Fry-Fecta w/ Vegan Chive & Onion Dip

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When I think back on the parties my parents had when I was little, I remember a few things in particular. I remember the way my parents would prepare days ahead of time; cleaning and organizing the house, arranging the patio furniture so that it would be perfectly accommodating for all our guests. I remember the way my mother smelled when she got dressed up just before the company arrived. The thing I remember most was the habitual appetizers they would present for everyone to snack on. They were only put out on special occasions and that is why I have such fond memories of the food. We always served päté with some soft cheese, whole grain mustard, and seeded crackers as well as some baked brie with crusty bread. They would also serve things that were a bit more kid friendly, although I personally thought the päté was divine, like ridged potato chips with the BEST sour cream and onion dip. I don’t recall it being anything fancy, maybe just one of those seasoning packets mixed with sour cream but I loved it. Now, in my adult life, the only difference is that I still crave those creamy onion flavors but would never purchase the artificial stuff. I wanted to make my own onion dip but instead use wholesome ingredients that are nutritionally beneficial yet still taste amazing. This vegan and healthy dip is seriously one of my favorite things I have ever made to accompany baked “fries”. The fries are a combination, or trifecta if you will, of my favorite veggies; organic carrots (of many colors), parsnips (otherwise known as carrots spicier cousin), and sweet potatoes. The mix of these not only creates the most beautiful presentation of fries you have ever seen, but tastes incredible while providing ample amounts of vitamins and minerals. Ridiculous. Fry-fecta in full affect! 

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Fry-Fecta w/ Vegan Chive & Onion Dip

Serves 4


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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
27 min

Total Time
37 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
27 min

Total Time
37 min

For the Fries
  1. 1 small sweet potato, peeled, cut into fries
  2. 3 parsnips, ends cut off and peeled, cut into fries
  3. 3 small carrots, ends cut off and peeled, cut into fries
  4. 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1 tsp ground cumin
  6. 1/2 tsp ground chipotle chili powder (substitute paprika if you do not want the spice)
  7. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  8. 1/2 tsp pepper
  9. 2 TBSP fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped, for garnish
For the Vegan Chive & Onion Dip
  1. 1 cup soaked cashews (soaked in water overnight and then drained)
  2. juice of 1 lemon
  3. 1 tsp worcestershire (anchovy-free if vegan)
  4. 1/2 cup plain organic almond milk
  5. 3-4 TBSP water or milk (until desired dipping consistency is reached)
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 1/2 tsp pepper
  8. 1 tsp onion powder
  9. 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  10. 2 TBSP fresh chives, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 385. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or aluminum foil. Using tongs, mix the carrots, parsnips, and sweet potato fries with the olive oil and spices until evenly coated. Make sure the fries are in one even layer and aren’t overlapping. Bake for 20 minutes, toss them again with tongs, and turn up the heat to 500. Bake for another 7 minutes, keeping a close eye so they don’t burn, and then set aside.
  2. While the fries are baking, combine the soaked and drained cashews, into the blender. Add the lemon juice, worcestershire, and almond milk. Add a few tablespoons of water until you reach the desired dipping consistency you like. Add the spices, and salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings (I added a tiny bit more salt, onion powder, and splash of worcestershire). Pour into a glass bowl and then add the chopped fresh chives and mix well.
  3. To serve, place the fries on a platter with the chive and onion dip, and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. There will be leftover chive and onion dip! There are endless possibilities for this sauce: use as spread on burgers or sandwiches, use as a dip for a veggie crudité, or serve with you favorite chips!
Adapted from A House In The Hills, Paprika Parsnip Fries
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