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Motsa’ Dip

This warm dip seems like it has mozzarella melted in, because it has a melty, gooey, mild cheesiness that is really yummy! Try it with breads, tortilla chips, veggies, or anything you like.
Course Appetizer, cheese, dips
Servings 1 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup raw almonds or cashews
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats use certified gluten-free for a gluten-free version
  • 1/3 cup peeled cooked, and cooled red or Yukon gold potato (see note)
  • ½ teaspoon chickpea or other mild miso optional; see note
  • ½ scant teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 very small clove garlic
  • 1 cup plus 2–5 tablespoons plain unsweetened almond milk see note
  • tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  • Combine the nuts, oats, potato, miso, sea salt, garlic, 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of the milk, and lemon juice in a blender and puree until very smooth.
  • Transfer mixture to a small/medium saucepan, and heat over low/low-medium heat for 5–8 minutes, stirring frequently until mixture starts to slowly bubble and thicken. To thin sauce slightly, stir in another 1–2 tablespoons of milk, or more as needed for desired consistency (it will thicken more as it sits as well). Avoid thickening sauce over high heat (or increasing heat too quickly), because this sauce can scorch easily.
  • Once sauce has thickened, transfer to a serving dish and serve. Alternatively, you can transfer to a baking dish and set under the broiler for a few minutes to lightly brown the top before serving.

Notes

  • Potato Note: Use a waxy potato like a Yukon or red here; the texture/flavor is preferable.
  • Miso Note: A few extra pinches of salt can be substituted if you don’t have miso on hand (though a touch of miso adds a certain umami quality).
  • Milk Note: I opt for plain unsweetened almond milk or soy milk in this dip. They have more neutral flavors and aren’t as sweet tasting as rice and hemp milks can be. Use the extra couple of tablespoons of milk to “rinse” the blender and get out all the dippy goodness!
  • Serving Suggestions: We love this dip slathered on warm, crusty whole-grain breads to pair with soups. Or, try alongside chili with tortilla chips for dipping!