This blog is supposed to be PG, but there is just no other name that would fit this sauce as perfectly as this one. I was inspired by this great nut based dip called Bitchin’ Sauce.
I’ve been trying to find a way to make a delicious plant-based baked potato, one that has the creaminess of one slathered in butter and sour cream, or stuffed with broccoli and that fake yellow nacho cheese. Remember when Wendy’s used to sell broccoli and cheese baked potatoes? I used to love those! I was also a little chubby in those days.
I tried stuffing the potato with veggies and then topping it with salsa, but I wasn’t satisfied. I found a recipe for a chipotle sauce that would work, but it was made with soy mayonnaise which just didn’t sound appetizing. I refuse to try vegan cheese, because frankly I think it’s disgusting and highly processed. It’s not the flavor so much as the texture, it’s like eating slightly melted plastic wrap tinted with food coloring. So no vegan cheese for me! I gave up on the whole baked potato thing for a while until I remembered bitchin’ sauce.
I didn’t set out to recreate Bitchn’ Sauce I just took the basic principle of the sauce. Who new water, almonds, oil, chipotle, and lemon juice blended together could make such a wonderfully creamy dairy-free sauce?
I stuffed my baked potato with tri-colored quinoa and a sauté of kale, swiss chard, and mushrooms. Now that spring is here, and summer is fast approaching you can fill your potato with roasted summer squash, corn and tomato and top it off with the pinche sauce. You can also try it as a sauce for pasta, to dip your chips in, or drizzled on those quinoa bowls that are so popular with vegans.
Pinche Sauce (Creamy Chipotle Sauce)
Yield: 2.5 cups
Time: 15 min.
|Almonds, whole, raw||½ cup|
|Grapeseed Oil||¼ cup|
|Chipotle en adobo||1 ea.|
|Garlic, clove||1 ea.|
|Lemon juice, fresh||1 tbsp.|
|Salt, kosher||To taste|
|Black Pepper, ground||To taste|
1. Put all ingredients in the blender and blend on high until smooth.
Chipotles en adobo are a canned product that can be found in the Mexican aisle of the grocery store. Here is what they look like: http://www.ourbestbites.com/2011/04/how-to-work-with-canned-chipotle-peppers-in-adobo-sauce/