Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Creamy Spinach Dip

A note of thank you to Allen of Eating Out Loud for the recipe inspiration in today's post!
Want to know a random fact? I've never actually tried "real" Spinach dip. 
This is amusing to me now, because a bulk of the recipes I make are deeply rooted in the non-vegan world but come across convincingly like the real thing. Thankfully I have some wonderful non-vegan taste-testers to back this up, and I'm excited to have a new recipe to add to the their testing plate! If it were up to me I'd find a way to send this dip to every single one of you, it's just so good! 
There's only one simple trick to getting the very most out of this dip - it's all about the veggies.
 If you plan on making it for a party or appetizer I would recommend doubling the recipe because (at the risk of sounding presumptuous) it's going to be popular, especially among people like myself who are squeamish about real mayo or sour cream. You also get the added bonus of knowing you made this entire dip from scratch...and maybe bragging about it just a little bit too
Important Note About This Recipe
Why do we massage the Spinach? In the first step of the recipe you're instructed to massage the spinach leaves. This is important because massaging the spinach is like a quick wilting process and it helps to gently break the cell walls - in turn you're helping to enhance the flavor of the spinach. 
Why do we dry the Spinach and veggies? When the wilted spinach and veggies are warmed/dried their flavor is intensified because you're removing some of their natural water content. The end result is a flavor-packed veggie mix that makes one heck of a dip! Try this technique using other veggies too.
Raw Vegan Creamy Spinach Dip
Makes roughly 4 appetizer servings...unless you're eating it alone...
Step 1.
Spinach & Veggies
1 c packed Spinach leaves
Place your Spinach in a large bowl and begin to gently massage it by grabbing handfuls and pushing it through your hands with your thumb and index finger:
Spinach pre-wilted
Spinach after it's been massaged/wilted
Now transfer your wilted Spinach to a cutting board and finely chop it up:
I recommend finely chopping your spinach, but not mincing it
In a mixing bowl combine:
All of your wilted/chopped Spinach
2 Tbsp finely grated/minced Carrot
1 Tbsp minced Red Bell pepper
1 Tbsp minced Sun-dried Tomato
2 tsp minced fresh Dill
a dash of Salt and Pepper 
Step 2.
Drying Your Veggies
If you love this dip as much as I do you might end up making batches of the above mixed spinach and veggies and keeping it in your fridge for those moments where you just want to eat an amazing dip with some crackers and carrots. If you do make this spinach and veggie mix it will keep in your refrigerator (after it's been dried) for at up to 2 weeks. 
Proceed to dry your Spinach & Veggies for 1 hour, or maybe a bit longer.
Your finished veggies should look like the above photo. Not completely dry, but shriveled and even more wilted. 
You're almost done!
Step 3.
Making your Raw Vegan Creamy Spinach Dip
In a mixing bowl combine:
1 Tbsp Lemon juice
1 tsp Date Paste
1 tsp Onion powder
1/2 tsp Garlic Granules
1/2 tsp Nutritional yeast (optional)
1 pinch ground Celery Seed
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
Mix all of the above together until creamy.
Now add your Spinach and Veggie mixture from Step 2!
Holy yummy!
From here there's only one thing left to do (don't hate me):
Place your dip in the fridge and let it sit/chill for 1 hour so the flavors of the spinach and veggies can develop -- and believe me, they will!
It's totally up to you how you want to eat your Creamy Spinach dip, but I've always loved the idea of Cucumber cups - especially if you're entertaining! 
Happy munching!

xoxo,

8 comments:

  1. This looks awesome!!!!

    I'm gonna share a secret with you now... I've made a cheaters version by mixing chopped spinach into AtV French onion dip ;)

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    1. I love you more! Also, I love the idea of putting celery seed in this.

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    2. Celery seed can be such an awesome secret weapon in dips!

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  2. To dry the veggies, do you just leave it out for an hour? Sorry, didn't quite get that step!

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    1. Hi Cat,
      Sorry for the confusion!

      I've added a new page for warming/drying methods, and hyper-linked to it in Step 2 of the recipe: http://www.addictedtoveggies.com/p/raw-vegan-warming-methods.html
      Choose one of the warming methods noted in the above link and let your veggies dry/warm for an hour.

      Hope that clears things up for ya!

      -S

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  3. OMG! I am in love with this dip! It is the best I have ever had!!!!! Thank you so much for the recipe!

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