Go, Spin Dip, Go!

Can you tell that I have been reading too many 1 year old books? Yes? “Go, Dog, Go” is on the nightly rotation along with “Good Night Moon” and “Curious George”. But this dip is not for kids, it is for ME! Well, me and my lucky friends. It was my turn to bring the snack to small group this past week. So I turned to my favorite little recipe collection… Pinterest! I was actually searching for a St. Patty’s Day green treat, but what I found was Martha Stewart’s Spinach Dip Recipe. Yum.

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I have always wanted to learn to make a Spinach Dip. I get super giddy anytime I find one that I love; there may be excessive hand clapping and squealing. Maybe. I prefer more spinach, less artichoke and just the right amounts of garlic and cheese. Some great ones in Cincy, IMHO, can be found at: The Pub in Hyde Park, Bar Louie in Newport, Teller’s in Hyde Park, and Applebee’s down the road. If I could add a homemade Spin Dip to that list… life would indeed be grand!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more for baking dish
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds spinach, cleaned, trimmed, and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 ounces reduced-fat bar cream cheese
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • Baguette slices, breadsticks, or crackers, for serving

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First, I prepped the spinach I have to admit this is the first time that I have cooked with fresh spinach (besides salad). I opened the first bundle and picked off the stems. It took a LONG time.
dip2By the time I got to the second bundle I used my brain and cut the stems while it was still bundled. Genius? Nope, I just needed a wee bit of experience. I washed the spinach and chopped it up, just rough chops.
dip4I threw the onion and garlic in my dutch oven. I let it cook until soft and brown. Oh it smelled so good in my kitchen. Husband came home and groaned as he walked in the door. Always the best hello. (STORY BREAK: I call him “Husband” as a nickname. I know it is not creative but it is sweet to me. I called him “Boyfriend” when we were dating. I loved it! He upgraded to husband 7.5 years ago so his nickname had to change too.)
dip3I added in half of the spinach and let it cook completely until wilted. Then I added this second half right on top and let that wilt down. A few stems spared the knife, but the won’t spare the sauna. Muah-ah-ah!
dip5 dip6Once it all the spinach was completely wilted down, I transferred it to a strainer and with paper towels pushed all the excess liquid out.

In the empty dutch oven, I dumped the cream cheese and milk and stirred until smooth.

dip7Next, the spinach went back into the hot tub along with all the final ingredients: 1/4 cup of the mozzarella cheese, worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, salt and pepper.

dip8dip10I greased a shallow baking dish with olive oil and dumped it in. I put the rest of the mozzarella cheese right on top.

One reason I love this recipe is you could totally make it ahead or take it with you to a friend’s house. That is just what I did. Spinach Dip wil travel… as my son says once his shoes are on “Go! Go! GOOO!”

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Quick Tip: On the top of the lid I put a sticky note with the temperature and length of time to cook. This is helpful for me and the host once I arrive at our destination.
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I have no “after picture” so you’ll just have to trust me… the cheese browned beautifully and my friends were happy. Husband said it needed more cheese, but he is a cheese-aholic. I loved it. This is life-changing people! At least for me. The fact that I can make my own spinach dip means I never have to leave my house again. OK, I am exaggerating just a tad… for emphasis.

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