Many years ago, a restaurant here in town served an appetizer called Sheep Dip. I know, not the most appetizing name, but oh my what a delicious combination of hot, gooey deliciousness. It had tons of cheese and spinach and artichokes. Yum, yum, yummy! We ordered it EVERY time we went there. I have since given up dairy, so no more Sheep Dip for me. Not that I don’t think about it sometimes. And THEN! I treated myself to a new cookbook for the holidays: Vegan Holiday Kitchen. A beautiful book full of complete menus for every occasion, including a section on appetizers. One of those recipes looked very, very much like my beloved Sheep Dip. I just had to try it! I’m sharing it with you because YES! Very reminiscent of the original hot gooey deliciousness!
Serve it in a bread bowl, serve it in the baking dish, serve it with bread or crackers or crudites….perfect for a party, perfect for just you and your sweetie…or just you!
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 15-oz can white beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup vegan cream cheese
- 1 14-oz can artichoke hearts, drained
- 1 cup baby spinach leaves (or arugula or watercress)
- 2 TBSP fresh dill
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup mozzarella-style grated vegan cheese
- paprika for topping
Preheat oven to 375F.
Saute onion and garlic in a bit of veggie or No-Chicken broth until the onion starts to caramelize.
Place the saute in a food processor along with the beans and cream cheese, process until smooth.
Add artichoke hearts, spinach, dill, thyme, salt and pepper.
Pulse until evenly chopped, but not pureed.
Place in a oven-safe dish, top with grated cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Sprinkle top with paprika and serve hot or warm.
Have you noticed I don’t have a picture of the final gooey yuminess? My guests were already here when I pulled it from the oven. I was so amazed with it, I sprinkled the paprika, set it on my kitchen island with a flourish and completely forgot to take a picture! It was delish. Go make some and see for yourself!