Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Party Dip

Your guests will never guess that there's a whole head of cauliflower hidden in this creamy, tangy, and totally addictive party dip.

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Party Dip

Every holiday party needs a great dip, and this baked cheesy cauliflower dip is sure to be a hit at yours!

We’ve made this dip so many times over the past few weeks perfecting the recipe. I have to tell you that it’s been such a joy because it’s FREEZING outside and there is truly no greater comfort in life than having a hot skillet of creamy, cheesy goodness bubbling and baking away in the oven.

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Party Dip

Ordinarily, I’d give “party dip” a bit of a sideways glance – I’m not a huge fan of the who-knows-what ingredients plus a brick of cream cheese that are often in them. But I like to think of this dip as a Love & Lemons-does-Midwest-style party dip. Pureed cauliflower, Greek yogurt, and a touch of Dijon mustard blend together to create its creamy base. I top it with cauliflower florets, scallions, and a layer of Roth Grand Cru – a nutty alpine-style cheese that’s made nearby (to us) in Wisconsin – that creates the most perfect flavorful, golden, bubbly crust on top.

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Party Dip

How to Make Cauliflower Party Dip

Start by breaking your cauliflower into small florets. Lightly boil it, then blend 3/4 of the cauliflower to create the dip’s base, while reserving the remaining florets to layer in for texture.

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Party Dip

Blend the cauliflower with Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, and a good pinch of salt. I love how the yogurt adds a bit of tang and the cauliflower becomes lusciously creamy. These flavors work so perfectly with the delicious, mild flavor of the Roth Grand Cru that gets melted on top.

We seriously love this cheese – it’s great on cheese boards, and it melts beautifully on this dip. Roth uses rBST-free milk sourced within 60 miles of its creamery to make its cheese, so this is really great quality Wisconsin cheese.

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Party Dip Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Party Dip

Pour the creamy mixture into a skillet and layer it with scallions, cauliflower florets, and grated cheese.

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Party Dip

That’s it – it’s ready to bake!

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Party Dip

Bake until the dip is golden and bubbly. Meanwhile, slice & toast your baguette so it’s ready for dipping!

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Party Dip

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No one will know that the base of this Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Party Dip is actually a whole head of cauliflower! With Greek yogurt and Dijon for tang, this dip is a creamy, flavorful favorite that's delicious with a layer of cheese on top.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3½ cups small cauliflower florets (¾-inch pieces)
  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • ½ cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more for brushing
  • Heaping ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Scant ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅓ cup chopped scallions
  • ¾ cup grated Roth Grand Cru
  • Pinches of red pepper flakes
  • Toasted or warmed baguette, crackers, and/or apple slices, for serving
  • Chopped parsley for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and garlic and boil until the cauliflower is fork tender, about 8 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to scoop ¾ of the cauliflower and the garlic into a blender (set the remaining florets aside). Let cool completely before adding the remaining ingredients to the blender. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450°F and brush an 8-inch cast iron skillet lightly with olive oil.
  2. Add the yogurt, olive oil, mustard, and salt to the blender and blend until creamy.
  3. Spread the cauliflower mixture into the skillet and top with half the scallions, half the reserved cauliflower florets, the cheese, remaining cauliflower florets, remaining scallions, and pinches of red pepper flakes. Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until the cheese on top is browned and bubbling.
  4. Serve with baguette, crackers, and/or apple slices.

Special thanks to Roth for partnering on this post. Find Roth Grand Cru at the deli cheese counter of your local grocer or at specialty cheese shops. (Click here for a store locator)

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  1. Jean
    12.12.2018

    Where can I find nutritional information on your recipes?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.13.2018

      Hi Jean, I’m sorry I don’t calculate nutritional information.

  2. Francesca Shadel
    12.12.2018

    What’s a good substitute for Roth?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.13.2018

      I’ve only tested this one with Roth Grand Cru – it’s easy to find in most grocery stores so I’d definitely recommend giving it a try! Here’s their store locator: http://www.rothcheese.com/where-to-buy/

    • Sabine
      01.01.2019

      Actually, here in the Phoenix-metro area, no merchants carry this product (other Roth items, yes, but not this). Any Alpine-style cheese (Gruyere, etc.) will be a good substitute.

