Monday, January 26, 2009

Queso Dip



With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, many of us are perusing snack recipes to plan the perfect spread. Admittedly, I don't follow football, but who doesn't love a good excuse for snacking and hanging out on a Sunday? Dips are one of my favorite dishes to make for get togethers. They can be incredibly simple to prepare and pack a lot of flavor. This queso has a richer flavor than the nacho cheese type dips, because the base is Tofutti vegan cream cheese. Delicious served warm with tortilla chips, it would make a great spread for burritos too.

Queso Dip

1 Tablespoon canola oil
3/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1 large clove garlic, minced
8 ounces Tofutti cream cheese
2 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup salsa
1/4 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
handful of cilantro, chopped

In a medium pot, heat oil over medium heat. Saute bell pepper for about 4 minutes, until soft. Add garlic and saute about 30 seconds. Add Tofutti, scallions, salsa, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat and cook gently until the Tofutti is melted. Add cilantro, stir, and serve warm. You could use a mini crockpot for serving to keep it warm.

22 comments:

  1. totally going to make this for the super bowl party we're attending! it sounds so great & looks so creamy & awesome! mmmmmmmmmmmmm!

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  2. Quick and easy bowl of yumminess! I love the "peachy" color!

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  3. I don't follow any kind of sport, but I can always eat queso dip. Looks fantastic!

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  4. HOLY CRAP i am totally making this.

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  5. Yummm....I bet this is really tasty. I love Tofutti cream cheese. I'm actually some right now on a slab of toast with my lunch!

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  6. That look so good! Thank you for the recipe.

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  7. I"m with you on the football... that queso dip sounds like perfect snacking material!

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  8. Football = take it or leave it...
    Vegan queso dip = heck yeah!!!

    I had the artichoke olive dip from Eat Drink & Be Vegan this weekend and am convinced it would also be a prizewinning Super Bowl snack! Your queso looks so good after having that -- I love it when I taste foods are out of my comfort zone and they surprise me with how amazing they are!

    Wow, with all the good things you have to say about SweetArt, I will have to make it a priority to have my first visit there! And I did in fact visit Local Harvest Cafe one Saturday ago and they had 2 vegan soups! I tried the veganized Azeefa lentil dip sammie instead of soup, which was good but I swear they gave me a half pound of bread for that one sandwich! I felt like a giant levitating yeast cloud after eating only half of it.

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  9. Glad I read this, or I would never have known it was the Super Bowl (Guess we're not so keen in our house!). Oh, and the dip sounds good, too ;)

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  10. This sounds so delicious. I like that there's no thickening agent since it's naturally thick. I will definitely keep this in mind for upcoming sporting events!

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  11. that all sounds good to me, except i don't like bell peppers. i wonder how it would be without it. i may do a little experiment...

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  12. Queso dip and chips!!!! YummY! Sounds amazing!

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  13. It is moments like these that I curse not being able to find tofutti!!!!! I used to love queso dip!

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  14. Oh man, and some guac(amole)... Hell yeah!

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  15. Thanks for the queso recipe. It went over so well at our SB party. People didn't believe it was veg!

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