As promised… So a few weeks ago our little town had their 175th anniversary celebration. As part of this celebration they had a cheese cooking contest… I entered this dip… and kicked ass! Which means I won 2 years of free cheese… That’s a lot of cheese! We donated the cheese to our local food pantry, because we believe that it’s good to share the cheese love! This is the perfect Super Bowl recipe and will totally win at your next “it’s not a competition, but secretly it is” potluck.
Smoked Chipotle Spinach Dip with Bacon & Artichokes
- 1 & 1/2 cups chopped frozen spinach, thawed (one box)
- 1 cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts
- 1 8oz block of Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese, soft, really soft
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup grated Smoked Chipotle Gouda ( I get mine here http://www.alpanddellcheese.com and you can too, they ship!)
- 1 teaspoon Smoked Chipotle Tabasco
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder OR crushed roasted garlic if you have it.
- 6 strips of yummy crispy bacon, crumbled… because, Hello, it’s BACON!
First, make sure your spinach is fully thawed and very well drained. You don’t want residual moisture from the spinach making your dip watery, so squeeze as much water out of it as possible. Mix all the white ingredients and seasoning together until its very smooth, then dump in all the other stuff and fold it all in. Put it in something that can go in the oven throw a little extra cheese and a couple bacon crumbles on top and put it in the oven! At about 350, for maybe 15 minutes or so just until the top gets all brown and yummy. Or throw it all into your favorite dip crockpot and turn it to low and let it heat up.
Now honestly, no measuring utensils were dirtied in the making of this dip… mix it up and then taste it… add what you think it needs… then devour. If you don’t have Smoked Chipotle Gouda and you can’t wait, use some other kind of smoked cheese. You can get the Smoked Chipotle Tabasco at the grocery store and I really wouldn’t make this dip without it. Oh and Alp and Dell Cheese store… By far my favorite place to get cheese, Tony the owner is straight from Switzerland, wonderful guy and he knows his cheese!
If you’re wondering why I say you should use Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese it’s because when you buy a block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese you’re getting a product made with the milk from our farm and that’s supporting my family and our neighbors and we appreciate that! Chipotle and Panera should take note on how to make cute cartoon commercials from Kraft!