Buffalo Cauliflower Dip

By Rissa Miller, Vegetarian Journal Senior Editor

(Serves 8-10)

Curl up in front of your favorite
movie or catch the latest game while you enjoy this spicy, but secretly
not-all-junk-food Buffalo Cauliflower Dip. The oven-roasted veggies and beans
add nutrition while the buffalo sauce and spices make it taste like your
traditional game time favorite. The recipe makes enough to share with the
family, or warm it up as leftovers for the entire weekend!

1 head cauliflower, chopped to
medium-size pieces

1 cup roughly chopped onion

2-3 cloves garlic, peeled

1 Tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

One 15-ounce can cannellini beans,
drained

3/4 to 1 cup vegan buffalo sauce (to
taste)

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1 cup vegan cheddar shreds
(optional)

1/4 cup vegan bread crumbs
(optional)

1 scallion, green part, chopped
(optional)

1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
(optional)

To serve, tortilla or pita chips,
carrot and/or celery sticks

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Toss chopped cauliflower, onions, and garlic with olive oil and salt/pepper on
a rimmed sheet pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until vegetables are tender and
lightly browned.

     While
vegetables bake, add beans, buffalo sauce, nutritional yeast, paprika, and
coriander to a blender or food processor. Purée until smooth.

     When
veggies are baked, add in batches to the blender/processor (unless it all fits
at once) and puree until smooth.

     Pour into a
casserole pan and if needed, stir batches together. Top as desired with vegan
cheddar shreds and/or bread crumbs. Bake at 375 degrees an additional ten
minutes. Turn on the oven broiler setting and broil dip to crisp top and melt
vegan cheese for 5 minutes.

     Before
serving, sprinkle with dried parsley flakes and chopped scallions. Serve warm
with tortilla or pita chips and carrot/celery sticks.

Cook’s
Notes
: Want it hotter? Look for extra
spicy buffalo sauce. This recipe was tested with Frank’s and Primal brands.
Alternatively, add some red pepper flakes or a little sriracha to amp up the
heat. Want it decadent? Serve with a side or drizzle of vegan blue cheese
dressing. Daiya and Follow Your Heart both offer bottled blue cheese sauce.