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Hot Spinach Dip

Make sure all excess water is squeezed out of the cooked spinach before mixing it with the other ingredients. Or, try using rapini in place of the spinach.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ c sour cream
  • 5 oz fresh spinach leaves
  • ½ tsp minced fresh garlic
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1/4c grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 c shredded mozzarella cheese, divided in half
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • Bread, crackers and vegetables for serving
  • Cooking spray

Instructions:

  1. Steam or saute the spinach until wilted. Let cool, then wring out all excess water with a paper towel. Coarsely chop the spinach
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a small baking dish or skillet with cooking spray
  3. Place the cream cheese, sour cream, cooked spinach, garlic, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese and ½ c of the mozzarella cheese in a bowl. Stir until well combined.
  4. Spread the spinach mixture into the prepared dish. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the dip is bubbly and cheese is melted. Turn the oven to broil and cook for 2-3 more minutes or until cheese starts to brown
  6. Sprinkle with chopped chives then serve with bread, crackers and veggies.

Optional Add-Ins:

  • Artichokes: Add ¼ cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts.
  • Bacon: Add ¼ cup cooked and crumbled bacon.
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes: Add 2 tbsp chopped oil-packed sun dried tomatoes.
  • Mushrooms: Add ¼ cup chopped cooked mushrooms

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