Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Creamy Spinach Dip
Michael and I got were invited to a co-worker's house to watch the NFL playoff games last Sunday. Michael asked me to make something to bring along. I knew they would BBQ tons of meat, so I decided to make a vegan dish that I wanted to eat. I suddenly thought of creamy, gooey spinach dip with big pieces of sourdough.
This recipe is similar to traditional creamy dip recipes, just no dairy cheese and all the extra protein of tofu. It is a bit sweeter, so you can add more garlic if you want it more savory. I liked it though, went nicely with the sourness of the sourdough.
This recipe will serve 8-10 people easily.
1 block of silken tofu, drained
Small amount of vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 a medium white onion, minced
1/4 cup vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
1 cup soy milk
1 tsp garlic powder (more if desired)
6 cups baby spinach, wash and dried well
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup vegan mozzarella cheese (I used Daiya)
Pre-heat the Oven to 375 degrees.
Spray a small baking pan (I used a disposable one) with cooking spray.
Put your drained tofu into a food processor and process until smooth. Set aside for now.
In a medium pot over medium heat, belt a tiny bit of butter. Saute the minced garlic and onion until golden. Set aside.
In the same pot, add the 1/4 cup butter and the flour. Mix together well and cook the paste for just a minute.
Whisk in the soy milk and smooth out any lumps.
Add the processed tofu and mix together well.
Add the garlic and onions back in. Add the garlic powder too.
Slowly mix in the spinach a handful at a time. Let it wilt down a bit before you add more.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Pour the dip into the baking pan.
Cover the top with the mozzarella cheese.
Bake uncover for 20 minutes, until the top is bubbly and very lightly golden.
I served this with sourdough bread pieces but any bread, chips or cracker would be great too. Even some carrots and celery would be lovely.
Sorry I forgot to take a picture of it before everyone dived in, people wanted to try it right away. And I was starving and no one can blame a pregnant mama for wanting to eat!