What started as a casual weekly tradition at the household of author Brian Patton, resulted in several Happy Hour menus, which are now featured in The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home (New World Library, 2013). Designed around specific themes, each menu has a unique twist but can easily be combined with other finger foods. This Vegan Spinach-Artichoke Dip recipe is from the “Bombers and Bread Bowls” menu.
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Spinach-Artichoke Dip Recipe
• 3 cups Cashew Ricotta recipe
• 1 pound frozen spinach, thawed, water squeezed out and roughly chopped
• One 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
• 1 French boule (see “What?” later in this article)
• 2 tablespoons vegan margarine
• Assorted fancy breads torn into bite-size pieces for dipping
• Salt and pepper
1. In a medium pot, combine the Cashew Ricotta, spinach and artichokes, and heat over medium-low heat for 8 to 10 minutes, or until heated through.
2. Insert a knife into the top of the boule, and cut a wide circular piece as if you were carving the top off of a pumpkin. Remove the “lid” and, with your hands, pull out the bread inside, creating a bread “bowl.” Break the chunks of bread that you just extracted from inside the boule into bite-size pieces.
3. In a large skillet, heat the margarine over medium-high heat. When the margarine is melted, add all the fancy-ass bread pieces. Toast the bread pieces on one side for 2 to 3 minutes, then flip and toast the other side for 2 to 3 more minutes.
4. Once the dip is warm, season with salt and pepper to taste, and pour it into the bread bowl. Serve it with the toasted bread pieces for dipping.
You’ll most likely have extra spinach-artichoke dip. If you and your guests don’t eat it all in one sitting, it makes a great filling for pasta shells or lasagna.
What? is a French boule? It’s a round loaf of bread. Well, not completely round; it has a flat bottom. It’s more like a dome...yes, a dome of bread that can be made with any type of flour and is perfect for turning into an edible bowl. Most grocery stores carry them.
Brian Patton is author of The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home and The Sexy Vegan Cookbook. He is also executive chef for Vegin’ Out, a vegan food delivery service in Los Angeles. As the quintessential “regular dude” vegan chef, he started posting instructional cooking videos on YouTube as his witty, ukulele playing alter-ego The Sexy Vegan and quickly gained a large following. Visit him online at The Sexy Vegan.