Extra Cheesy Cauliflower Skillet Dip


Are you ready for some…. CAULIFLOWER?!

Yeah, I guess football too.  But really, Sunday’s Super Bowl is going to be all about cauliflower.

You know that little white veggie everyone’s putting into everything these days?

I went there.

But I did it bigger.  And badder.  And cheesier than anyone has ever done it before!!!!

Good lord there’s so much cheese.

Sometimes I like to be a little sneaky.  It’s good for the soul, ya know?  Like chicken soup.  Yes it may sound juvenile, but I just can’t help but love me a good little sneak.  Like when you convince your bartender you’ve only had two drinks instead of three?  Sneaky.  Or when your man asks about your new shoes, and you casually respond “babe, I’ve had them forever”?  Stealthy.

Or when you feed a bunch of dudes a cauliflower dip and they have no freakin’ clue?!


Have you noticed how fratty men get about the Super Bowl?  It’s like for one night a year every man in America has their testosterone levels tripled, and us chicks are left wondering who the hell are these savages we’ve voluntarily decided to spend time with.  Like, they place petty bets on their Super Bowl grids as if they’re high rollers, they beat their chests in excitement like something that escaped from the zoo, and of course they insist on eating only manly foods.

You know, like chicken wings that some “bro” probably dropped on the floor.

So this year, let’s beat them at their own game, shall we?

Let’s trick them into eating something girly, and healthy, and not covered in spilt Bud heavys.

Let’s make them eat cauliflower.

Lots of it.

This dip can easily be prepped in advance, so don’t worry about your secret staying safe.  Clearly I had my girrrls in mind when I topped this with roasted tomatoes, but feel free to swap those for slices of pepperoni or crumbled sausage for a pizza-like taste and appearance.  And lastly, when all has been devoured, bask in the big cauliflower reveal – Being smug is highly recommended.

Happy Super Bowl!

Extra Cheesy Cauliflower Skillet Dip

Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins

Total Time: 45 mins


  • 1 Medium Head Cauliflower
  • 1 Medium Tomato
  • 1 cup Part-Skim Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • ¾ cup Shredded Parmigiano Cheese
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tsps Crushed or Minced Garlic
  • 2 tsps Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt & Coarse Black Peppercorn - approx.


  1. Break cauliflower into florets, discarding of stems.  Steam covered over pot of shallow boiling water for ~12 minutes until tender, then remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. When cauliflower is room temperature, pour into food processor.  Pulse until pureed, then salt and pepper to taste. Next add in parmigiano, garlic, and rosemary, again pulsing well before transferring to oven-safe skillet.
  3. Evenly pour cauliflower mixture into skillet, then cover with mozzarella.  Lightly salt & pepper sliced tomato, then drizzle with EVOO before topping over dip.  Bake at 375F for 20 minutes until bubbly, then broil for 3-4 minutes more until browned.  Immediately plate & serve, garnishing with fresh rosemary if desired.

>> Nutrition facts are calculated based on 6 servings.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 95 Fat: 6g Carbohydrates: 5g Protein: 9g





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24 Responses to “Extra Cheesy Cauliflower Skillet Dip”

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    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely — January 31, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

    JUST the other day my husband looked down and said, “those shoes look new…” And I said, “Oh, your mom got me these for Christmas”. Silly guy fell for it. Haha! These cheese dip looks amazing! Love that you snuck some cauliflower in there. The cauliflower cancels out the cheese, right? *wink*


    • Christine replied: — January 31st, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

      hah see, we’re all on the same page!! yes I was actually shocked when I calculated out the nutrition facts and saw how healthy it was – def give it a try girrrl!


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    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — January 31, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

    This looks fabulous!!! GREAT job Christine and I LOVE pureed cauliflour! Looks awesome and cheesy and gooey!


    • Christine replied: — January 31st, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

      thanks Sophia! it seriously was soo delish!


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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — January 31, 2014 @ 4:43 pm

    I love it when people take a ordinary vegetable and make it amazing! Looks so good. Pinning.


    • Christine replied: — January 31st, 2014 @ 4:54 pm

      honestly Mel I think even the kids will love it! they can be fooled easily like men 😉


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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods — January 31, 2014 @ 6:58 pm

    Isn’t it amazing how versatile cauliflower can be?! Genius idea using it in a creamy cheesy dip 😀


    • Christine replied: — February 2nd, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

      seriously you’d never even guess it was cauliflower, it’s perfect! thanks Cindy!


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    Darlene @ Dip Recipe Creations — February 1, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    Looks yummy! Cauliflower is all the rage right now :) Pinning to my savory dip board.


    • Christine replied: — February 2nd, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

      thanks Darlene! glad you stopped by


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    Chris @ Shared Appetite — February 1, 2014 @ 5:51 pm

    I’m so down for eating cauliflower during The Big Game if I can eat it like this!!! Wow it looks so good!


    • Christine replied: — February 2nd, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

      you are a better man than most! lol thanks Chris


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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — February 1, 2014 @ 11:56 pm

    I like your style. :) Sometimes we have to trick our men into eating the things we think they should be eating. The other night I served Kevin barley and said it was brown rice so he’d eat it without bitching. Ha! LOVE this cheesy amazingness.


    • Christine replied: — February 2nd, 2014 @ 2:05 pm

      lol I’m glad we all do something a little sneaky from time to time, esp with our men and their food! thanks Nicole :)


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    Alyssa @ My Sequined Life — February 2, 2014 @ 2:57 am

    Oh man, if I could trick my boyfriend into eating cauliflower…smug smile for days! Love those tomatoes on top. This is a big ‘ol YUM. :)


    • Christine replied: — February 2nd, 2014 @ 2:06 pm

      thanks Alyssa! he definitely won’t know with this baby – it’s totally cheesy and completely covert!


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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 3, 2014 @ 10:09 am

    Oh my goodness – this looks amazing!! I LOVE that this is made with cauliflower!! I totally wouldn’t have known had you not said anything! Love this :)


    • Christine replied: — February 3rd, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

      thanks Julie! yes it’s quite a surprise and a tasty, healthy one at that!


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    Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite — February 3, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

    AH!! I am so sad I am just seeing this now! I would have DEVOURED this yesterday as I “watched” the game. God, your food makes me drool, Missy.


    • Christine replied: — February 3rd, 2014 @ 4:29 pm

      why thank you doll face! you can make it again anytime 😉


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    Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes — February 3, 2014 @ 3:56 pm

    Yes yes yesssss. Can I sing for my super ?! This dip HAS me. You know I love cauliflower, and this look insanely good!


    • Christine replied: — February 3rd, 2014 @ 4:29 pm

      thanks Jessica! it will definitely do you good lol


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    Rachel @the dessert chronicles — February 3, 2014 @ 9:09 pm

    You definitely made cauliflower look indulgent and comforting at the same time! Need some of this!


    • Christine replied: — February 7th, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

      you will seriously never know it’s cauli – so so good! thanks Rachel!


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