Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Our Favorite Way to Eat Spinach

Don't let the name of this blog fool you...we are going to post mostly desserts, but we also like to cook some non-sweet dishes as well. So tonight we made Spinach Artichoke Dip. I don't know if you guys have ever eaten at Houston's restaurant before, but they have the absolute best Spinach dip. I've made a couple different Spinach Artichoke dips before and this one is my favorite. And if my memory serves me correctly, it's about as close as you can get to Houston's. Here's what you need for the dip.
Frozen spinach, lemon juice, salt, onion, butter, chicken broth, sour cream, hot sauce, heavy cream, garlic, flour, artichoke hearts, romano cheese, and white cheddar cheese. Melt the butter in a heavy duty saucepan, saute the garlic and onion in the butter until brown. About like this..
okay, maybe a little more brown, I just got impatient. Anyways, Whisk the flour into this mixture. Pour the chicken broth and cream in and let it boil a little. Turn off the heat and stir in romano cheese, lemon juice, hot sauce, and salt; stir until cheese melts. Let cool for 5 minutes and mix in the sour cream. Then dump the spinach and artichokes in.
Gently fold in
 Pour into a lightly greased baking pan
Sprinkle the shredded white cheddar cheese on top and pop in the oven about 15 minutes or until warm and cheese is melted. Grab a bag of chips and eat it up!

Houston's Copycat Spinach Artichoke Dip

1/4 cup butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbs. onion, minced
1/4 cup flour
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup chicken broth
2/3 cup romano cheese, shredded
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. hot sauce
3/4-1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sour cream
1 (12 oz.) can artichokes, drained & chopped
2 (10 oz.) pkgs. frozen chopped spinach, thawed & squeezed dry
1/2 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded

Melt butter in a large, heavy duty saucepan on medium heat. Brown the garlic and onion in the butter. Whisk in the flour. Pour in the broth and cream, bring it to a boil. Stir in romano cheese, lemon juice, hot sauce, and salt until the cheese melts. Turn off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream, then fold in spinach and artichokes. Pour into a lightly greased baking pan. Sprinkle white cheddar onto top and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and the dip is warm. Serve with pita chips, tortilla chips, bread, or crackers.

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