For my brother’s belated graduation party, he wanted a lot of meaty snack foods, which my mother was happy to provide: meatballs, wings, pulled chicken sandwiches, etc. The party started at 4:30pm, so if I wanted to be able to eat anything, I thought I should bring a few things. I brought this wonderful dip, BBQ Stuffed Jalapeños, and Roasted Potato Wedges with Chipotle Aioli. Everything went over very well. There was practically nothing left at the end of the party.
There are a lot of recipes for “healthy” and vegan cauliflower dips out there. But why? This is a one or two times a year dish (the last time I made this, it was for the Super Bowl). It doesn’t need to be healthy. It needs to be fatty and delicious.
- 1 Head Cauliflower
- 1/2 Onion, minced
- 4-6 Garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/4 Cup Cayenne Pepper Sauce (like Frank’s Red Hot)
- 2 (8 ounce each) Packages of Cream Cheese, softened (I suppose you could use neufchâtel for slightly less fat–which I like more than reduced fat cream cheese.)
- 1/2 Cup Blue Cheese dressing (or Ranch if you have it on hand)
- 3 Cups shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
- 1/2 Cup crumbled Blue Cheese
- 1/2 Teaspoon dried Parsley Flakes
- To serve: 1 Bunch Celery (cleaned and cut into 4 inch pieces) and Tortilla Chips
Remove stems and leaves from cauliflower and chop to desired size. I like them to be present in the dip, but bite-sized, so I like them in about 1/4″ – 1/2″ chunks. If you like the cauliflower to disappear a little more, you can grate it.
Sauté the onions for a minute or two, and add the garlic. Once the garlic is fragrant, add the cauliflower and hot sauce. Cook until heated through. Add cream cheese, blue cheese dressing and parsley flakes, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix 2 cups of the shredded cheese and blue cheese. Transfer the mixture to a slow cooker, and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top. Cover and cook on Low until hot and bubbly. Serve with celery sticks, and tortilla chips.
I forgot to take a picture before people started eating it, but hopefully you will see this as the cheesy, spicy delicious dish that it is: