the cheese (it only takes a few minutes--stay there and watch it to ensure it doesn't burn). Serve and enjoy!
Paleo Mashed Cauliflower
Paleo Mashed Cauliflower
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