This was a delicious variation on cauliflower mash that I threw together and wanted to remember. The fennel adds a bit of sophistication, but it was still wolfed down by our 4 year old.
1 head of cauliflower
1 large fennel bulb
2 or 3 medium potatoes
2 tbsp butter
salt and pepper
Cut the fennel bulb into eighths (halve, halve again, halve again), and chop the cauliflower into similar sized pieces. Peel and quarter the potatoes. Fill a large pot with about 1/2 inch of water (so the vegetables are not totally immersed) and bring to a boil. Toss in the potatoes first, then everything else, cover so the steam is captured, and keep on a light boil until tender. Drain.
In batches, spoon the vegetables into a food processor and puree (you will probably need to pulse, stir and push the fennel pieces down so they get fully pureed), and then spoon each batch of puree into a large bowl. Once you have everything pureed, add the butter, salt, pepper, and heavy cream to taste. Note: I usually make my mash potatoes with milk, not cream, but think the cream really works here.
This was a wonderful side dish, and I can see it being used as a nice base for either a hearty fish or chicken breasts. I’m imagining lots and lots of mushrooms…
9 thoughts on “Cauliflower, Fennel and Potato Mash”
I just roasted some cauliflower with potatoes and rosemary last night, but this would have been an amazing alternative. Great side dish Giff!
Pureed cauliflower has become a favorite veggie in my household. I love the idea of cutting them with potatoes and fennel. Of course, I love just about anything with fennel.
Fennel with cauliflower sounds like a great combination. And how versatile!!
Yum!! I actually can’t stand cauliflower by itself (I had a bad experience as a child) but will gladly eat it mashed and especially with fennel. Actually, anything with fennel. Dog food with fennel. I bet this would be really lovely on an Easter menu!
thanks all, including Andrea for the fennel dog food taste thought bubble 😉
Do you think this would be good without the butter and cream? I wonder if there’s a way to make a heart-healthy version that still tastes rich….
@Cathy — I’m sure it would still be great to substitute the butter with olive oil and cream with milk.
Yes I agree with dmg. I rarely cook with cream myself. Another way to enrich the flavor might be to stir in a small amount of finely grated Parmesan cheese
I only ate potato mash in KFC.In our country,we do not always do this, because noly few people can do .
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