Spinach. Something so delicious that it deserves its own overture. In the clip below, Popeye proved that spinach makes you a better musician, something I always knew in my heart. (Check out his spinach-enhanced solo at 5:00!)
Combine this amazing vegetable with artichokes and cheese and ooey gooey questionable products such as cream cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream, and you have my favorite dip in all the world. I’m convinced this dip will be served in Heaven, either all by itself on golden spoons or with On the Border Cantina Thins tortilla chips.
Adapted from Alton Brown
1 (10 oz.) pkg. chopped frozen spinach, thawed and rinsed
1 (14.5 oz.) can artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained, & diced
1 (8 oz.) block fat-free cream cheese
1/4 C. sour cream
1/4 C. light mayonnaise
1/3 C. grated Parmesan
Dash of cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Cook spinach in microwave, according to package directions. Drain and pat dry. Rinse artichoke hearts, drain, pat dry, and dice. Heat cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute or until hot and soft. Stir in rest of ingredients and serve hot. (I put mine in the crockpot on warm for a while. Be sure to stir it often, as it will stick if you’re not careful.)
As if this dip needs anything to make it more delicious, let’s take it a step further, shall we?
One of my favorite places to eat after church on Sunday is Calistoga. (My recommendation: A “Take Two” featuring a Turkey Artichoke Pressata and either broccoli cheddar soup or Calistoga salad. Their salad is a brilliant concoction of mixed greens, mandarin oranges, spicy walnuts, blue cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette).
Stealing their genius idea of spinach-artichoke dip on a sandwich, I created my own Turkey Spinach-Artichoke Sandwich on Focaccia and served it with a cup of tomato soup. May your buds be twanged.
Turkey Spinach-Artichoke Sandwich on Focaccia
Herbed focaccia bread, sliced in half
Spinach-Artichoke Dip (recipe above)
Boar’s Head OvenGold Deli Turkey, sliced thin
Generously spread spinach-artichoke dip on both sides of bread and add turkey. Heat in oven at 350* for approximately 5 minutes.
Make sure you eat your spinach before your next concert! I’ll be strong through the cadenza and even to the finish if I eats me spinach.