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Inside The Kitchen: Cauliflower-Leek Puree

I’ve been obsessing over cauliflower as of late. Don’t ask me why, but I am on a mission to try to find ways to make side dishes my kids will eat using a variety of vegetables. I am so limited – I eat like a 4 year old and I really don’t want my kids to grow up with my bad habits. So I am learning to like alongside with them. 🙂

I found this recipe for Cauliflower-Leek Puree inside a Rachael Ray magazine and MAN was it tasty! Dieters… please ignore this post.

I also want to point out that my local market sells cauliflower pre-chopped. So, I bought it like that. Hey! If I can save a few minutes of aggravation in the kitchen, I’m all for it.

* 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

  • In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the cauliflower until very soft, 12 to 15 minutes; drain.

  • 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.

  • Using a food processor and working in batches, puree the cauliflower and the leek mixture with the cream. — This is what you were supposed to do but I don’t have a food processor…. so first I combined the ingredients and added the cream.

  • THEN I mashed everything to a pulpy form.

  • AND used my MAGIC BULLET to puree everything in batches. LOL! It was insane – but not hard to do. I kept thinking to myself… why don’t I have a food processor?

  • 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. (I don’t like parsley – do I didn’t use it).

This recipe is CREAMY and RICH – perfect for Thanksgiving if you want to stay away from too many potatoes. 🙂 My husband really enjoyed the meal – as did I.

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.