So yay! I made a really good spinach-artichoke dip for the Oscars on Sunday, and it was super-easy but super-decadent. I was inspired by the Don't Eat Off the Sidewalk recipe but ended up fattening it way the hell up ('cause I'm sorry, but that's the nature of spinach-artichoke dip--it ain't TRULY spinach artichoke dip if you don't feel concerned that it could give you a heart attack).
Anyways, it turned out really fricking well. You would never guess that there's a whole can of beans in there, and they do a nice job of balancing out the cream-cheezy flavor so it's not overpowering.
My brother (who loves spinach-artichoke dip) said, and I quote: "Wow. You wouldn't guess this is vegan. It tastes even better than the TGI Friday's spinach-artichoke dip from the grocery store!" Which I THINK was a compliment.
But yeah: I haven't had spinach-artichoke dip in years and years, and I fricking LOVED it. Thankfully I was pretty full from dinner, otherwise I probably could've easily plowed through half of this.
Oh, and I accidentally baked it at 0-degrees for 20 minutes because my mom's stove is confusing. But you may wanna skip that step. ; )
- 1 small can Great Northern beans, drained
- 1 T. olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 c. fresh spinach, shredded into small pieces
- 1 14.5-oz can artichoke hearts (quartered or whole is fine), roughly chopped
- 1 tub vegan cream cheez
- 1/4 c. panko bread crumbs
- 1-2 T. nutritional yeast
Preheat oven to 400-F.
Heat the olive oil on medium in a pan. Add onion and cook until nearly translucent. Add garlic and cook one minute more. Toss in your spinach and cook until wilted (2-3 minutes). Remove from heat.
Toss your drained beans into a food processor. Blend until smooth.
Empty the tub of vegan cream cheez into a casserole dish. Add blended beans and mix until well-combined.
Add artichoke hearts, spinach-mix, panko, and nooch.
Cover with lid or foil and cook about 20 minutes.
Remove lid/foil and cook for 10 or 15 minutes more, until a little browned and heated through.
Serve with chips or whatever other dippables you like.
Serves 4-ish or so