Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip with Seasoned Dippers

Ingredients

for Dip:
5 tablespoons butter
3/8 cups flour
2 cups whole milk
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp paprika
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
½ cup shredded Fontina cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped white onion
10 oz fresh spinach
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 (15 0z) can artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained, and julienned
1 tablespoon butter, chopped into small pieces
½ cup parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon pepper
for Seasoned Dippers:
round loaf of bread
olive oil
salt
pepper
paprika
cayenne pepper

Preparation

1
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2
Warm the two cups milk.
3
Melt butter over medium heat and stir in the flour to make a roux.
4
Whisk in the milk and season the liquid with salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne.
5
Whisk the liquid for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the liquid is thick and coats the back of a spoon.
6
Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the cheeses.
7
Set the sauce aside.
8
In a sauté pan, heat the olive oil.
9
When the oil is hot, add the onions and sauté for 2 minutes.
10
Stir in handfuls of spinach at a time, until all the spinach is incorporated.
11
Add the garlic and artichokes, and sauté for 2 minutes.
12
Season the vegetables with salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne.
13
Remove the vegetables from the heat and turn into a mixing bowl.
14
Fold the cheese sauce into the vegetables.
15
Pour the mixture into a baking pan.
16
Sprinkle the pieces of butter on the top. Sprinkle ½ cup parmesan cheese and about ½ tsp of pepper of on the top as well.
17
Bake the dip for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
18
To make the dippers, I like using a round loaf of bread so that I can use the hollowed out loaf as a bread bowl for serving.
19
Chop up the bread from the cut-out part of the loaf into bite size pieces.
20
Place in a mixing bowl and coat with oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne.
21
Turn out in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until they get toasted.

 



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Great for entertaining hungry guests or spending a lazy Sunday on the couch, spinach artichoke dip is always a classic. By using the right cheeses, garlic and spices, we’ve created a creamy version of this dip that we can’t resist. Pour it in a bread bowl, and add in some seasoned, baked bread squares for dipping, and you’ve got an appetizer that both looks and tastes awesome!

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Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 5:41pm

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