Sunday, December 7, 2008

TGIAF (thank g-d it ain't friday's)

TGIJ- (thank g-d it's jewbaccas!) you should really click on this photo to appreciate the awesomeness...
artichoke dip with deli olives, kalamata olive bread, and yellow bell peppers
i've only been to a TGIF once (in pregan days, of course) and it was gross. the only sit down chain place i've ever really liked was applebee's but since going vegan i find their fare just as revolting. anyway, the TGIF in bloomington endured a scandal a couple years back: one of the prep cook's fingertips was cut off and ended up in someones salad, no shit. there isn't a link to the story because it conveniently disappeared. gross, eh? so my husband and i have called them TGI Fingers. and yes, i laughed like a teenager as i typed that.

this recipe is for the awesome hot artichoke dip from yer pregan days made into a kick assed vegan version. i promise you there are no fingers in this, but you might be tempted to lick your own:

jewbacca's okeydokeyartichokey dip:
  • 3/4 c. follow yer heart monterey jack style cheez, grated
  • 1/2 c. veganaise
  • 2 cloves of garlic (use a garlic press)
  • 2 to 3 small zucchinis (shredded with a cheez grater) OR use 1 pkg of frozen thawed chopped spinach. make sure all the water is drained.
  • 1 heaping T of crushed red pepper
  • 1 t bragg's
  • 1 small jar of artichoke hearts
  • 1/4 c vegan parmesan

  • preheat oven to 350 and spray a 9x9 casserole dish with non-stick spray or olive oil.
  • run your food processor on pulse with the artichoke hearts-(juice and all), veganaise, red pepper.
  • mix the artichoke blend with the shredded cheeze, zucchini, and bragg's
  • bake for 35 minutes. this should get nice and bubbly.
  • top with vegan parmesan and bake for another 5-10 minutes.

pairs well with raw veggies and specialty breads.


Joanna said...

you read my mind!!! i was thinking about this cheesy artichoke dip i would always get at my favorite deli. obviously, i can't eat it anymore, so this would be a great alternative.

that finger story is too gross/funny haha i remember there was a story about a person who found a finger in their wendy's chili. turns out, it was the person who bought that chili that took a random dead person's finger and put it in there!!! how he got the finger? i don't know. he wanted to sue wendy's and get a lot of money, but the police figured it out.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...


I love your idea for a breakfast cookbook... I think I'll do a Breakfast with CCV theme week :o)

Thanks for the idea!

Sal said...

TGI Fingers - hehe. Imagine finding a finger in your salad - erggh! That is just mingin!!