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Minni Mashed Cauliflower Cheese Dogs

mini mashed cauliflower cheese dogs recipe
This appetizer recipe is something my mom would make us kids with some healthy modifications.

The original recipe called for mashed potatoes, regular hot dogs and regular cheese.

To make it healthier with less fat, carbohydrates and calories, we use mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes.

We have also modified it to use low fat cheese, skim milk and fat free sour cream. Even if you are not a big fan of cauliflower, the mashed version is not so bad.

If you are a big fan of mashed potatoes and just don't like cauliflower, then used mashed potatoes instead of the cauliflower.

But be prepared to add more calories, carbohydrates and points for the substitution.


Minni Mashed Cauliflower


Hot dogs are a favorite for many people and these cheesy mashed cauliflower dogs make a great appetizer, snack or even the main course.
 
These are best eaten when still warm but taste just find cold as well. So make up a few for your next party or dinner. This is one of my favorite appetizer recipes to make.

Recipe Type

Appetizer, Diabetic, Main Dish, Meat, Snack

Degree of Difficulty

Moderately Difficult

Ingredients

  • 8 each Turkey hot dog
  • 8 ounces low fat cheddar cheese
  • 2 each Cauliflower Heads
  • 4 Tbs Sour Cream, fat free
  • 2 tbs Butter, unsalted
  • 1/4 cup Skim Milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut hot dogs lengthwise in half without cutting all the way through.
  3. Place hot dogs on a baking sheet.
  4. Chop cauliflower into small pieces.
  5. In a medium sauce pan, bring 2 cups of water to a simmer.
  6. Add the cauliflower and cook for about 15 minutes or until it is very tender.
  7. Drain completely and pat dry if needed.
  8. Add milk, sour cream and butter to the cooked cauliflower.
  9. Using a hand mixer, blend together until smooth. If you like your mashed potatoes chunky, then don't blend as long so you get chunky mashed cauliflower.
  10. While the mashed cauliflower is still hot, add half the cheddar cheese and blend together.
  11. Place the cheesy mashed cauliflower into the halved hot dogs.
  12. Sprinkle the remaining cheese evenly over the hot dogs.
  13. Place into the oven and bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling slightly.
  14. Remove from oven and cut each dog into thirds.
  15. Place on tray and serve while still hot.

Cooking Times

Preparation Time: 10
Cooking Time: 15

Total Time: 25

Nutrition Facts for Mini Mashed Cauliflower Appetizer Recipe

Nutrition facts shown below are per serving. The number of serving is noted in the header section below.

The serving size is the first item noted on the nutrition facts table.



Nutrition Per Serving

Number of Servings: 24
Serving Size 1.1oz
Calories 78.79
Total Fat 6.18g
      Sat Fat 2.48g
Cholesterol 15.81mg
Sodium 210.07mg
Total Carbohydrates 1.4g
      Fiber 0g
      Sugar 0.71g
Protein 4.21g


Weight Watchers Points

Orig. WW Pts:2
Points Plus: 2

Note:  The nutrition for the cauliflower was not used when calculating WW points

Tips

If you want to turn this appetizer recipe into a main course do not cut hot dogs into thirds. Cottage cheese or applesauce make a great side dish for this meal.








Try making these Italian stuffed mushrooms for another great appetizer recipe idea.

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