Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Dip

Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Dip

I have really been into cauliflower lately and in particular I have been enjoying a lot of bowls of the roasted cauliflower and aged white cheddar soup which have been keeping me warm on these cold winter days. With the big game coming up I have had snacks on my mind a lot and one of my favourite snacks for for any kind of party has to be hot melted cheese dips like the spinach and artichoke dip. The other day while I was enjoying a bowl of the roasted cauliflower and aged white cheddar soup I was thinking about dips and I had a crazy idea, why not combine the two ideas and make a hot melted cheesy cauliflower dip? The recipe for the dip is pretty easy, you just need to roast the cauliflower, puree it, mix in the cheese and then bake it until the cheese is all melted, bubbling and golden brown. I have to say that this dip is another reason to love cauliflower!

Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Dip
Serve with garlic rubbed crostini, crackers or veggies for your dipping pleasure.

Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Dip
You can't go wrong with a hot melted cheese dip for any party!

Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Dip
While I was writing the recipe for the roasted cauliflower and aged white cheddar dip I thought of several other add ins for the dip including things like roasted mushrooms or bacon and caramelized onions. Since I had a half a head of cauliflower left over I went ahead and made the roasted cauliflower, mushroom and aged white cheddar dip the next day!

Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Dip
Buffalo roasted cauliflower hot cheesy dip anyone?

Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Dip
Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Dip

Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 55 minutes Servings: 4

A warm and creamy roasted cauliflower and aged white cheddar dip that is decadently delicious without all of the calories!



ingredients
  • 1/2 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 ounces light cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup aged white cheddar, shredded
directions
  1. Toss the cauliflower in the oil with salt and pepper, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated 400F oven until lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes, mixing half way through.
  2. Puree everything in a food processor and pour into a baking dish.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the sides are bubbling and the top is lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes.

Slow Cooker: Implement steps 1 & 2, mix everything, place it in the slow cooker and cook until the cheese is nice and melted about 1-2 hours on high or 2-4 hours on low.

Tip: Make the dip the day before and just bake on the day of the party to save some time on a busy day. Note: If you do this it will require 10-15 minutes extra baking time since it just came out of the fridge and you will know it is done when the sides are bubbling and the top is lightly golden brown.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 267, Fat 22g (Saturated 13g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 64mg, Sodium 359mg, Carbs 6g (Fiber 1g, Sugars 5g), Protein 12g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

32 comments:

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

What a fantastic way to use cauliflower!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A great combination and idea! That dip looks fabulous.

Cheers,

Rosa

motherrimmy said...

This is going on my Super Bowl appetizer list. I love your suggestion to add bacon or caramelized onion. Terrific recipe!

Heather Christo said...

You are so right- you can not go wrong with melted cheese!! this looks great!

marla said...

Mmmmm, Kevin this dip looks fantastic!

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Holy Yum, that looks SO GOOD!

Aimee @ Simple Bites said...

Yes please! Dip me in.

Gaby said...

swooning over this! I want a big bowl for breakfast!

Little Kitchie said...

I want it all. right. now.

marni zarr said...

yummy! sunday snackin' looks good :)

Megan {Country Cleaver} said...

Cheese is dairy and cauliflower is a veggies - so I think this is a perfectly balanced game-day snack!! Gorgeous Kevin, as per usual. :)

Maria said...

LOVE this dip!

Jenny said...

Kevin, what a perfect dish!! I can practically smell it's fabulousness :)

Cookin' Canuck said...

Kevin, I am definitely making this for game day. What a fantastic idea!

Unique Stylish Purses said...

I have been looking for something to make for game day and nothing has sounded good until I saw this on Pinterest. Thank you, It's perfect!

Julie @ Table for Two said...

I'm so on board with this! I love the aged cheddar and the spin on this recipe - cauliflower is clever!!

Minnie(@thelady8home) said...

Loved it. Its truly awesome.

Danijela said...

Wow, this looks delicious. And it's healthy. I love it. Thanks for the recipe. :)

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies said...

This looks absolutely incredible. I love cauliflower and you can never go wrong adding cheese to it. :D

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

This hot dip looks so fabulous! Gorgeous recipe :)

Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Um, yes please! I love the flavour combination and can't wait to try both the soup and this dip!

syd clifton said...

I have made the soup version of this and I always roast my garlic while I am roasting my cauliflower. It adds a nice layer to the final dish. Bet it would work well here too!

ultimatebridesmaid.com said...

Made this for the SuperBowl last night. It was delicious!

Brisby Cooper said...

I made this the day before. When I baked it, I never felt it got warm enough. Help.

Bulbul hotels said...

i love your recipe thanks for sharing me

Kevin said...

Brisby Cooper: When baking from the fridge it is going to need 10-15 minutes more baking time and you will know it is done when the sides are bubbling and the top is lightly golden brown.

Anonymous said...

I want to make this for a work party, but, could it be reheated in a microwave? That's all we have at the office.

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: Yes this dip reheats well in a microwave!

Joan Perrone said...

Made this today...not a fan.

Joan Perrone said...

Made this today...not a fan.

Anonymous said...

One clove of garlic is way overpowering. Next time I'd do 1/4 a clove. Other than that the combination of flavors is yummy. Thanks

Jodee Weiland said...

This looks wonderful, Kevin, and I love how you use light sour cream or Greek yogurt. Blending it with white cheddar is perfect. Great idea!

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