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Spinach and Cheese Dip

Sun, Jan 27, 2013

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Spinach and Cheese Dip

Spinach and Cheese Dip

Three things I love about Super Bowl parties: (1) hanging out with good friends over football Americano and watching them scream at the TV over blotched plays or successful touchdowns – sometimes both at the same time; (2) discussing the sh*ttiness of the halftime show and/or the brilliance of certain Super Bowl ads; and my favorite reason is (3) THE FOOD!

Super Bowl food is like one big appetizer party – chicken wings (my all-time favorite app), crab dips, artichoke dips, Mexican dip, guacamole, chilli – I love them all!

It’s been years since I’ve seen a Super Bowl game on live TV since that would mean waking up at 4am Dubai time to catch the show. Never gonna happen.

By the time Scotch and I are out of bed the next morning, the champions have already been determined and I inevitably find out who the winner is when I go through my morning Facebook and Twitter streams – complete with play-by-plays via my friends’ status updates. There really is no need for me to watch the actual game on a 12-hour delay when I already know the winner (boring) – friend updates are so much more fun to read so keep them up Friends if you are reading this (you know who you are!).

If I were hosting or attending a Super Bowl party this year, this Spinach and Cheese dip would be my contribution. I’ve made this dip 3 times in the last two months – for a friend’s housewarming, for Wee Scotch’s birthday picnic, and for a Murder Mystery party – and people seem to like it as much as I do.

The depth of flavors in this dip comes from the addition of French onion soup mix and allowing the ingredients to meld and mellow with the cheese, sour cream and mayo. This dip has evolved over the years from college days when my roommates Nic and Coors made it from just spinach and sour cream – I now include lots of cheese and a bit of mayo because I love the creamy combination.

Spinach Sour Cream Dip

Stick a spoon in the dip and spread it on sliced French bread or Saltines – Enjoy!

What are you making for Super Bowl Sunday this year (February 3rd) and who are you rooting for – Ravens or 49ers?

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Spinach and Cheese Dip
 
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A creamy and addictive dip for any party! The secret flavors of this spinach dip is from the inclusion of French onion soup mix and allowing the flavors to meld and mellow with the cheese, sour cream and mayo.
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Recipe type: appetizer
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 package (10 oz / 280 g) frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 cup (4 oz or 100 g) shredded Swiss or Sharp White Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream – I use full fat as reduced fat is too liquidy
  • ½ cup mayonnaise – full fat
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • ½ package Knorr French onion soup mix (or Lipton brand)
  • 1 loaf French bread (sliced) or crackers or crudités
Instructions
  1. Squeeze excess water out of the spinach leaves with a few sheets of kitchen roll or clean kitchen towel. If spinach is still frozen, defrost until running cold water and then squeeze out excess water.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the spinach, sour cream, mayonnaise, soup mix, and green onions until well mixed.
  3. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours (better overnight) to blend flavors. Stir well. Garnish with grated cheese and a sprinkle of green onions.
  4. Serve with sliced French bread, crackers or crudités.

 

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nadia January 30, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Very nice presentation! I don’t like spinach much but the mayonnaise, sour cream and cheese will make love it :)

We watch cricket in my household and there’s no appetizer party like how you do it for Super Bowls. You see, a game of cricket takes a whole day! But perhaps I can introduce the concept of appetizers and see how it goes with cricket :)
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ginger January 31, 2013 at 11:20 am

A whole day of cricket = even more time to eat more food! So what do you guys normally eat while watching? Snacks? Or do you prepare a full mean in anticipation of sitting in front of the TV for the day?

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Jess January 31, 2013 at 4:26 am

We always have ourselves a superbowl fake-out. We make up a bunch of dips and snacks and watch a movie on superbowl Sunday night, since it’s far too early in the morning (and a work day) to try to watch it here. It’s fine with me – the snacks are the best part! This type of dip is my favorite to eat out, but I’ve never made it – now I may have to!
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ginger January 31, 2013 at 11:27 am

A super bowl fake-out – What a fun idea!

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Ruth January 31, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I have been fortunate enough to have sampled this delight and it certainly is yummy scrummy x

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ginger February 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Happy to make it for you guys any time!

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