Recipe by Heather
"This is a hot, creamy dip that may also be served as a casserole by halving the amount of Bechamel sauce and topping with Parmesan (instead of adding Parmesan to the mixture). Then bake in a medium baking dish for approximately 30 minutes at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) -- Delicious!"
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2 (8 ounce) packages
cream cheese, softened
grated Parmesan cheese
shredded Cheddar cheese
2 (12 fluid ounce) cans
This was really good...but I had one problem...no idea what bechamel sauce is. Apparently I am not that experienced of a cook. I assumed you could just buy it at the grocery store and no wonder everyone there looked at me like I was crazy when I asked if they knew what it was, because I came home and googled it and I guess you have to actually make it with milk, flour, and some other ingredients. I bought frozen spinach in a cream sauce and just did w/o the bechamel. It was really good still...just really thick. I mixed in some alfredo sauce I had in the fridge which didn't really change the consistency much but seemed to bring out more flavor. Good, but not as easy as it seems b/c you have to make the bechamel. Is there another way to do this w/o making the sauce?
I used mayo and sour cream instead of béchamel sauce and it only took 5 mins. This was ok.
OK, this recipe is a 5 with some important modifications. No canned slimy spinach; I use a 16 oz. bag of frozen and cook it in the microwave and squeeze the excess moisture out. I use a giant skillet and saute the onion first in a tiny bit of olive oil, adding at least a TBSP of crushed fresh garlic near the end of the sauteing. I like artichoke hearts in mine, coarsely chopped, and add all the rest of the ingredients except the parmesan and cheddar in and heat stirring until incorporated and bubbly. (Also, I like to use a sundried tomato alfredo sauce, but the bechamel will work ok.) Finally I add the last cheeses in, though usually my proprotions are more like 1 cup of parmesan, 1 cup of cojack, and 1/2 cup of mozzarella. Sea salt to taste and it might need a little more cayenne if you want a more significant kick. However, this is not a BAD recipe as it is, just doesn't quite have enough oomph without the above modifications. And my way the recipe is completely cooked on the stovetop, no lengthy stays in a crockpot or extra baking in the oven.
This recipe for Spinach Dip was phenomenal! It's pretty easy, but it makes a lot. So unless you have a large family, a party, or plan on eating it for a week, I would half it.
I didn't use the bechamel sauce I used mayo and sour cream in combo with the cream cheese and I added in some nutmeg and black pepper it was great!!!
So I have now made this recipe now three times and I do know that it does say Dip but the second time I made this as a dip people started to just eat it with a spoon. So this time I made it as a pasta sauces but I did make some changes. I change the bechamel sauce for sundried tomato alfredo sauce I used two jars this time instead of one that I use for the dip. I also have used fresh spinach and frozen about half and half, finely cut the fresh and drain most of the water out of the frozen spinach like what has been said before. When adding the cheeses I like to pour the graded cheese slowly and keep stirring until all of the cheese is in, then let it simmer being careful not to burn it but to melt all the cheeses into the sauce. i will next time put some chicken or shrimp to it. I know this is a dip recipe but it can work and everyone enjoyed it, have fun and enjoy cooking
This is excellent. I have to eat a vegetarian diet because of a medication I take causes kidney stone. This dip is awesome. Thanks for the most enjoy taste.
wow! I used all the suggestions SPARKLER8666 suggested and the dip is out of this world good!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Spinach Dip II
Serving Size: 1/5 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 5
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 612
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