  3. Yummycado
    12.12.2018

    Oh yum! I bet this tastes amazing!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.13.2018

      We love it!

  4. Jen
    12.12.2018

    Yes! I’d like to know what generic cheese could be substituted as well.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.12.2018

      Hi Jen, I’ve only tested this recipe with the Roth Grand Cru – I think it’s exceptional and it’s easy to find at many regular grocery stores so I’d recommend trying it out: http://www.rothcheese.com/where-to-buy/

  5. pallavi
    12.13.2018

    Hi, Yesterday I saw your recipe Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Party Dip and yesterday night I was tried and it is fantastic. All family members are loved cauliflower.

  6. Vanessa
    12.13.2018

    How can I make this vegan?

  7. chahinez tabet aoul
    12.13.2018

    I loved reading this recipe plus your step by step was very helpful to follow the recipe properly! Can’t wait to try this one out 🙂

  8. Alyssa from Winealittlecookalot.com
    12.13.2018

    This looks (and sounds) amazing! I’m on a cauliflower kick right now so this is right up my alley :).

  9. I made this for a holiday party last night and it was a huge hit! I actually bought non-fat plain greek yogurt by mistake (soooo annoyed at myself!) and it still tasted rich and delicious (I did add an extra tablespoon of olive oil to compensate). What I love so much about your recipes is how intelligent they are in terms of using vegetable as the main ingredient. This has so little cheese, yet you would never know.The greek yogurt is so creamy and the cauliflower is so savory that it just works. Was liberal with chili flakes and fresh parsley for added color. Bravo on another good one!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.17.2018

      Hi Ali, I’m so glad it was such a hit!! Thank you for your awesome feedback – it makes me so happy to hear that you’ve been loving the veggie-focusses recipes. 🙂

  10. Sue
    12.17.2018

    I live in Canada, where this cheese unavailable. I know you have only tested with this one but coynd a Parmesan or pecorino work? Unsure of this cheese’s flavour. Any ideas would be aporeciated, thank you.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.17.2018

      Hi Sue, I would do a mild white cheddar – it’ll create more of a melty topping than Parmesan or pecorino. Hope that helps!

    • Sabine
      01.01.2019

      Any Alpine-style cheese (Gruyere, etc.) will be a good substitute.

  11. Lisa
    12.24.2018

    I made this tonight as part of our Christmas Eve dinner (we do a fondue with other hot dippers). My husband was skeptical as I was preparing it but was REALLY impressed with it! I really enjoyed how light it was with the cauliflower base (not so heavy like many dips). I really loved as did my 10 year old daughter! We will make this again! Thank you!
    ps We didn’t have the cheese you suggested but I used a raw extra old cheddar and it was superb!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.28.2018

      Hi Lisa, I’m so glad you all loved it! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas 🙂

      • Lisa
        12.31.2018

        I am making it again tonight – for NYE! xx

  12. Patricia
    12.26.2018

    My daughter in law made this for us Christmas Day. It was the surprise hit of the dinner.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.27.2018

      Ooh, I’m so glad to hear that!

  13. Wow! Jeanine, this sounds delicious. Do you have a recipe for anything similar that is vegan? Otherwise do you have any recommendations for modifications and substitutions? Nutritional Yeast.. Ohh, I am excited to try. <3

  14. Brittany
    12.28.2018

    Made this to bring to a holiday party and it was a HUGE hit! Was worth running around to multiple stores trying to find this cheese – haha. Pro tip: It’s carried by Shaws/Star Market but NOT Stop and Shop.
    I just love how much cauliflower went into this recipe! So healthy yet so delicious!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.28.2018

      Hi Brittany – I’m SO SO glad everyone loved it! 🙂

  15. Christine
    03.22.2019

    I made this dish twice, and it was a hit both times. I love dips, but not how I feel after eating them. This recipe tastes good, and you still feel good after eating it. It really is a nice alternative to a traditional party dip. My guests were surprised the base was cauliflower.

    I added extra red paper flakes to add more spice.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      03.26.2019

      So glad to hear that you loved this one too!

  16. Jack william
    05.06.2019

    Healthy and easy to make. Great recipe. Thank you for all the lovely recipes!

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