• 1 head cauliflower, quartered, cored and cut into medium florets (about 6 cups)
  • 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon kosher or sea salt
  • water
  • 3/4 to 1 cup half-and-half, warmed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Place the cauliflower, potatoes and salt in a large pot with just enough cold water to cover.  Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a simmer over medium-low heat, and cook, uncovered, until tender, about 20 minutes.  Drain well in a colander.
  2. Return the mixture to the cooking pot, stream in the half-and-half, and mash with a manual masher until chunky smooth.  Stir in the butter, salt and pepper.  Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.  Serve very hot with additional pats of butter, if desired.

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