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Cauliflower-Leek Puree

This post dates back to our Valentine’s day dinner… (remember I’m severely behind on blog post)! Since I was traveling the week prior to Valentine’s Day I had very little desire to go out to eat for Valentine’s so instead, we decided to stay in and cook a nice meal. 
My husband took on the grilling duties for the steak and lobster, and we placed the asparagus in a tin foil pouch with some salt, pepper, and olive oil. I had the responsibilities of making the side dish.  I was itching to make something new since it felt like I hadn’t been in the kitchen in week’s. I had ripped out this recipe while I was going through all my magazines, and felt like this was a “high-end” like side dish to complete our lobster and steak Valentine’s dinner. 
Can I just say that this is very easy to make, and is a great substitute for mashed potatoes. We both went back to the kitchen to re-fill our ramekins of this amazing puree. Even if you aren’t planning on having a swanky dinner anytime soon… make this side dish, pronto! 

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Serves: 8


  • 2 heads cauliflower (about 3 1/2 pounds), coarsely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

1. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the cauliflower until very soft, 12 to 15 minutes; drain.
2. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, melt 3 1/2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the leek and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leek is translucent and very soft, about 8 minutes.
3. Using a food processor and working in batches, puree the cauliflower and the leek mixture with the cream.
4. In a small skillet, melt the remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add the panko and toast, tossing, until golden. Top the puree with the toasted panko and the parsley.


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4 Responses to “Cauliflower-Leek Puree”

  1. judee@glutenfreeA-Z posted on March 31, 2011 at 7:30 pm (#)

    Sounds devine. I love cauliflour. Can't wait to try to make it.. thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. Lisa posted on April 1, 2011 at 12:00 am (#)

    Mmm, I just love cauliflower and this sounds like a great alternative to mashed potatoes.

  3. Little Brick Ranch posted on April 1, 2011 at 2:08 pm (#)

    Cauliflower is such an amazingly versatile food and looking like this I bet it is SUPER delicious!! If you get a sec, pop on over to Foodie Friday and link up! Oh, and I found you on Fireflies and Jellybeans! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. While They Snooze posted on May 20, 2011 at 1:03 am (#)

    Finally made this tonight! So good! Jamey hates cauliflower and even he liked it ๐Ÿ™‚

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