July 6, 2011

Last-Minute Party Dip

I arrived home later than planned, was expecting people over for drinks, and had to whip up some tasty snacks in under an hour. With few ingredients on hand and even less effort, I decided to go for a theme that was hardcore retro, dishing up spicy deviled eggs, onion dip, veggies and chips, and this super fast spinach dip. Everyone gobbled up the treats like it was 1950 all over again, which just goes to show that a little mayo and a lot of nostalgia is a winning combination.

Quick Spinach Dip

(makes about 2 cups of dip)

One 10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/4 cup of canned water chestnuts, chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 green onions, chopped
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp dried dill
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
2-3 oz. Asiago cheese or another mild, melty cheese, cut into small cubes

Step 1: Preheat oven to 425°F.

Step 2: Squeeze handfuls of thawed spinach between hands (into the sink) to get rid as of much moisture as possible. Add spinach to bowl, and mix well with all remaining ingredients except the cheese.

Step 3: Just before baking, dot top of dip with cheese and bake for 8-10 minutes or until hot and lightly browned. Serve warm with veggies and slices of baguette or crackers.

For more delish party dips, try a Creamy Artichoke Dip or White Bean Dip.

Photo credit:
Amy Rosen