But I have dip problems, which I have told you about before. I don't like mayo or sour cream. They creep me out. The idea of either of them makes me cringe. I've since figured out that I like yogurt and cream cheese based dips (although the idea of eating cream cheese on a bagel also creeps me out - I'm a weirdo) and my very favourite comes courtesy of Kelsey's. (They also introduced me to deep fried Mars bars. Which I adored.)
Recipes claiming to duplicate their dip have abounded over the internet, and I have certainly used more than a few. But there are always a few missing in my pantry. I usually have parmesan and cheddar cheeses on hand, but we don't tend to have cream cheese or Romano on hand. We'd rather have blues and bries for eating purposes.
What's a girl to do? Well, I adapt things for what I do have onhand. No Romano? Well, I have two different parmesans. I'm never going to chop just a tablespoon of bell pepper, but sometimes I have miniatures on hand, and I'm ok with having too much bell pepper.
This recipe is just barely adapted at all. Just barely.
Almost-Kelsey's Four (Three?) Cheese Spinach Dip
- 1 package (250g) plain or light cream cheese
- 3/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons Trestelle pre-grated Parmesan
- 1 miniature bell pepper, chopped extra fine
- 1/4 small red onion, chopped extra fine
- about 3 cups fresh spinach, chopped
- 2/3rds cup grated Cheddar cheese
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 400* F.
- In boiling water, blanch spinach for 45 seconds. Drain into a collander over the sink. When it has cooled, squeeze to dry.
- Mix cream cheese, garlic powder, cayenne and parmesan(s) until softened and thoroughly mixed.
- Add bell pepper and onion, mix until just incorporated.
- Add spianch, mix until just incorporated.
- Transfer to small, oven proof serving dishes (ramekins, gratin dishes or miniature casserole dishes all work perfectly for this) and top with the cheddar cheese. (Pro-tip: I transfer my dip into two miniature casseroles, so that Bunny doesn't eat the entire dip before I have had three bites. Plus, this way he gets an orange dish and I can have blue or purple and that makes us happy.)
- Bake for 15 - 18 minutes, until bubbling on the top.
- Serve this baby up with baked or fried pita wedges (if you want to go all Kelsey's style) or tortilla chips. Especially corn chips. Oh yeah.