Look what you can do with a bit of delicious beer and an easy vegan cheese sauce! This beer cheddar bread bowl dip was made by John as part of our cooking with booze challenge on our YouTube channel and we think it makes the perfect party dish for new years eve!
** serves 4 to 6 people
2 C diced white potato
1 C diced carrot
1 C diced yellow onion
1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
2 tbsp vegetable oil
4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1 C lager or ale
1/2 C raw cashews (soaked for 20 minutes in hot water)
1/4 C nutritional yeast
1/4 C unsweetened non-dairy milk
2 tbsp pickled jalapeños
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp chili powder
1 round loaf of sourdough bread
1/2 C vegan cheddar shreds (optional)
2 tbsp finely chopped green onion or 1 tbsp finely chopped chives (optional)
1/4 C coconut fakin' bacon (optional)
Heat a pan over medium heat with vegetable oil. Ensure your potato, carrot, onion, and celery are chopped all roughly the same size and not too large as you want them to cook evenly in the pan. Add potato and carrot and sauté for 5 minutes. Then add onion and celery and continue to cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. You want some colour and caramelization to develop on the vegetables. Lower the heat slightly if the onion starts to burn.
Then add garlic and 1/4 tsp of sea salt and ground pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes. Then add the beer and allow it to simmer for 5 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
Drain and rinse the cashews from the soaking water and add to a high-powered blender. Then add the sautéed vegetable and beer mixture along with 1 tsp of sea salt, and the chili powder, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, jalapeños, non-dairy milk and nutritional yeast. Blend on high until very smooth. You should not need to add any more liquid, but be sure to stop the blender and shake the contents once or twice to get it moving and blending consistently until smooth.
For the bread bowl, cut into the top of the loaf diagonally and around the circumference. Remove any excess bread with your hands to create a good bowl like shape but being careful not to tear through the crust of the loaf. Tear all the excess bread with your hands into bite size pieces and arrange them on a large baking sheet with the hollowed out bread bowl. Toast this in the oven for approximately 10 to 12 minutes so it's crusty and warm but not excessively hard.
The cheddar dip should still be warm from blending the cooked vegetables and beer, but if it's had too much time to cool down then you should warm it up in a sauce pan before adding it to the bread bowl. It will also heat up a little bit while under the broiler but not enough if it's too cold or you made it ahead of time and refrigerated it.
Pour the dip into the bowl and top with vegan cheddar shreds, if desired. Place under the broiler for approximately 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and slightly golden around the edges of the bread bowl. Top with chopped green onion and our coconut fakin' bacon if you like!