Bacon and Ranch Cauliflower Dippers and Ranch Dip

Thursday, May 01, 2014 Alanna Figueira 12 Comments

I love how I couldn't even get a picture of these without my 3 year old's grubby little fingers!  So, this is my recipe, but I can't take full credit for it since it was my lovely fiancé who suggested making these into awesome little bite sized dippers.  Initially, I made this recipe into 4 large "mini pizzas" and they were so delicious, but the crispy edges were the best part!  We wanted something that would taste like the edges! So he suggested making these little guys. OMG they are so perfect! They taste fried but they're not.  That's not to say I have anything against frying, I'm all for it but this is easy!


Just pop them in the oven on parchment paper.  I love new paleo friendly side dishes, I easily get bored of roasted sweet potatoes and mashed cauliflower.  My 3 year old really loves these and I'd even make them as a snack. 

This ranch dip never lasts more than 1 day in our house, we all love it.  It's great on salad and great as a dip for sweet potato fries, sliced veggies, and these things!  I always add fresh herbs from my garden into this dip.  My favorites are dill, parsley and cilantro.  I'm listing the recipe for the dippers and the ranch dressing, and you will take 2 Tbsp of ranch out to use to make the dippers.  The whole thing is so flavorful, they remind me of some crazy TGIFriday's appetizer, minus the chemicals.

*Make your ranch first because you will need it to make the dippers

Ingredients:
2/3 cup avocado oil or light olive oil
1 room temperature egg
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1 tbsp dried herbs or handful chopped fresh herbs
2 Tbsp full fat unsweetened canned coconut milk 


Directions:

1.  Place the egg, 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar, spices and herbs (everything but the coconut milk) in the food processor.  Pulse a few times.

2.  Measure out 2/3 cup oil.

3.  Slowly pour the oil in through the top holes of the blender, with your finger on the grind button constantly.  It will take a few minutes to get it all in.  

4.  Once all the oil has been added in, add the coconut milk and pulse a few more times.  


Dippers

Ingredients:

1 head cauliflower, washed, cut and steamed 
1/4 cup almond flour
2 Tbsp tapioca starch or arrowroot starch (I prefer tapioca)
1 egg
2 Tbsp ranch *recipe above 
4 slices of bacon, chopped
2 shallots, chopped
1/4 cup fresh chopped herbs
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp granulated garlic 

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 425F and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2.  Chop and steam cauliflower florets only, not the stems.

3.  While cauliflower is steaming, cook the bacon. You can chop it before you cook or after. 

4.  While that is cooking, chop your shallots and herbs.  

5.  When the cauliflower is fully cooked, add cooked florets to a food processor. Food process into an almost mashed consistency.  You will probably need to do this in 2 or 3 batches.  Don't worry if you over do it, it will still work. 

6.  Transfer the processed cauliflower into a large mixing bowl.

7.  In a small bowl, mix together the dry ingredients- almond flour, tapioca or arrowroot, sea salt, black pepper, onion powder and granulated garlic. 

8.  Add the everything to the large bowl with cauliflower- the egg, 2 tbsp ranch, the dry ingredients, the chopped bacon, herbs, and the chopped shallot.  Mix well to combine. 

9.  Drop 1 tbsp sized balls onto cookie sheet and push them down flat.

10.  Bake at 425F for about 40 minutes, flipping half way.  They are done when they are crispy golden brown on both sides. 




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12 comments :

  1. I'm so excited to try this! Do you think an onion would be an okay substitute for a shallot? Thanks!

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  2. You keep saying"herbs" could you get more specific please?

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  3. ops..it's in the paragraphs above.

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    1. :) I usually grab whatever I have growing in abundance at the time ;)

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  4. Where do you get your bacon? I don't know where to buy bacon that doesn't have sugar in it.

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    1. @ Amanda Balle We can buy it locally at our Food Matters/ whole Foods, but Amazon carries it as well.. http://www.amazon.com/Pedersons-Natural-Farms-Sugar-Bacon/dp/B00PHIYW54

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  5. I also wanted to tell you what an inspiration you are! Thanks for all your great recipes!

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  6. Sorry I'm bugging. Do these keep well in the fridge and can you freeze them? My husband is deployed so it's just me and my little guy eating.

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    1. Thanks! They do reheat well. WF has a brand Pedersons or us wellness meats for bacon ;)

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  7. I can't seem to get mine very crisp, but they are tasty:)

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  8. How long will the ranch keep in the fridge?

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