Roasted Cauliflower Pumpkin Swirl Dip

Posted on 25. Sep, 2011 by in Food

This vegan recipe makes 6-7 cups and can be served warm or cold.

Roasted Veggies:

1 head cauliflower, chopped

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

3 Tbsp olive oil

pinch of truffle salt and fine black pepper

Pumpkin Swirl:

3/4 cup canned organic pumpkin, unsweetened

1 cup garbanzo beans, canned/drained/unsalted

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 Tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp cider vinegar

dash cinnamon

salt to taste

White Puree:

roasted cauliflower (about 8 cups loose)

roasted onion

olive oil drizzle from roasting pans

3-6 Tbsp soy creamer or milk (plain) until blends smooth

salt to taste

Garnish: small florets of roasted cauliflower and bits of roasted onion, drizzle EVOO, pepper

To Make:

1. Turn oven to 425 degrees.

2. Wash and chop cauliflower. Add to large baking sheet.

3. Chop onion – also add to baking sheet.

4. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over top the roasting veggies – salt/pepper. And lightly toss in pan to coat veggies. Roast for about 20-25 minutes or until tender and slightly caramelized.

5. In a blender or food processor puree the pumpkin swirl ingredients, set aside. Rinse blender of pumpkin mixture.

6. Remove veggies from oven when ready and add to blender or fp. I used my Vitamix. (note: keep a few whole bits out for garnish). Add the soy milk/creamer (as needed to loosen blend) as well as all the leftover oil from the roasting pan. Blend until smooth and creamy. Salt to taste. I love adding truffle salt or oil to the cauliflower/onion mixture.

7. Add white mixture to oven-friendly serving dish. Top with the pumpkin mixture in the center. Press pumpkin to bottom of dish – then use a form or toothpick to create a swirl pattern.

8. Top with EVOO, cauliflower florets and a few leftover onion bits. Pepper. Slowly bake at 250 degrees to your desired moistness. As the mixture bakes, the top layer will dry out a bit and become more like a crust. Serve warmed, chilled or baked. Makes about 6-7 cups of dip.

Thanks to Cooking Healthy Foods.

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