With NFL football season in full swing, my Sunday mornings consist of game day menu planning and cooking. We’ve enjoyed a lot of our favorites already, but without a doubt, this Lightened Up Reuben Dip is the best thing to happen to our Sunday fundays since these Loaded Kale Nachos.
I wouldn’t call this dip healthy, but it’s definitely a healthier alternative to most reuben dip recipes you’ve probably tried before. Instead of cream cheese, mayo, and/or thousand island dressing making up the base, I got a little sneaky and used a vegetable instead! Say what?! Yes, It’s true. My beloved cauliflower is the star of this dip…a whole head of it, actually. I gave it a rough chop, boiled it until tender, and then made a puree in the food processor (blender works too!). Did you know that cauliflower puree makes a great creamy base for sauces and dips?
Once the cauliflower puree is done, the prep for this dip couldn’t be any easier. Stir in the cream cheese, sauerkraut, chopped corned beef, and swiss cheese. The dip is all but done at this point, but resist the temptation to shovel spoonfuls into your mouth. Pop it into the oven so it’s piping hot and bubbly. Then, add more swiss cheese to the top for a gooey, melty finish!
I’ve made two versions of this dip so far. I skipped the cream cheese the first time around and added it in for the second version. Texture-wise, I enjoyed the cream cheese version more for obvious reasons: It was creamier and smoother! But, both dips delivered in the flavor department. They both tasted like a juicy reuben sandwich, which is what we’re going for, right? So if you happen to be out of cream cheese, if you dislike it, or if you want to lighten up this dip even more, know that you can skip the cream cheese, but still retain the awesome reuben flavor!
This Lightened Up Reuben Dip is best served with mini rye bread slices. But, pita chips, crackers, pretzels are excellent options too. I even opted for veggies to make this a really low carb appetizer. Speaking from experience here, baby carrots and reuben dip are surprisingly delicious together!
Stock up on the ingredients for this easy, 5-ingredient Lightened Up Reuben Dip! T minus 3 days till game day!
- 1 large head of cauliflower, roughly chopped
- 4 ounces light cream cheese, softened
- ¾ cup sauerkraut
- 1 cup chopped corned beef
- 1½ cups shredded swiss cheese, divided
- Cook the cauliflower: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the cauliflower in a large pot. Pour plenty of water into the pot to cover the cauliflower, and ensure the florets floats to the top. Bring the water and cauliflower to a boil, cooking until fork tender. Drain the cauliflower and puree in a food processor or blender until smooth.
- Prepare the dip: Transfer the cauliflower puree to a large bowl. Add in the cream cheese, sauerkraut, corned beef, and 1 cup swiss cheese. Stir to combine.
- Bake: Transfer the dip into a medium baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup of cheese on top and bake for another 5 minutes. Serve with mini rye bread slices, pita chips, or crackers.