Baked Cauliflower Dip Recipe

Baked Cauliflower Dip Recipe
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Baked Cauliflower Dip

Heather Christo

Baked Cauliflower Dip

This particular dip is a hot, baked cauliflower dip. It is inspired by a classic hot artichoke dip, but slightly healthier and without my nemesis (mayo). The boiled cauliflower has a creamy texture all on its own, but the addition of cream cheese, Monterey jack, and a bit of goat cheese makes for an incredibly flavorful, smooth, and rich dip. Does the fiber count make it healthy?!

It’s great with fresh cut veggies or crackers, and blessedly can be made the day beforehand and baked until hot and bubbly right before serving. However, if you have to bake and serve later, don’t worry, it also tastes great at room temperature.

Ingredients

  • Salt, to taste
  • head cauliflower, cut into small pieces
  • cloves garlic, peeled
  • ounces cream cheese
  • ounces Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 2  ounces  goat cheese
  • 1/2  teaspoon  cayenne
  • Cut vegetables and crackers, for serving

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Bring a salted pot of water to boil over high heat. Boil the cauliflower until just fork tender, about 2-3 minutes. Drain the cauliflower. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the cauliflower and the garlic. Add the cream cheese and pulse until combined.

Add the Monterey jack cheese and pulse until fairly smooth. Add the goat cheese and pulse until very smooth. Add the cayenne and season with salt, to taste. Pour the dip into a baking dish.

Transfer to the oven (if your baking dish doesn’t have handles, I recommend putting the dish on a baking sheet) and bake until hot and bubbly and a bit golden on top, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven. Serve the hot dip with veggies and crackers for dipping.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
8g
11%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
20mg
7%
Carbohydrate, by difference
11g
8%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
46µg
7%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
82mg
8%
Choline, total
4mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
7µg
2%
Magnesium, Mg
3mg
1%
Phosphorus, P
31mg
4%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
177mg
12%
Water
17g
1%

Cauliflower Dip Shopping Tip

Instead of reaching for the same off the shelf, pre-made dips and sauces from your local grocery stores, try something different and make something fresh with bold flavors to liven up your meal.

Cauliflower Dip Cooking Tip

Spices and herbs can be a cook's best friend. Don’t be afraid to add something unfamiliar to dips and sauce. They just might be the extra flavor that is needed to brighten up the dish.