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Creamy Loaded Cauliflower Dip

  1. Place cauliflower and water in an 8-cup microwaveable bowl. Cowl with a microwaveable lid or plastic wrap. Microwave on Excessive till the cauliflower is fork-tender however florets should not falling off, 14 to 16 minutes. Let stand, lined, for five minutes. Rigorously take away the lid; let cool for 20 minutes. (To steam in a stress cooker, see Tip.)

  2. As soon as the cauliflower is cool sufficient to deal with, minimize a 4- to 5-inch circle from the highest, utilizing a paring knife. Rigorously minimize a 2-inch deep effectively into the pinnacle, leaving the core intact. Plug any holes with tiny cauliflower florets.

  3. Mix 1/2 cup cauliflower trimmings, yogurt, scorching sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a meals processor; course of till easy, about 30 seconds. Switch to a medium bowl. Put aside 1 tablespoon crumbled bacon. Add the remaining bacon, 1/2 cup cheese and chives (or scallions) to the pureed cauliflower combination; stir to mix.

  4. Spoon the dip into the cauliflower bowl. Sprinkle with the reserved bacon and the remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Garnish with further chives (or scallions), if desired. Serve with items of cauliflower and with potato chips and/or crudités, if desired.

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