Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower And Spinach Dip, And Letting My Cravings Do The Cooking

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I had a couple of different recipe ideas to choose from this week, and ended up going back and forth several times as I tried to decide which one would win the coveted position for this particular recipe post. Well, as you can see, my snacking side got the better of me, as I’ve been desperately craving another hot and cheesy dip lately, one that I can slather all over some nice, rustic and spicy tortilla chips of some kind.

Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Dip

This morning when I made my decision that this hot & cheesy dip would be the winner for this particular post, I had the thought that gooey dips are kinda like delicious cookies in a way; if you’ve got a good base, you can pretty much make them with whatever ingredients sound appealing and that work well together, and add in a few other bells and whistles to round everything out and to give a bit of depth. And just like with cookies, who wouldn’t want a new, yummy, hot dip in their repertoire?

But I digress…

Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Dip

You see, my “newer” approach this year when it comes to recipe posts is to share a recipe that I’m really craving in the moment. I suppose I would say that I’m trying to go with my gut instinct, and hope that it’s a recipe that sounds tasty and inspiring to you, as well. It just makes things a little more personal, and a bit more “alive”, and I’m all about that these days.

And having decided to go with whatever I may be craving when it comes to creating a recipe (as opposed to creating something that I think “someone out there” will hopefully like), there’s this sort of fresh enthusiasm when I get into the kitchen to cook and create; I’m finding that it’s a more freeing way for me, personally, to approach developing recipes in order to then share them with you.

Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Dip

Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Dip

Cravings are wonderful guides; they’re whimsical, colorful and often produce fun twists with delicious results. And how can anyone go wrong with that? When we have a real craving for the food we prepare, then there’s a joy and excitement attached to the act of cooking, and it infuses the food with a certain “je ne sais quoi”—a special and unique flavor—that everyone can taste. And boy does it taste good.

Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Dip

Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Dip

So now you know: this Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Dip loaded with white cheddar and gruyere cheeses, roasted garlic, a hint of spice and a splash of white wine is what your humble recipe developer was craving this week. To me, it seemed like the perfect time to tinker a little and let my imagination take over while also allowing myself the chance to enjoy a savory dip “fix”.

Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Dip

Perhaps you yourself are having an inexplicable craving for a dip such as this, a craving for something of the hot, cheesy and gooey variety. And perhaps I tapped into that, and you now have a remedy for it in this very recipe. So here’s to letting those sometimes-crazy cravings do the cooking, in the hopes that some genuine and richly loaded recipes will come out of ’em.

Mmm, mmm.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


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  • Aly February 23, 2014, 9:00 pm

    I already had dinner, but you make me want this for dinner number 2! :) I know what you mean about cooking something you want to make. For my blog, I pretty much always post things that I made just because I (or someone I care about) wanted to eat it.

  • Trevor aka The Burger Nerd February 24, 2014, 7:54 am

    Awesome looking dip. Although I absolutely love roasted cauliflower I never thought of using it in a dip before. What a great addition to just about any dip (esp. ones with Gruyere cheese). Thanks for sharing the idea and recipe. CHeers!

  • Karen @ The Food Charlatan February 24, 2014, 8:30 pm

    Oh my gosh, I want to eat that ENTIRE PAN!! It’s cauliflower so it’s healthy right? :)

  • Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes February 25, 2014, 3:40 am

    This dip looks wonderful. This is my first time visiting your blog, and I love what I see so far. Your photography is really great. So glad to know about you.

    • The Cozy Apron February 25, 2014, 12:23 pm

      Well thank you so much for that, Katie! So happy to have you stop by and peruse!

  • Micheline February 25, 2014, 11:11 am

    I’m all about cauliflower, I read somewhere that 2014 is the year of the Cauliflower :)

    Pinned this, looks delish!!

    • The Cozy Apron February 25, 2014, 12:26 pm

      Hi Micheline, that’s an interesting tidbit— in that case, it looks like this recipe will be perfect to prepare no matter what the season! :-) Glad you pinned it, and I really think you’ll enjoy this.

  • Kim February 27, 2014, 3:40 am

    Have a housewarming party coming up — cannot wait to make this and share with everyone!

    • The Cozy Apron February 27, 2014, 7:25 pm

      Hi Kim! I’m already excited for you that you’re planning on sharing this recipe with friends—I think you’ll all enjoy it! We (well, ME, more accurately) went through the one from this post very quickly, and I think I may have to make another batch again soon. We (well, me, specifically) didn’t feel like we had enough! Have a wonderful housewarming party, and thank you for stopping by to share with me.

  • Nancy March 19, 2014, 6:11 pm

    This looks amazing ~ can I assume you’re using fresh cauliflower? Can’t wait to make it!

    • The Cozy Apron March 20, 2014, 10:40 am

      Hi Nancy! Yes, I am using fresh cauliflower, and then seasoning and roasting. Hope you enjoy it!

  • August 4, 2014, 8:18 pm

    This belongs on the cover of a food magazine; beautiful! Pinned! (and making this weekend!)

    • The Cozy Apron August 5, 2014, 12:05 pm

      Hi Jamie, thanks so much for your lovely comments! Please enjoy this savory and comforting dip this weekend! :-)

  • Becky December 21, 2014, 4:53 pm

    I made this last night for an Ugly Sweater Christmas party we were having and it was a HUGE hit! I think it was the first thing gone! I served with tortilla chips and pita chips. And bonus my house smelled AMAZING when roasting the garlic and cauliflower, I am now bringing this to a party on Christmas Eve! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • The Cozy Apron December 21, 2014, 5:37 pm

    Becky, I’m so excited that this turned out so well for you! (I love that you brought this for an Ugly Sweater, party!!) :-) I’m stoked you’ll be making it again for your upcoming Christmas Eve party— the more sharing, the better! Hope it goes just as quickly this time, as well!

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