Holiday Series: 2 Spinach and 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
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 8

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 174Calories from Fat 118

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 13 g20%

Saturated Fat 3 g15%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol

Sodium 270 mg11.25%

Total Carbohydrates 6 g2%

Dietary Fiber 1 g4%

Sugars

Protein 8 g16%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet