Saturday, May 11, 2013

virtual vegan potluck: hot spinach & artichoke dip

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Oh man, I am so excited for today! So many of my favorite bloggers coming together& sharing amazing vegan food. What's better than that you ask? Getting to meet a whole slew of new to me bloggers through the potluck- so awesome. A huge thank you to Annie, Somer and Jason for all your hard work organizing the potluck - you all amazing!

I knew immediately what I wanted to contribute to the potluck - this recipe was in my pre vegan binder of tried and true recipes. This dip has been made for Superbowl Parties, Birthday's, Celebrations & Neighborhood Dinners and has never let me down -always a crowd pleaser. 

The ingredients are easy to come by - it is a dip that you can pull together at a moments notice or make ahead of time and reheat when the party starts. I have made this on the stove top, in the oven and in a crock pot - all versions are good, however I really love the baked version.

Not a fan of artichokes? Leave em' out and add in a few additional cups of spinach. 
No vegan Worcestershire on hand? No worries, you can leave it out and it will still be amazing.

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I like dips that travel well and this one does - simply reheat upon arrival.  To make transporting & heating even easier make it in your crock pot - this is especially a good option if you are going to potluck.

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You can top the dip with daiya, almanese or both. I like the combination of the two, make sure you add the almanese during the last 10 minutes of baking to prevent burning.
I like to serve this dip with crostini, pita chips, bagel chips & fresh veggies - if you can find sesame sticks that would be a pretty awesome dipper too!

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Do you have a favorite go to party dip?
What are your favorite celebrations to attend- personally, I love Cinco de Mayo and any excuse to have a VBBQ I am there!

Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip
serves 8-10

you will need:
2 tsp olive oil
2 medium shallots diced  (about a 1/4 cup)
 4 cloves of garlic minced (more or less to suite your taste)
5 cups Baby Spinach
 1/2 cup unsweetened vegan almond milk or half n half or other non dairy milk
 6 oz Vegan Cream Cheese
(1) 8oz can quartered Artichoke Hearts packed in water- roughly chopped
 few dashes of hot sauce 
few dashes vegan Worcestershire sauce 
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup almanese and/or 3/4 cup vegan shredded cheese, divided
crostini, sesame sticks, veggies, pita chips

pre heat oven to 425*

In a dutch oven heat oil over medium heat, Add Shallots and Garlic, saute until fragrant and golden brown.  Working in batches add spinach and allow to wilt. Transfer spinach mixture to a fine mesh sieve, drain pressing to release excess liquid. Set aside.

In the same pan, warm milk over high heat. Add vegan cream cheese and whisk until smooth. Add drained & chopped artichokes, spinach, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 cup of shredded vegan cheese. Stir to combine. Transfer mixture to a baking dish - place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. At the half way point (at the 10 minute mark) top dip with the additional 1/4 cup of vegan cheese and almanese.

Remove from oven and allow to cool a bit prior to serving. Serve with fresh (sturdy) veggies, pita chips, crostini, sesame sticks.


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  1. This looks wonderful. Super comfort food. I love how versatile it is.

  2. Mmmm, I love vegan dips...especially spinach and artichoke dips. I will definitely have to try making this one soon!

  3. I love the gooeyness dripping down the side! I LOVE spinach artichoke dip, I think you've been reading my mind lately and making all my favorite things. Lovely photos, as always! xx

  4. Oh yeah, I can totally get down with that creamy dreaminess.

  5. this looks like one perfect addition to take around to any potluck! creamy dreaminess indeed!

  6. A grand & very tasty looking vegan dip! A must make! I am happy to find your lovely blog over here in the VVP!

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! I also joined in the dessert section! Many greets from a foodie from Belgium!

  7. Spinach dip always has a welcome place on my plate. Looks delicious!

  8. Oooooh! I wanna get some flat breads at this dip ASAP!!!

  9. I need to make this! Happy VVP!

    - alexis

  10. Delicious, one thing I've missed as a vegan!

  11. I love spinach and artichoke dip, but haven't eaten it since I've gone vegan (7 years now - yikes!). I have to try this soon.

