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Holiday Series: # 2 Spinach & Artichoke Dip Appetizer

Next time you have a small get together or a big party, keep these appetizers for your guests and you are sure to vow them.
Ingredients
  Extra virgin olive oil 3 Tablespoon
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), mince
  Frozen chopped spinach 16 Ounce
  Frozen artichoke hearts 1 Cup (16 tbs), chop
  Kosher salt To Taste
  Black pepper To Taste
  Seasoning mix 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground nutmeg 1⁄8 Teaspoon
For the cheese sauce
  Extra virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  All purpose flour 1 Tablespoon
  Low sodium chicken stock 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Pepper jack cheese 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), grated
  Gruyere cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Greek yogurt 3 Tablespoon
  Tomatoes 1 Medium, dice (Optional)
  Parmesan cheese 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), grated (Optional)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Place the spinach in a medium size bowl and thaw thoroughly in the microwave using the defrost setting.
2. Place the spinach in a piece of cheese cloth or a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out all of the excess water. Set aside.
3. Thaw the frozen artichokes and chop them and keep it aside.

MAKING
4. Place a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Pour in 3 tablespoons of olive oil and allow it to become slightly heated, takes about 2 to 3 minutes.
5. Add the garlic to the olive oil and cook for 1 minute. Next, add the spinach and artichokes and sauté for about 5 minutes.
6. Season with salt, black pepper, Grand Diamond All Purpose Seasoning, and nutmeg. Cook for another 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside in a bowl.
7. Using the same skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. After about 1 or 2 minutes pour in the flour and stir to combine.
8. Stir until the mixture is a light blonde color, takes about 3 to 4 minutes. Next, pour in the chicken stock and stir to combine. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes.
9. Turn the heat down to medium-low and stir in the pepper jack cheese, gruyere cheese, and Greek yogurt.
10. Add the spinach and artichokes back to the pan and stir. Taste and adjust the seasonings to taste.

SERVING
11. Serve hot with tortilla chips, pita chips, or bruschetta.

NOTE
Beware of hot spots in the spinach while squeezing.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 174 Calories from Fat 118

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 13 g20.4%

Saturated Fat 3.6 g18%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 16.6 mg5.5%

Sodium 270.3 mg11.3%

Total Carbohydrates 6 g2.1%

Dietary Fiber 1.7 g6.9%

Sugars 0.9 g

Protein 8 g15.6%

Vitamin A 112.1% Vitamin C 32.1%

Calcium 22.2% Iron 10.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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