Sunday, April 15, 2012

Spinach Dip You Will Be Asked to Bring To Parties Forever!

A co-worker brought spinach dip to a pot luck at work several years ago.  I could not for the life of me stay out of this dip.  I have had spinach dip before and liked it but there was something about this version that kept drawing me in.  What was it that I could not resist about this dip?  I had to find out the secret about this dip.  After talking to the co-worker, I found out that it was so simple, just added one extra ingredient and that could take a good dip to over the top dip.

Here is the recipe I use:

Most Requested Spinach Dip

1 pkg. 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed (and squeezed dry)
1 16 oz. container (or 2 cups) sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1 pkg. dry vegetable soup mix (I prefer Knorr brand)
1 8 oz. can sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
and the secret ingredient 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic

Take the garlic and process with a garlic press into a mixing bowl (do not use the jar kind, does not have the same outcome).  Add remaining ingredients and mix well making sure to break up the clumps of spinach.  Cover and refrigerate 2 hours before serving.  Serve with crackers or bite size torn up french bread. 

The most popular way to serve the dip is to serve in a hollowed out unsliced french bread loaf with bite sized bread bits on the side.  I like to serve in a decorative bowl or hollowed out vegetables such as different colored peppers cut in half from stem down (sideways, otherwise it is too difficult to get the dip out of the bottom of the pepper) with crackers.  Or, if I use the bread as a bowl, I will put the dip into a deli container and cut the bread out so I can place the container down inside the bread. Otherwise, in my opinion, without the container, just putting the dip directly into a hollowed out hole in the bread, it just gets icky.

In a pinch, I have also taken a deli bought spinach dip and added the garlic to it and that worked also.  You can also add 2-3 chopped green onions to the dip to also enhance the flavor.

Hope you enjoy this and like I said, once you bring this dip to a party, your friends will ask you to bring it to all the future parties, and you will be labeled as that person that makes that great spinach dip.

Thawed chopped frozen spinach.

I place the spinach into 3 paper towels and wring out over the sink very well.

This is the spinach after the excess water has been wrung out.

These are all of the ingredients you need for the dip (you can add green onions if desired)

Use a garlic press for the garlic cloves, you don't want chunks of garlic in your dip.

Chop the water chestnuts finely.

Stir the dip well breaking up all spinach clumps.  Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

Serve your dip and it will be up to you whether or not you tell them what it is that puts this spinach dip above the others.

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