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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cauliflower Dip ~ Tailgating Time #17

Once again, here we for Tailgating Time week # 17 - Time for football, food, coolers full of cold ones, and game day buffets. Bring over your famous recipes for you favorite foods and party things!

We always appreciate our loyal friends who join us each week!! Those of you who are new to us or are Tailgating Time time regulars! Come on and have some fun! it's easy, just add your link!

This week I'm bringing back my easy cauliflower dip! After the holidays the last thing I want to do is spend too much effort in the kitchen for snack time. Here is a "healthy" and tasty dip.

Now I"m sure you all have heard of the cauliflower "mashed potatoes" where you puree steamed cauliflower here is the South Beach Diet Recipe:
4 cups cauliflower florets
1 ounce butter flavored cooking spray
1 fluid ounce fat-free half-and-half
Pinch salt
Pinch freshly ground black pepper

Some recipes will add cream cheese, garlic, butter, cream, all the ingredients that makes mashed potatoes good!

We came up with a healthy snack that we use this same method but serve it cold with Tostitios Scoops. Start with steamed fresh cauliflower.

I add a couple tablespoons of Marzetti's Ranch Dressing (you could use the light).

Just pulse it a little, the texture was thick yet so I added another tablespoon.
Then whizzed it until the desired texture you want. I stirred in some garlic and onion powder, Beau Monde, Fine Herbs, (or you could use parsley) and Tarragon. You could leave it with just the ranch dressing, kids seem to like it that way, you could even leave the texture a little coarser. It's all in what you like.

This is so versatile you can go with whatever flavors you like. I have used turmeric to add some color, and it goes nicely with some curry blends. If you want to serve it warm you can go with some Parmesan or other cheese in it. So have fun!

Can't wait to see what you bring!

Tailgating Time is brought to you this week by:
Martha at ~ Seaside Simplicity
Tamy at ~ 3 Sides of Crazy
Me here at ~ The Tiny Skillet
Debbie at ~Dinning with Debbie


  1. Super great idea, my 2 year old loves to dip things and this really would be perfect to get veggies into her "dipping"

  2. mr. pineapple man - sausages?

    Jennifurla - It's funny letting people try it before telling them what it is. They do like it though. It's perfect for kids.

  3. That's the way to eat cauliflower! My kids would never even know it was veggies.

  4. Happy NEw Year to you Lyndsey! Love your healthy dip!


  5. Lindsey, This looks great and healthy. It's perfect for kids!

  6. Great looking sausages:)...Dip sounds good too...I think I'd prefer it with the curry instead of the ranch.

  7. That dip is healthy and delicious!
    New Year is the time to unfold new horizons & realize new dreams, to rediscover the strength & faith within u, to rejoice in simple pleasures & gear up 4 a new challenges. Wishin u a truly fulfilling 2011 Lindsey!
    Your friend

  8. I was on that South Beach diet years ago...and made the cauliflower "mashed potatoes". Love how you've made it into a dip, Lyndsey! I'm thinking Super Bowl here.

  9. That is a great idea to eat cauliflower!!!!

  10. Lyndz, I'm going to feed you ladies well this week. haha.... Bringing in two dishes! Btw, you just reminded me of this cauliflower recipe. I wanted to try this out long ago. Just kept on forgeting it. he... Hopefully, my brain is functioning well these days. LOL! :P
    Enjoy everyone & have fun!
    Cheers, Kristy

  11. Rhondi - You got it! My daughter likes it... and so do I! Thanks for adding to tailgating Time!

    Ramona - Thank you, Happy New Year to you too!

    Anncoo - Thanks! and thanks for joining in Tailgating Time!

    Bo - thanks the sausages do look good :P I like it with curry better too, but kids seem to like it with ranch!

    Sutapa - thank you for such a nice comment. Wishing you the best in the new year!

    Barbara - I like the South Beach "Mashed Potaotes" too. This dip tastes good cold, believe it or not!

    Erica - thanks!

    Kristy - Wow! Two dishes, and they both look great! I wish I could taste them for real and not virtually. I know...I'm bringing out some good ol' stand by recipes!

  12. Oh, how fun...a tailgating party! Your cauliflower dip sounds light and delicious!

  13. I think this dip is brilliant! Can't wait to give it a try :0

  14. I love cauliflower mash so I can imagine how delicious this is!

  15. Love cauliflower and this is absolutely new for me..Happy New year,Lyndsey !!

  16. What a great way to serve cauliflower; wish I could go to your party; we are in deep snow up here.

  17. Biren - So happy that you joined us! Can't wait to try the brown rice couscous.

    Simply Life - you can join the fun!

    Kathleen and 3 Hungry Tummies - This is fun to expirement with some other flavors. I think maybe adding yogurt with some spices would be a nice dip.

    Gulmohar - I really enjoy cauliflower too, thanks you have a happy new year too!

    Rita - Come on down and join us! I'll whip up some more dip!

  18. Cauliflower is not the most popular veggie in my family. Maybe, if I'd serve your simply delicious dip with chips...I'm sure there wouldn't be any complaints. Thanks for such a tasty dip ;o)

    Happy New Year Lyndsey and all the very best.
    Flavourful wishes,

  19. Mmm... this looks really good. I love cauliflower anything. I make pureed cauliflower with olive oil as a mashed potato substitute. We don't have tailgate parties, being in Mexico. Our football comes via satellite TV, but I always fix treats for game time.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!



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