Just simmer together some cauliflower & potato, blitz it up and that's it...Potato & Cauliflower Puree. Simple, easy, but tastes like it comes from a restaurant!
In fact, this puree was inspired by a meal that I shared with my husband at a restaurant in the Hunter Valley, NSW recently. We had dinner at Emerson's Cafe & Restaurant, and we chose the 8 course degustation menu - yes you read correctly - 8 courses! Peter & I are big fans of a degustation (very small portions, with optional matching wines), because you get the opportunity to try so many different things that you wouldn't necessarily pick for a whole meal, and always immaculately prepared down to the smallest details.
It has definitely broadened our horizons when it comes to eating - but as for cooking - a degustation is a food bloggers dream! (I am not on the Emerson's payroll by the way!)
One of the GORGEOUS courses had a cauliflower puree...SOOOO good...
So when I got home (actually before that) I was on a mission to make my own variation at home, and for you!
A great alternative to regular mashed potato - and not difficult at all, in fact surprisingly easy AND super tasty - definitely Chef Not Required material! I have also included an optional cauli bacon crumb which is in the photo.
PS: Stay tuned for another recipe inspired by that same degustation - Five Spice & Orange Duck Ragu - and it tasted divine with the Potato & Cauliflower Puree that I just so happened to have finished photographing that day! A great combination.
Such a tough job...
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More potato recipes you may enjoy:
Parmentier Potatoes - golden little nuggets of cubed potato, oven baked until they are crispy then sprinkled with a rosemary and lemon salt.
Suggested main dishes for this recipe:
Savoury Mince - this is a rich, full flavoured savoury mince recipe that the whole family will enjoy for an easy weeknight dinner!
Pesto Lamb Cutlets with Prosciutto - maximum flavour for minimal effort. Tender juicy lamb cutlets coated in basil pesto then wrapped in prosciutto - yum!
Lamb Goulash - slow-cooked shredded lamb in a rich sauce of paprika and capsicum (peppers).
Osso Buco with Mushrooms - melt in the mouth veal with an rich mushroom sauce/gravy.
Red Wine & Garlic Lamb Shanks - Meltingly tender red wine lamb shanks with meat that falls off the bone, smothered in a red wine and garlic sauce. Food heaven!
Beef Carbonnade - beef, mustard, and onions are slow cooked in beer for a tender, melt-in-you-mouth stew that you want to eat all year round!
Potato & Cauliflower Puree
- 450 g cauliflower (cut into florets & reserving any "crumbs" - usually 1 small head (see notes))
- 450 g sebago potatoes (any potato you usually mash, cut into about 1 to ½ cm (½ ") cubes)
- 2 plump garlic cloves (peeled, cut in half and centre core removed)
- 200 ml pure/pouring cream - 45% milk fat ((see notes))
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2 cups water + more if needed ((see notes))
- 2 tablespoon & 1 teaspoon salted butter - separated (extra to serve)
- ¼ teaspoon fine salt
- 2 tablespoon fresh parmesan - finely grated (extra to taste and serve)
- 1 rasher bacon - finely chopped (optional)
- 2 tablespoon fresh breadcrumbs (optional)
- Place cauliflower, potatoes & garlic in a medium to large saucepan.
- Add cream, stock & water to veg - top with more water if needed to just cover the veg.
- Bring to the boil, once boiling turn down to a simmer, and simmer for 10 mins or until vegetables are tender enough to be pierced with a knife while still in the pot.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cauliflower, potato & garlic to the bowl of food processor, or to a bowl if you are going to just mash them (see note) allowing most of the liquid to drain off each spoonful and reserving the liquid.
- Process until veg is starting to puree.
- Add butter, salt & about 2 - 3 tablespoon (1 tablespoon at a time) of the cream/stock mixture (see note) and then keep processing until the mixture reaches a puree.
- If you would like your puree smoother at this point you could pass it through a fine sieve - the finer the sieve, the smoother the puree.
- Add parmesan, mixing to melt & combine.
- Meanwhile, if making the cauli bacon crumb to serve, heat the extra teaspoon of butter in a small non-stick fry pan.
- Add bacon, breadcrumbs & any reserved cauliflower "crumbs" and fry over medium high heat until crisp.
- Sprinkle the puree with the cauli bacon crumb, extra parmesan and top with extra melted butter if you wish and serve.