Sunday, 4 October 2015

Spinach Dip just for fun!

Been a while since we posted a really fun and easy dip to serve just for the very joy of it! This one fits the bill. We're a football loving bunch and Sunday is our day to celebrate. We celebrate the joy of being with family along with the changing of the landscape to the beautiful hue of Autumn. On Sundays, my family all wear their team jersey and we bet on the games and we celebrate the happiness of life. And yes, we imbibe in a nice cold lager and enjoy a snack and wish each other the very best! You can't go wrong with that. And here is a fabulous and easy dip that everybody loves. And in fact I forgot to snap a photo of it before it got devoured. But you'll get the idea after you serve this one!

You'll need:
2 packages of frozen chopped spinach
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 cup of grated old cheddar cheese
1 cup of Gruyere or Swiss grated cheese
1 egg
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste.

Thaw the spinach and squeeze out the excess moisture through two strong layers of paper towel (as in you need name brand here) or cheesecloth. Put it in a bowl and add the egg, soup, Dijon, garlic powder and salt and pepper. Stir everything to thoroughly combine
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grate the cheese. Use more if you like.

You have a choice here. You can spread the spinach on the bottom of a small casserole dish and let the cheese melt on top. I prefer to mix the cheese into the spinach so I don't have a hardened cheese crust on the top of the dip after a few minutes of exposure. Then nobody can really get at that dip without capturing the whole cheese top trying to jump on to their cracker. And if you're bringing a date to watch football for the first time, it's just sheer horror for them. There seems to be no way to get a bit of dip without taking the whole top with it. And this happens with every dip that says to melt the cheese on top. I get it that it takes a pretty photo. But come on. Have some respect for your football newbies for God sake!

 I mix it all together and bake at 350 degrees with the lid on the casserole dish for about 25 minutes or until it's all bubbling. Then remove the cover and broil for 5 minutes. Serve it up with Triscuits or Scoop chips. Or anything you like. This one is vegetarian too, so yes, you can bring that girl you met in the club last night to watch the games and no fear of a Fred Flinstone rib ending up on her plate! Cheers friends!

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