When I lived in MN there was a restaurant called Copelands that has a New Orleans style menu. I've heard the MN location actually closed some time ago which is really sad because the food was ridiculous! I know they made tons of money off of me because I used to go there every chance I got. My Sister and a few of my best friends threw me a surprise b-day party there when I turned 33 or 34. Best party ever! But that's a story for a different day. Anyway....they had this spinach and artichoke dip and I swear it's the best I ever had. I settled for Olive Gardens dip when we moved away, which was pretty good, but definitely not as good as Copelands.
Yesterday I decided to try my hand at making a vegan version to satisfy my craving and it turned out pretty good. I'll have to play around with the measurements a bit because it was a little too zesty for me; I think it may be due to my not using fresh artichokes. I was being lazy and didn't really feel like taking the time to cook them so I just decided to buy the ones that come in the jar. I used spinach and artichokes of course and then a vegan cream cheese, vegan mozzarella instead of parmesan (haven't found a vegan parmesan cheese yet) sour cream, and a few other ingredients I can recall off the top of my head at the moment. It wasn't really complicated and didn't take very long to prepare. Everyone enjoyed it which you know always makes me happy. I chose to serve it with some warmed garlic naan that we had....they actually went pretty well together.
I didn't take pictures of the preparation, but did take a picture of the finished product:
|Served with Garlic Naan|
Ok, I'm thinking I really need to not blog about food late at night because all it does is make me hungry and tempts me into going and grabbing something to eat. I don't think eating at 11:45 at night is really conducive to my desire to lose weight. Guess I'll practice some self control and just take myself to sleep. Night All!!!