Sunday, 31 March 2013

Dip a Dee Do Dah

I love a good spinach dip, especially one that's served hot and covered in cheese. But while they're as tasty as can be, they're not very good for you. 

Spinach dips clearly have spinach in them and spinach is of course good for you, but most dips are also chock full of mayonnaise and full fat sour cream. My Spinach Dip doesn't have mayonnaise or sour cream in it and it also doesn't have a lot of cheese, but this doesn't mean it's not tasty. 

My dip has yogurt to make it creamy, artichokes to add extra flavour, and enough cheese so you can taste it. It goes great with veggies, but it would also be wonderful served in a bread bowl!

Spinach Dip - serves 6-8

500 g frozen chopped spinach, warmed and well drained
1 tablespoon butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon flour
1 1/4 cups milk
1 teaspoon each of lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cups plain yogurt, Greek yogurt is preferable
1 cup grated cheese, sharp cheddar, Parmesan, or whatever kind you like
1 pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 cup artichoke hearts, chopped and well drained
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Melt butter in a large sauce pan and cook onion and garlic in it until soft, about 2-4 minutes.

2. Add flour and stir to combine. Add milk and cook until mixture thickens.

3. Remove from the heat and add lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, yogurt, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.

4. Return pan to the heat and add spinach, cheese, artichokes, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Heat until cheese is melted and spinach is warm.

5. Serve in a bread bowl for dipping or with veggies. Enjoy!

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