Spinach Dip So Many Ways

31 Mar

Fast and Fun Appetizer

Today at work I was shown a recipe of a cream spinach and brie appetizer.  I’m not sure about cream spinach but I am all about using recipes for more than one thing!

See the below recipe that I adapted from my friend with whom I once said “I share half a brain with” sent to me.  So simple and delicious.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

–Two bags of baby spinach (spinach cooks down to about nothing but if you are making it for a smaller crowd you could get away with one)
— Two scallions, chopped white part and green
— 1 TBL butter
— 2 TBL of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
— Two garlic cloves, minced

— 1 pack of 12 oz pack of cream cheese, softened (lighten it up by using neufchatel cheese)
— 1/2 cup bread crumbs (have some stale crackers? Put them in the food processor and instant crumbs!)

— 1 pinch of Chili Powder
— Salt and Pepper
— 2 Tsp. Parsley
— 1 Tsp. Paprika
— 1/4 Cup of Parmesan cheese, shredded
— 8 oz Artichoke Hearts, chopped (use artichokes that are packed in olive oil for extra flavor)

Start with the extra virgin olive oil and butter.  Add garlic, don’t let it burn!  Once the garlic starts to brown, add green onions, spinach and artichokes.  Add paprika, parsley and chili powder.  Season as needed with salt and pepper.  While still warm, blend with bread crumbs Parmesan and cream cheese.  An additional step is to bake it in the oven at 375 for about 10 minutes or until bubbly.

Serving options –
One, a bread bowl!  Who doesn’t love a serving dish without clean up?  Hollow out a bread bowl and serve the dip with the bread pieces and your favorite veggies.
Two, there are some great pre-made phyllo dough shell cups.  Heat in the oven according to the directions.  Fill with the dip and enjoy!
Three, the recipe I saw at work.  Take a crusty baguette, slice and toast in the oven.  Top with a piece of sliced brie.  A really fun entertaining cheese available now is a brie log.  Slice and place a piece on the baguette.  Top the brie with a dollop of spinach dip and return to the oven.  Bake until bubbly.  Top with  Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Four, by itself in a bowl with pita chips, tortilla chips, bread, crackers.

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