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. 



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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!
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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


assembly:
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.

Enjoy!




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50 comments:

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

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

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  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

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

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

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  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!

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

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

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  9. I need to make this! Happy VVP!

    - alexis
    http://www.sugarcoatedvegan.com

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

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  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.
    -Ula
    http://broccoliaddict.wordpress.com/

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

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

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  14. 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

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

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

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

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

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  19. 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!

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  20. 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.

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

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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

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

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

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

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  26. 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!

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

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

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  29. yummy recipe-beautiful photographs!

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

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

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  32. Comfort food at its best :)

    Lovely, bright photos.

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

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

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    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!

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    2. Sounds awesome, thanks for explaining! :)

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

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  37. 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)?

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

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  38. 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!

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  39. 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!

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

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

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

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  43. 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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