Mashed Cauliflower



  •       1 small head of cauliflower (about 1 1/2 pounds), chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 teaspoon Real salt, plus more
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more
    • Chopped chives (for serving; optional)


    1. Pour water into a medium pot to a depth of 1/4″. Add cauliflower and garlic and cover pot. Bring to a boil and cook until florets are easily pierced with a  knife, about 8 minutes.
    2. Drain well (I like to drain it into a colander and ) either transfer to a food processor or back to the pot and use a masher. Add  butter, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Purée  or mash until smooth. The processor will give you a smoother consistency.
    3. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with chives, if using.

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