Cauliflower-Leek Puree

cauliflower-leek puree
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  • 8Servings


  • 2 heads cauliflower (about 3 1/2 pounds), coarsely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley


In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the cauliflower until very soft, 12 to 15 minutes; drain.

Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, melt 3 1/2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the leek and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leek is translucent and very soft, about 8 minutes.

Using a food processor and working in batches, puree the cauliflower and the leek mixture with the cream.

In a small skillet, melt the remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add the panko and toast, tossing, until golden. Top the puree with the toasted panko and the parsley.