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Recipe: Cauliflower Puree with Onions, Garlic and Goat Cheese

Today’s recipe comes from Janis Smyth of Jan’s Sushi Bar.

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Jan’s intro:

It’s, um, a cauliflower puree with onions, garlic and goat cheese.

Actually, it’s darn tasty. I no longer eat white potatoes and have had to give up most forms of dairy – not by choice, trust me – but can tolerate small amounts of goat dairy. This is marvelous; boiling until tender the cauliflower removes a lot of the “cabbage” flavor and odor and the sauteed onions and garlic give it a mellow, slightly sweet flavor that balances the tangyness of the goat cheese quite well.

A lovely side dish in its own right, this is a nice substitute for mashed potatoes, if you’re avoiding them for whatever reason, and makes a great base for braised meats.



1 large head cauliflower, trimmed and broken into florets
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons bacon fat or butter
3 ounces soft goat cheese, such as Chevre
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Preheat the oven to 350º F and lightly grease an 8″ x 8″ baking dish (a deep-dish pie plate will work as well).

Place the cauliflower florets in a large sauce pan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 12 minutes.

While the cauliflower is cooking, melt the bacon fat or butter in a small skillet over medium-low heat; add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until they are soft and translucent but not brown, about 7 – 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for another minute or two. Remove from heat and set aside.

Drain the cauliflower well and place it in a food processor or blender with the goat cheese; process to a smooth purée. Add the onion/garlic mixture and pulse a few times to blend it in with the cauliflower – don’t over-mix. Taste; season with salt and pepper.

Pour the cauliflower mixture into the prepared dish; bake for 15 minutes, or until and the top is beginning to brown slightly.

Serve immediately.

Serves: 6


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  1. Anonymous says:

    This Cauliflower Puree with Onions, Garlic and Goat Cheese is an excellent recipe and Its looking really very nice and amazing. Also I am much waiting to bring  one of these recipe in my kitchen.
    Fitted kitchens

  2. joanna jenkins says:

     I usually swap cauliflower for mashed potatoes too and this is my kind of recipe.  I’ll be making your recipe this week.  THANKS Margaret.

    xo jj

  3. JunkDrawer says:

    Sounds delicious! And I agree with Nora, it’s probably a great low-carb sub for potatoes.

  4. Nora Blithe says:

    I’m no expert but this looks low carb to me.  That makes it “healthy.”  Eat up!

  5. Jayne says:

     This sounds wonderful.  I have a friend who grows cauliflower in her garden and she’s always looking for new recipes.  I’m sending this one to her.  Thanks.  

  6. Pricilla says:

     I prefer my cauliflower raw but the publicist says this sounds tasty to her.

  7. Jan's Sushi Bar says:

    *squee*  It’s me!  I mean, my recipe!

    1.  woo hoo!!! Now if Twitter would get back to work, I could tell the world about it. 🙂

    2. Nora Blithe says:

       I’m so glad I’m not the only one who says squee!