Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Spinach Dip

Is it just me, or does everyone's Mum have that one appetizer or dip recipe that just knocks it out of the park?  My mum in law, Leona, makes a killer "Surprise Spread" with cream cheese, shrimp meat, green peppers, tomaotes and mozzarella. 

Barbara Nadon
Momma Barb

My Mum's specialty was always Spinach Dip.  She used to make it for baby showers, bridal showers, get together with neighbours - you name the occassion she made it.  In fact she even made it for us this past Christmas Eve during our Game Night!
A couple of weeks ago friends of ours were visiting from Vancouver Island and we got together with them and a few other couples and their little ones (Ty & I definitely laughed about being 'out of the club'.  Don't get me wrong, I am SO NOT ready for a little Leslie -eek!).  Anywho, we were all getting together for treats in the evening so I decided to whip up my Mum's famous Spinach Dip recipe.
Momma Barb's Scrumptious Spinach Dip
What You'll Need
1 Cup sour cream
1 Cup REAL mayonaise
1/2 red onion
1 can water chestnuts
1 package of low sodium Knorr veggie soup mix
1 pacakge frozen spinach
1 sourdough or pumpernickle "breadbowl"
First mince up your waterchestnuts.  I bet you're wondering "Do I have to put water chestnuts in?" The answer is yes.  Why?  Well becuase they're awesome, but more imprtantly they give a great cripsness and crunch to the dip!
Next mince your red onion into similar size pieces as the water chesnuts and toss in a bowl together.

Next add in your sour cream and mayonaise.  In the ingredients list you'll notice I wrote "real" mayonaise.  That's because for some crazy reason, we Canadians use Miracle Whip more often thatn mayo for sandwhiches, etc etc.  So I buy a small jar of low fat Hellmann's just for this dip!  You can totally use low fat sour cream too.

Then add in your soup mix and fresh ground black pepper.  Allow your spinach to thaw (duh) before attempting to add it in.  You'll also want to drain it, or squeeze out as much water as possible.  I squeeze it in paper towels, but inevitably some of the spinach sticks to the paper towel.  Argh!

Gently stir in the spinach and you're done.  Make sure to let this sit over night before serving.  The flavours really meld and you will end up with an infinitely better dip!

To serve, hollow out your bread bowl and scoop the dip into the centre.  Cut up the bread you removed from the centre into bite sized pieces and arrange around the bowl on a platter.  Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of this final stage.....that's how fast this stuff get's eaten.

Be sure to try this for your next games night.  You'll be the hostess with the most-est.  Everybody loves a good spinach dip - and this one's great!


Amy said...

This is the best dip! I make it all the time for baby/bridal showers (You probably saw it at Leigh's!). I use the epicure spinach dip seasoning mix rather than the knorr one though, still yummy!

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