Wednesday, June 22, 2011

{Spicy} Cheesy Spin Dip

This isn't your normal Spinach & Artichoke Dip, in fact I don't even like Spinach & Artichoke Dip, but this stuff wayy better!  And let me tell you, your guests will love it! 

I got this recipe from my old boss, and I had to pull it out for the weekly Saturday pool party.  It's easy, cheesy, creamy, and it even has a little kick to it!  It's great with Wheatables, Club Crackers, or even chips.  You could even put it on your favorite wrap if you wanted too to give it a little something special.  Either way, you'll find yourself going back for me!  Did I mention it was super easy?!

1 box (10oz) frozen chopped Spinach (thawed and drained)*
2 packages Cream Cheese, softened
1 can chopped Green Chilies
1 bag (2 cups) shredded Italian Cheese blend
Jalapenos to taste, chopped (use the pickled ones in the jar; I like to use a lot!)
Jalapeno juice to taste (start with 1-2 tbsp and see how you like it)

1. After draining the Spinach, put everything into a large bowl.

2. Microwave for 1 minute, take out and stir together.
3. If it's not completely melted, put in for an additional 30-45 seconds, take out and stir until creamy.

-OR- You can throw everything into a crock pot on high and let it melt together that way, but make sure you continue to check on it and stir.  Once it's creamy, be sure to turn it to low. 

-OR- If you want you can melt it all together in the microwave, and then place it into the crock pot on low, and it will continue to stay warm for your guests (this is what I did).

*Tip: When I drain the Spinach, I grab a towel and put it in there and squeeze until all of the liquid is out.  It makes it a lot easier!

I just love this dip, because you can control how much of a "kick" you want it to have!!

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