Smoky Mozzarella Cheeze Dip, Smoky "Mozzarella" Dip

Smoky “Mozzarella” Dip

I know all of you are gearing up for New Year’s resolutions. Hell, now that the holidays are over you might already be hitting the treadmill and drinking those green smoothies (yum) but I’m here to burst your health-bubble. Because this Smoky “Mozzarella” dip is so cheesy, ooey-gooey, smoky and delicious that you aren’t going to be able to control yourself. Don’t even try. Give in to the amazing miracle that is this dip.

You seriously are not going to believe this is not real cheese. It was such a big hit at my Christmas party that there wasn’t any left by the end and half of them are die-hard carnivores. And it’s really perfect because pretty soon it will be New Years. I’m talking more parties. Lots of champagne and fireworks and oh yes, more Smoky “Mozzarella” Dip. I mean, why not?! And now all of us can share in the cheesy goodness without any animal cruelty involved. What’s not to love?

Vegan Mozzarella Dip

For this yummy appetizer, I used these crunchy little Italian toasts from Trader Joe’s, but if you can’t find something like that then grab a loaf of Italian bread, slice it up and toast it yourself. Pita chips would work great too. Or just eat it on whatever you can find, because it will be delicious no matter what you put it on! As a note, this recipe as I wrote it serves 2-4, so feel free to double or triple as needed for parties. Or just for yourself, I promise I won’t tell.


Smoky “Mozzarella” Dip

Serves 2-4

  • 2 oz Daiya Mozzarella style cheese, shredded
  • 2 oz Daiya brand smoked gouda, shredded
  • 2 Tbs vegan cream cheese
  • 2 Tbs vegan Parmesan
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp liquid smoke (adjust to taste for smoky flavor)
  • Chopped tomatoes and fresh basil or parsley, for garnish

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray an oven-safe dish with non-stick spray and set aside.

In a bowl, combine shredded cheeses, cream cheese, Parmesan, Italian seasoning and liquid smoke. Adjust seasonings as desired. Transfer cheese mixture to baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.

Garnish with tomatoes and fresh herbs and serve immediately.

Smoky Vegan Mozzarella Dip


This dip may be a wee bit rich and decadent for frequent eating (and I say that very sadly, trust me) but for special occasions you’ll be winning some awards for best vegan appetizer, I promise. Cross my heart. And if you don’t, well, you probably just didn’t make enough.


Smoky Mozzarella Dip


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Smoky "Mozzarella" Dip
 
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 2 oz Daiya Mozzarella style cheese, shredded
  • 2 oz Daiya brand smoked gouda, shredded
  • 2 Tbs vegan cream cheese
  • 2 Tbs vegan Parmesan
  • ¼ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼-1/2 tsp liquid smoke (adjust to taste for smoky flavor)
  • Chopped tomatoes and fresh basil or parsley, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray an oven-safe dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine shredded cheeses, cream cheese, Parmesan, Italian seasoning and liquid smoke. Adjust seasonings as desired. Transfer cheese mixture to baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.
  3. Garnish with tomatoes and fresh herbs and serve immediately.

 –adapted from Center Cut Cook


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