I recently received a copy of a new Paleo cookbook called Gather by Hayley Mason and Bill Staley. It is a gorgeous coffee table book (large size format with beautiful photos), though it will not spend much time on your coffee table –it will be in your kitchen where you can use it.
After my younger son and I spent the evening reading through the book, we decided to make the vegan (yes vegan) Spinach and Artichoke Dip. I’ve wanted to eat spinach artichoke dip for quite some time, though have been thwarted by all of the recipes I’ve come across. You see, every recipe for spinach artichoke dip that I’ve encountered has copious amounts of sour cream in it. So I was thrilled to see Bill and Hayley’s dairy-free spinach artichoke dip that uses cashew cream for its base. The dip is rich and creamy, just like you’d expect. And entirely delicious.
2 cups cashews
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon coconut oil
28 ounces artichoke hearts (2 cans)
3 cloves minced garlic
5 cups fresh raw spinach chopped
In a medium-size mixing bowl, cover the cashews with filtered water, and soak them in the refrigerator overnight. The following day, drain the cashews, and place them in a food processor or high-speed blender. Pour in enough filtered water to just cover the cashews. Blend them until smooth. At this point you will have “cashew cream.”
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the cashew cream, nutritional yeast, onion powder, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
In a large heavy skillet, melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the artichoke hearts to the skillet, and saute them for one minute. Add the minced garlic and spinach, and continue to saute them for 5-7 minutes. Mash and chop the artichoke hearts with a silicone scraper or spoon as you saute them. Let the mixture cool. Then, stir it together with the cashew cream. Refrigerate until serving.
Hayley and Bill also have a lovely cracker recipe to accompany this gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free dip.
The batch of dip that I made came from Gather came out looking exactly like the photo in their cookbook. After I faithfully followed their recipe, I added a bit more spinach and artichokes, as I was in the mood for more vegetables. Theirs however, was exactly like the spinach artichoke dip of my childhood. Creamy perfection.
Gather is organized into 16 creative occasions for gathering and acts as your guide to planning any type of menu year round. You can use it for special meals, or simply to make a wonderful Paleo breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. With 100 delicious, gluten-free, grain-free, Paleo recipes (about 2/3 of the recipes are dairy-free too), you’ll find yourself with a plethora of choices that will fool your glutenoid guests into thinking they’re eating regular old food –they’ll love the taste and probably never know about the amazing health benefits.
Word is that Gather is bound for the New York Times bestseller list. I have little doubt that this will occur.
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