  12. Oh now THIS looks simply divine!!

  13. Yummy! What would a potluck be without the artichoke dip! Although it is rarely vegan. This just feels so perfect.

  14. Delicious!! I can seriously eat that everyday!

  15. I haven't had hot spinach and artichoke dip since I went vegan so this is a great find, thanks! A perfect potluck contribution. I shared savory turnovers but they could do with a dip, this recipe would be perfect! -- Sarina @ Earthgiven Kitchen

  16. A classic!! I loved this as a kid. It looks just as ooey-gooey good (better!), too! Thanks so much for participating!

  17. My mouth is watering! I can't wait to whip this dish up.

  18. Yum. I think you could fool even the most Ominvorous party-goers!

  19. Spinach and Artichoke dip is my very favorite party dip!

  20. Spinach and artichoke dip is one of my very favorites--I've been known to make a dish and just eat it for dinner with half a baguette. :) Your version sounds amazing!

  21. Hmmmm, this dip looks so yummy. I can just imagine making a batch that is supposed to serve 8-10 (bwhahaha) and just eating it all by rolling it up in red cabbage leaves (one of my favourite vehicles to get dip into my mouth). Thank you for the great recipe.

  22. What a delicious dip combination my friend, it sounds insanely healthy but tasty :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  23. One of my favorite dips ever! Looks delish!

  24. Beautiful photos! Your post just made me very hungry. :)

  25. I have been dyingggg to find a good spinach artichoke dip without the cheese. This one looks amazing!

  26. This looks great. I used to love spinach artichoke dip once upon a time, but now I can love it again!

  27. I have been meaning to make a vegan version of this for so long and I have to say yours looks more delicious than anything I could come up with I'm sure ;) Just amazing :)

    Happy potluck my dear!

  28. Dips are quintisenntial to a potluck and this would be welome at any. Great addition!

  29. Oh man, this is totally one of my favorite dips! Totally bringing this to one of my next gatherings.

  30. yummy recipe-beautiful photographs!

  31. yummy! i only had spinach artichoke dip once and i was in love! this looks so creamy and delicious! must try!

  32. Wow, this looks simply amazing! If I saw this at a potluck I think that I might hide it all for myself. :)

  33. Comfort food at its best :)

    Lovely, bright photos.

  34. Would love some of that dip right now! ;)
    Looks great Heather and beautiful photos as usual ;)

  35. Hot spinach & artichoke dip is one of my ultimate favorite party foods and this one looks totally perfect! Soooo yum! :-)

  36. Replies
    1. Hi Meg!

      Almanese is like a vegan Parmesan made from sliced almonds, nutritional yeast, garlic, olive oil & lemon juice- it is really easy to make- veganmonicon has a great recipe in their cookbook!

    2. Sounds awesome, thanks for explaining! :)

  37. Holy cow that looks SO GOOD!! I'm a sucker for spin & art dip!

  38. I love that you made a healthier vegan version of spinach and artichoke dip! I usually find them overloaded with oil and cheese and just way too rich to eat more than a little bit, but I've never tried a vegan version - I'm sure I would have a harder time eating only a little bit of your dip! I like the browned bits on top too - did you add a crumble or nuts on top (it looks like almonds)?

    1. Thanks Genevieve! I made an almanese with slice almonds, nooch, olive oil, lemon, garlic & a little salt- so good!

  39. I never made this dip, but this friend of mine made it a couple of time for potluck parties and it's always licked clean. Love it!

  40. Finally got a chance to sit down and go through the potluck! Looks really yummy, I have never had a hot dip before but as it's becoming wintery here I think I might have to try it - bookmarked!

  41. I love vegan dips! I have never made a spinach and artichoke dip like this and I am looking forward to trying this! - Kerry

  42. I love spinach + artichoke dip and yours looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.
    x Vix :: vegan baking + raw desserts

  43. This looks fantastic!!! We are having a potluck at work mid-June and I'm totally bringing this! Thanks for sharing! xo

  44. Wow what a fantastic dish. Spinach is such a power food :) June 14 we have a pot-luck and this is my contribution, thanks for the great recipe.(with a kick of Worcestershire sauce)


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