Vegan Onion Dip [MMAZ]

by Sarah on November 19, 2012 · 13 comments

Buried in an e-mail about labels and flavors, my friend-through-blogging–as well as Nutty Butter designer, and occasional life (plus running) coach–Calee dropped this little nugget of culinar-ecration wisdom:

People think that since you’ve got ingredients listed, it’s easy to recreate.

Not the case.

Although she was talking about almond butter, this is a situation I know all too well.

Case in point: White Mountain Foods Tofu Onion Dip, a delicious concoction I was able to sample last summer, but, despite my best attempts, was unable to successfully recreate.

i was, however, able to make quite a mess.

The eventual semi*-success of Creamy Sweet Onion Dressing kept my allium cravings at bay, but when Heather announced that O is for Onion in her Meatless Mondays A-Z challenge,I knew it was time to try once more.
*Wonderful, but not what I really wanted.This time, I would not be stopped. I would make a vegan dip(ity doo dah) that tasted so much like the canned Frito-Lay variety ever present during football season (and, perhaps oddly, my sorority house in college) your Pavlovian response was to break open a bag of Ruffles and go to bad-breath-but-worth-it town.
Touchdown, me.
When using a manufacturer’s list of ingredients–which are all, we hope, items you don’t need to procure from a scientific laboratory–doesn’t quite work, the only thing left to do is make your own playbook.
The first place to start? Using steamed onions instead of powder.
I sliced up a sweet onion–quick and easy, no dicing [slash] crying involved—and put it in a saute pan with water, then let it cook away until soft and fragrant. A bit of draining on paper towels (like you’d do with game-day burger meat), and into the food procesor with 12 oz. of firm tofu it goes.
Process that really well, to truly let the onion flavor take over the field.
Add some minced, roasted garlic, a splash of rice vinegar, salt, and pepper…then round of the Vegan Flavoring All-Star Team for the win: nutritional yeast, dijon mustard, and Bragg’s liquid aminos.
It’s so simple and fast there’s no need for a half-time show. But with about one-third the calories and three times the protein of the canned stuff, the only real question is:
Where are the Ruffles when you need them?

i, of course, always have a wasa.

Vegan Onion Dip

[Makes about 2 cups]

  • 1 medium sweet onion (225 g), sliced
  • 12 oz. firm tofu, drained
  • 1 tsp. minced, roasted garlic
  • 1 tsp (or so) rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. Bragg’s liquid aminos [or tamari or soy sauce]
  • 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  1. Peel and slice onion into thin half-moons. Put onion in a medium-sized frying pan, adding water (not to cover). Simmer/steam on medium heat, stirring regularly, until onions are soft and translucent.
  2. Drain onions and pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. Combine onion and tofu in a food processor. Process until most of the onion is well incorporated and there are few ‘chunks.’
  4. Add remaining ingredients.
  5. Process until smooth.

Serve with chips or veggies!

Because I put everything on giant bowls of salad–including the original dip inspiration–I, naturally, tested this out as well. I give it an A for allium.
(And yes, I did have to google ‘type of vegetable onion’ to remind myself it was an allium. Hence, I needed to reference that twice in order to appear smart.)

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