Your child's class is having a party and you have been assigned to make a treat. You don't want to add to the myriad of sweet treats you know are already going to be there, so what do you send? Of course your child won't want to take something that is healthy and be branded with the health conscience treats. If it tastes fabulous, who will know?
Normally, spinach isn't the top choice of kids. Not even when it is made into a dip, but when kids will take the time to taste it, they usually eat it up! Encourage kids to taste new things, even if they tasted it once, and didn't like it, tastes change over time. They might like it the second time.
Spinach Dip (Serve Hot or Chilled)
- 1 8 oz package of cream cheese softened
- 1 cup of mayonnaise
- 1 16 oz container of sour cream
- 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1-2 tablespoons butter
- 2-3 cloves fresh garlic, chopped finely
- Pinch of salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 small bag of frozen spinach, thawed, drained, dried (approximately 2-3 cups after water is pressed out.)
- Mix Cream cheese, sour cream, and mayo together until smooth. Add in the cheeses, saving 1/2 cup of mozzarella for top of dip, at the end. Add the spinach and continue to mix well.
- In a small sauté pan melt butter and brown the garlic. Then add the entire contents of the pan to the mixture, and mix well.
- Pour mixture into an oven safe dish, spread evenly, and top with remaining cheese. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until warmed threw, and cheese is melted and slightly browned on top.
- Serve right away or chill, and serve later.
This dip is delicious on corn chips, potato chips, bagel chips, thin pretzels, or pieces of bread. You can be creative and serve this in a bread bowl, or just in it's oven safe dish. Kids will act as though this is a weird treat, but it is usually the first to be eaten, and the teachers appreciate it, too. Happy celebrating!