Monday, November 28, 2011

Spinach Artichoke Dip in the Slow Cooker

So, so sad, but I have no photo for this dish. By the time I got my act together to take the photo, the dip was gobbled up or had cooled down to the point that a photo wouldn't be too pretty. But I blog nonetheless!

You're probably back at work today feeling gluttonous over all the excess calories consumed over the holiday weekend and thinking of how you can eat healthy, at least until the next party where the binge of food and alcohol begins. (I mean, that's what I'm thinking.) So why not write about a highly caloric cheese dip to get you ready for that binge?

With more holiday parties around the corner I figured this would be a good dip to share because it's easy and perfect to bring to any potluck party! I made this for Hubby's work potluck lunch and also took it to Thanksgiving dinner where it was a hit at both! Even Bambino enjoyed sucking the spinach dip off of a tortilla chip and leaving the tortilla chip to the side. (Surprising that she didn't also consume the tortilla chip.)

Seriously, if you have a party your throwing or a party you have to bring food to, this is a perfect appetizer dish to take a long. It's warm, gooey and cheesy, perfect for a party during the holiday season. It's minimal work for you and the results are scrumptious!

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Ingredients:
1- 14 oz can of artichokes hearts, drained, rinsed and chopped
1 lb frozen spinach, thawed
16 oz cream cheese, cubed (2 - 8 oz bricks)
2 1/2 cups Monterrey jack cheese, cubed
2 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese, cubed
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions
1. Cube the cheese and add it to the slow cooker

2. Chop artichoke hearts and add to slow cooker along with spinach.

3. Add garlic and pepper.

4. Turn slow cooker on High Setting for 2 hours.

5. Heat until melted , should take about 1-2 hours. Serve warm with tortilla chips, pita chips, fresh vegetables or whatever you prefer.

Amateur Cooking Difficulty Scale: 2
Seriously, folks. This is so easy. Other than cutting cheese, garlic and artichoke hearts there isn't much to do. I actually prepared everything the night before and placed the slow cooker in the fridge so the day I of I just popped it out and turned on the slow cooker.

I'll definitely be keeping this recipe around for parties. The only thing is that it makes A LOT of dip, so don't make this if you have a party of 5 people. Or if you do, cut everything in half.

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