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Share a Spoon: Let's Get This Party Started Right!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Think Tank Momma

Let's get this Party started quickly!
(just a little song reference for you Smackers.  If you don't know the song...*gasp*  You should leave in shame)

Happy Thursday Smackers!
Share a Spoon
Party Pleezers and Appeteezers!
(I am so damn punny!)
(I Googled Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip for a picture.  Didn't have time to make this this week.)


This week's theme is being brought to you my favorite NOLA girl the Cajun herself Dionne from Homesick Cajun!  The Fleury Gal asked for some appetizer recipes and I got all warm, fuzzy and punny and named it Party Pleezers and Appeteezers. 

I know that everyone has some recipes for appetizers.  You make them for parties, and football games and wine tastings, and any other social gathering.  I am looking for some great dips people!  *wink wink*  *hint hint*

I thought I would share my Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip.  This dip is so good, and well worth the effort!  PROMISE!

Here's what you'll need:

1 sweet onion
1 head of garlic roasted
2 10oz boxes of frozen chopped spinach (thawed)
2 14ox cans of artichoke hearts
1 8oz block of cream cheese at room temperature
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonaisse
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup Gruyere cheese (for top)
salt and pepper

Bechamel Cheese Sauce:

4 Tablespoon butter
4 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups of whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup Gruyere cheese
1/2 grated parmesan
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


Roast a whole head of garlic in the oven.  350 degrees.  Cut the top of the garlic bulb off exposing the cloves.    Add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Wrap in aluminum foil.  Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, until golden brown and soft.  (set aside)

Thaw the frozen spinach.  Drain excess water.  Wrap spinach in either a clean kitchen towel or paper towels and squeeze out all of the water you can so that the spinach is as dry as possible.  (set aside)

Drain the juice from the artichoke hearts.  In a food processor, pulse the artichoke hearts and roasted garlic several times.  You still want chunks of artichokes so don't over pulse.

In a large saute pan, over medium high heat cook the chopped onion until soft.  Add the dry spinach and artichoke mixture.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper and grated nutmeg.  Mix well.  Turn the heat to low and add cream cheese, sour cream and mayo.

Next in a sauce pan melt the butter for the bechamel sauce.  Add the flour and cook together for a minute or two.  Slowly whisk in the milk.  Add the heavy cream and whisk until the sauce starts to thicken.  Add the nutmeg and mix well. Add grated parmesan and Gruyere cheese and whisk.

Add the cheese sauce to the spinach mixture.  Transfer to a casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Top with the grated Gruyere.  Bake in a 350 degree over for 30-45 minutes until the cheese is browned and bubbly.  Let the dip cool for 15-20 minutes before serving.

I typically serve this with crustini.  However, it is fabulous with tortilla chips, pita chips, bagel chips, etc.  This is not a "light" recipe by any stretch of the imagination.  However, I often use fat free sour cream, 1/3 less fat cream cheese and light mayo.  If you like another cheese feel free to substitute your favorite.  I have substituted Asiago in place of the Gruyere and it was still amazing!

This is a more involved recipe than many of recipes I have posted.  I promise though, it is well worth the effort and a REAL PARTY PLEEZER!  It will tickle your taste buds and ruin those spinach artichoke dips you order out for you!  I can't wait for football season again cause this is one recipe BDC and the boys request for tailgating!  

Now, link up and share your party favorites!

Still looking for more themes people....leave your requests in the comments or email me with what you want!  We have some exciting ones coming up!  Italian....MIXOLOGY.....what do you want to see??

Remember, I will linky loo to you both the Saturday before and the Thursday your theme is hosted!



Macey said...

I just tried this dip recently..SOO good.
And, yes, you are very punny! :)

Holly Lefevre said...

spinach, artichokes, cheese all my faves!

I am linking up an older post...but so worth sharing! I added your button to it and a new little intro! This is my favorite type of food other than dessert...looking forward to lots of great ideas!

Anonymous said...

mmmm sounds so good! And way fattening! Why does all the good food have to be so bad for you?? LOL

Buffee said...

This stuff is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Now I'm just hungry! I LOVE this stuff! I don't think my ass is ever going to get any smaller! HA!

Lothiriel said...

YOu had me at spinach artichoke!!!! yummmmmm!!!

:D It looks kind of hard for someone like me, but in light of the hubs returning from a two-week trip from China, I just might surprise him!!!! :D

I'm going to the store and getting my ingredients, so I can make mine!! :D

Ducky said...

Prepping my wings for flight and I'm on my way....


You said you didnt' actually make it this week. Damnit....

That's okay. I'm still coming and I will make it :o)

Veronica Lee said...

Sounds YUMMY!

Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog.

Have a nice day.

Tracie said...

This is my favorite dip. Now I'm hungry.

Salt said...

Ohhh yes. I love spinach and artichoke dip more that most people. I am DEFINITELY trying this out for a party I'm attending in a couple weeks!

June said...

This dip sounds just amazing. I am so hungry now!

Finally got my post up. Been lazy, no other excuse.

SurferWife said...

Ohh, I love this theme. I may have to hop to all of the link ups.

Question, how would fresh spinach work?

And MIXOLOGY! Yes..... That theme will be fab.

Shell said...

Can you come make this for me?

Wait, do I ask that a lot? Oh, well. Still. C'mon over. I'm such a good hostess that I'll ask you to cook for me. But, um, you can stay here...that makes up for it, right?

Liz Mays said...

Sounds like a crowd pleaser for sure!

Unknown said...

I love me some good spinach dip and this recipe sounds like the best ever! It makes me nervous though. I've never even roasted garlic bulbs before!

Nancy C said...

Girl, you are speaking my language.