#30 spinach artichoke dip

  • 1 can (240g) of artichoke hearts
  • 2 gloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 package (285g) of frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1/3 cup (78g) of mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup (225g) of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup (75g) of herder’s white cheese
  • 3/4 cup (255ml) of milk
  • 3/4 cup (60g) of parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup (85g) of shredded gouda
  • 8 ounces (230g) of sour cream

In a large crock pot or large heavy pan, sautée the chopped onion & minced garlic cloves until soft, but not brown.  And as simple as it can get, all you have to do is add the rest of the ingredients into the pot & stir to combine.  Cook on low heat for about 30 minutes in order for the flavors to fuse together.  Serve in a dipping bowl with chips or toasted bread.

I have to start off this post with a fond memory of my college days.  I remember how much I have always loved this delicious dip, and since its pretty much a common appetizer in many American restaurants, I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to order it!  I also remember it being one of my first cooking experiences ever!  It was Thanksgiving break and those of us who stayed on campus decided to have a delicious (college-student-cooked) Thanksgiving dinner.  None of us dared prepare a whole turkey from scratch, so – in true student fashion – we bought prepared turkey breast slices, whipped up some easy instant mashed potatoes, and stocked up on some Franzia boxed wine.  However, there was one single element of homemade love: I decided to prepared my very own version of my beloved dip.  And since then, I couldn’t love it more!

For years it’s held a special place in my tummy’s heart and every holiday season I prepare a large batch of my famous dip, which not only adds yummy greens to the festivities, but also gives us a great snacking treat in the fridge for the days to come.  The best part of this recipe is the one-pot wonder of it all.  No stirring, no mixing, no dirty dishes!  Just throw everything into a crockpot and let time & heat do their thing.  Such a  great & easy way to impress guests, this is a perfect solution for a wine night snack or great as an entertaining appetizer.  Spinach is the primary ingredient, but the artichoke hearts are a lovely enhancer to the blend.  Forget the commercially sold kind, you’ll never wanna try those again!


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