Saturday, March 28, 2009

Bagel Chips and Spinach & Artichoke Dip

I love how seemingly random events give you an idea. DJ Karma made some melba toasts, the ninja randomly bought some bagel chips, I brought bagels to work and had about a half dozen left over that I brought home. Now, I could spend the next week eating toasted bagels with Earth Balance and Tofutti cream cheese, but I'm actually trying to fit into my summer pants and powering down bagels and schmear isn't going to get it done. So to preserve the bagels a little longer...let's make bagel chips.

It's really complicated so pay close attention and follow the directions precisely....

Slice the bagels into thin chip pieces and bake in the oven at about 300 degrees for 30 min. Flip once about halfway. If they're not crispy enough, leave them in the oven a little longer.

and voila, bagel chips!

Now for the world's easiest spinach & artichoke dip. This is adapted from a non-vegan artichoke dip I used to make in college that originally came from a friend's mom. This can be as fresh or as pre-packaged as you want. I usually have some version of the ingredients on hand at any time. You can also use either artichokes or spinach if you've only got the one. I'm sure you can use soft tofu instead of the vegan mayo, just adjust the salt & lemon to taste.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip
1 bunch spinach or 1 package frozen chopped (or a can of spinach for Popeye effect.)
1 tsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic - smashed
1 can artichokes chopped (marinated "works" if that's what you've got, but I drain and rinse them-use less or no lemon juice to taste)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise (I usually use vegenaise today I used Wildwood Aioli)
2 TBS lemon juice
Salt & pepper to taste

Saute spinach until wilted with the garlic in a little olive oil. Add artichokes and cook about 2 min. Add nootch, vegenaise and stir to combine. Remove from heat and add lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. This is ready to serve as is hot or you can bake it in the oven topped with breadcrumbs (bagel breadcrumbs!) if you're bringing to a fancy party. Serve with bagel chips or (I can't believe It's vegan) Triscuits.

OK, now just don't eat it all in one sitting...Yum! TGI Friday's (not vegan) has nothing on this! You can also serve with raw veggies like bell peppers, broccoli, and carrots. It's also good as a cold dip for the summer.


Anonymous said...

Oh Jenn! You're speaking my language with those treats! Here's to those summer pants. I'm right there with ya.

ginger said...

yay! i am so going to make this the next time i have a family get together or a potluck...thanks jenn!!

you crack me up with the bagel chip instructions. :)

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

This would really hit the spot!Looks great.

Mihl said...

That sounds like an awesome snack!

selina said...

i love spinach artichoke dip!!! looks yummy!

Jeni Treehugger said...

Not sure if I can follow the Bagel Chip instructions!


The dip sounds awesome, thanks for the recipe. Will give this a try.

Jeni Treehugger said...

And it made me laugh that you preceded the words Olive Oil with the word Popeye.

Hee hee hee

Jenn said...

Ha ha Jeni! I didn't even notice the Popeye and Olive Oil!

Anonymous said...

I'd definitely dance for today's treats Jenn!


Stay Vegan! said...

The artichoke dip is going on my menu tonight. Thanks for the idea!

River said...

Bagel chips are one of my favorite snacks! Now, if only they weren't so difficult to make. Your instructions are so long! Tee hee! :D

It's almost April! Almost Lost in Austen time!!

troy said...

wow, this sounds excellent. SUCH a terrible thing to be looking at prior to lunch.