Truffled Cauliflower Puree

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wait! Don't go anywhere.  Hear me out.


Trust me, I know what at least half of you are thinking.  Cauliflower.  Gross. Eww. Yuck. No way, no how.  I know because I am one of you.  Hell, I am the driver of the "I hate cauliflower" bandwagon, except for in this one instance.  I have found there is an exception to every rule. 

I have despised cauliflower since I was a wee tot.  Many a night was spent sitting at the dinner table alone long after everyone got up and retired to the living room for an exciting hour of MacGyver because I refused to eat my cauliflower.  And do you know what happened back in the day if we refused to eat something?  No privileges, no TV, no dessert, and the ole' "I bet you'll be hungry for breakfast" was always thrown out there.  I sound like my grandma (minus the TV part).  



The fact that my mom adores cauliflower never helped my protests.  You give her a salad bar, and she is oohing and awing over the cauliflower, the three bean salad, the garbanzo beans, and the minicorns.  Meanwhile I am making a bee line to the bacon bits, croutons, blue cheese and banana pudding.  What? You weren't aware the lettuce cancels all the other calories out?  Consider yourself schooled.


Let me just say this cauliflower is different.  First and foremost, it involves truffle butter.  Truffle. Butter.  I should just stop here.  I need not say more.  If you have not experienced truffles (and we are not talking chocolate, we are talking fungus), there is no time like the present, my friend.  They are earthy, buttery, rich, exotic and decadent.  But in all honesty, no description could ever give a truffle's flavor the justice it's due.


To the cauliflower and truffle butter, you add a splash of cream, a little garlic and a dash of salt and pepper.  That is it.  I am going to go out on a limb here and proclaim this truffled cauliflower puree trumps any mash potato under the sun.  Is this a bold statement?  Yes.  Is it true? Without a doubt. 

Allegedly, its healthier too. But do you really care about that when truffles are involved?  If so, let me be the first to tell you your priorities need realigning.

I did not develop this ingenious combination on my own (obviously, considering my disdain for this atrocious vegetable).  Our favorite restaurant in Pawleys Island, Chive Blossom Cafe, served a steak special over truffled cauliflower puree a few weeks back.  I threw caution to the wind and took a bite.  I was instantly converted to a lover of cauliflower puree.  I was also hell bent on reproducing the dish. 


I did a damn fine job if I must say so myself.

Truffled Cauliflower Puree:
Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time:
25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients: 
1 head cauliflower
2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
4 garlic cloves
1.5 tbsp cream
3 tbsp white truffle butter (only ingredients should be truffles, butter, and maybe mushrooms)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:
Remove leaves and stem from cauliflower.  Cut into 4 pieces.  Add cauliflower to pot with stock and garlic.  Bring to a steady simmer.  Cover and simmer 15-20 minutes, or until tender.  Remove cauliflower and garlic from pot with slotted spoon and add to a blender and food processor.  Add cream and truffle butter.  Blend or process until smooth (about 30 seconds). Salt and pepper to taste.   Serve, preferably under a juicy filet mignon and garlicky sauteed spinach.  Or eat directly from the food processor with your finger, either way.

Don't worry,  I have not abandoned ship.  I still despise cauliflower prepared any other way.

3 comments:

  1. Wow! This looks delicious.

    Incidentally I recently did a spaghetti dish where instead of using cream or butter or oil to make my sauce creamy and indulgent I stirred in cauliflower purée. It was heaven!

    I am now craving fat juicy steak and cauliflower purée. Haha

    Hope you are well, take care xx

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    1. That sounds wonderful!! Is the recipe on your blog? I looked for it but was unable to find it.

      Your blog is absolutely stunning, and your photography is inspirational. I look forward to following you!

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  2. Delish! Can't get enough of it!

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