Monday, December 29, 2008

Roasted Garlic Spinach Dip

Prep/Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

1 small head garlic
3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp hot sauce
8 oz cream cheese, cut into small chunks
salt to taste
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
crackers or veggies

Using a sharp knife, slice the top off the pointed end of the garlic, exposing the flesh. Remove the papery outer skin, but not all of the skin. Drizzle one Tbsp of olive oil over the garlic, wrap in foil and roast at 400 for 25-30 minutes. Unwrap and allow to cool.

Meanwhile, mix the milk, remaining olive oil, salt and hot sauce in a sauce pan and heat on low. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted.

Squeeze the soft garlic out of the skins and mash with a fork. Add the garlic and spinach to the saucepan. Stir to combine.

Serve warm with crackers or veggies.

Tips and Tricks
An entire head of garlic may seem like a lot, but it really isn't. Roasting mellows the flavor of the garlic, so it is still rich without being intense. I prefer to microwave my spinach to make sure any ice crystals are fully thawed. I also use a potato ricer to squeeze the spinach dry.
Make It Healthier
Omit the salt. Use reduced-fat cream cheese.
How Kids Can Help
Wrap garlic in foil. Mash cooled garlic with fork. Older kids can cut the cream cheese into chunks.
Recipe Source
original recipe

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