Snack Plates and Smoky Almond Cheddar Cheese Dip

by Valerie on March 26, 2010 · 5 comments

These last few months, one of my favorite new things has been to make snack plates. It all started with the snack plate I made the day after Christmas:

Day After Christmas Snack Plate

There’s veggies, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Noshtopia’s delicious edamame hummus, my first attempt at black bean hummus, and a wedge of Sheese. Incidentally, I love baby spinach leaves with a dollop of hummus – such a delicious combination.

I made a few more variations on the above theme, and then, there was the three dip extravaganza plate for Valentine’s Day:

Three dip extravaganza 

There’s parsley hummus (regular hummus with the addition of parsley, lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil), another attempt at black bean hummus (tips anyone? I am still not finding a recipe I love), and muhammara. along with veggies and wedges of this Meghan Telpner pizza crust recipe (tweaked with the addition of quinoa flour and substituting agave for honey) served as flatbread.

And now, I have moved onto nut-based dips, such as this Smoky Almond Cheddar Cheese created by the Voracious Vegan.

Smoky Almond Cheese Dip 

Tasha, the Voracious Vegan, has some pretty fantastic recipes on her blog, and lots of great snack plate pictures too.  I made the smoky almond cheddar cheese just as she described, and added a pinch of cumin.  It was lovely with some Mary’s Gone Crackers Sticks & Twigs (which I reviewed here).  The dip is rich, with some tang, and really hits the spot in terms of providing a cheese-like experience, minus the dairy.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Curator March 31, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Mmm, those all look so good! And healthy too!


2 Carolyn March 31, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I think I will def. be making more of these snack plates, esp. now that the weather is warmer.


3 Karley March 31, 2010 at 6:54 pm

The smoky almond cheese sounds SO good, CG! I will try it.


4 The Voracious Vegan April 2, 2010 at 8:06 am

I'm glad you liked the almond cheddar cheese. I love all kinds of nut cheeses, they are one of my favorite things to snack on. I've got some Cashew Baja Cheese with lots of lemon juice and cilantro in my fridge right now!


5 Sallie Ann April 4, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I love snack plates. Especially when I get home late from a trip, it's so nice to just have little bites of things. My latest favorite is wedges of pita spread with baba ghanouj, and dotted with bits of oil-packed sundried tomatoes.


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