Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Dips and Veggies

Wow, a busy week and here we are in December--eek!! Hope everyone in the states had a great thanksgiving :) Before I forget, I wanted to share a few fabulous recipes that I've tried out...

The first is Ricki's Roasted Red Pepper & Apple Dip! I whipped up a batch for Elina's housewarming and was nervous that I overdid it on the red pepper flakes... I cut in some Nufatchel (1/3 less fat cream cheese), although it did seem to mellow in the fridge. The dip was great with crudites, on top of roasted veggies, and tossed with whole wheat pasta and steamed broccoli!

Roasted Red Pepper & Apple Dip over roasted carrots and parsnips

Inspired by a head of cauliflower in my fridge and this recipe over at Smitten Kitchen. I roasted the cauliflower florets in a little EVOO, salt and pepper until a little too crispy ;). For the topping, I sauteed 3T bread crumbs, 3T chopped almonds, 1T capers (with some of the brine), 2T golden raisins (plumped up in hot water) and chopped parsley and thyme in ~1/2T butter. What a delicious flavor combination, I'll definitely be making this again!!

Roasted Cauliflower w/Almonds, Raisins & Capers


I told my mom I'd whip up a dip for appetizers Thanksgiving day, and I found this bookmarked recipe for Caramelized Onion Dip over at Andrea's Recipes. I followed the recipe, using greek yogurt for the sour cream, and it seemed to be a hit! I mean, who doesn't love caramelized onions? (besides one of my Uncles and some fellow bloggers... that just means more for us!)

Caramelized Onion Dip w/crudites

22 comments:

Erica said...

I know! I cannot believe its December. I love all roasted veggies and cauli is especially delicious. The red pepper dip sounds really interesting- I love that its sweet and spicy. Hope you're having a good week

Lauren said...

Roasted cauliflower is SO good! The crispier, the better :). I'll have to try the caramelized onion dip... Greek yogurt is such a great sub for sour cream.

carla said...

love roasted cauliflower.
love raw cauliflower.
love the cauliflower :)

Joanne said...

I love dips! I have such an obsession with them. The caramelized onion dip sounds especially delicious. I bet THAT would be great over pasta as well.

And that cauliflower dish - excellent!

Elina said...

I concur - that roasted red pepper and apple dip is fabulous! That roasted cauliflower looks pretty amazing too :)
Hehe, when you said: who doesn't love caramelized onions, I was like "me" ... and Kath. ;)

MacDuff said...

I love this - and I've been thinking cauliflower for a while now. going to have to try that one out...

Dawn said...

oh yeah I hear ya--I love and am addicted to dips too. There is this onion dip by barefoot contessa that is soooo good. It has caramelized onions, horseradish, mayo, sour cream--all the fattening good stuff.
I love your red pepper dip though, I must try that.

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love the caramelized onion dip!

Maria said...

Perfect for the holidays. I love when there are still healthy options to munch on:)

Sweet and Savory said...

The roasted cauliflour sounds so good. Makes me wonder why I have not thought of it before.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Ricki's blog is popping up everywhere i turn...I need to check out her recipes. That dip looks amazing!!!!!

Hope you had a lovely TG, Shannon :)

biz319 said...

You can never use too much crushed red pepper in my book! Thanks for sharing that dip recipe, I am definitely making that over the holidays! :D

Thanks Shannon!

Elra said...

Love your caramelized onion dips. Looks delicious Shannon.

Ricki said...

So glad you enjoyed the pepper dip! And it looks fabulous over those veggies (I also can't wait to try it w/ pasta). The cauliflower sounds amazing--and it is definitely not too roasted for my taste--I love the brown bits!

Kelly said...

Yum. I was planning on making caramelized onion dip sometime soon. I made a big ol' batch of slowcooker caramelized onions for a recipe I am making tonight and wanted to think of other ways to use them.

chrystad72 said...

wow that dip sounds great. Looks awesome too. I love roasted cauliflower. I bet its fabulous with the almonds, capers and raisins. Great flavor combo!

eatingtolivelovelaughtri said...

The roasted cauliflower looks amazing...and I don't even really like cauliflower! : )

brandi said...

i LOVE roasted cauliflower :)

I know, I can't believe it's December!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

Your dips sound delicious especially the red pepper and apple one. I've never tried roasted cauliflower - I just bought some today - it must be fate!

Megan said...

All of those dips look awesome!! I'm especially intrigued by that red pepper and apple one.

Megan said...

P.S. Did you eventually get the PRK email? Hopefully, we'll get to meet tomorrow?! (I tried emailing you back but it was from my phone and I think something got messed up.)

Kerstin said...

Mmmm, the roasted cauliflower sounds so tasty and the roasted red pepper dip sounds addicting - yum!

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