Monday, January 9, 2012

Creamy Spinach Dip

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Vegetables are probably one thing folks are trying to incorporate more into their diets this time of year... am I right? Well, I'm trying to incorporate more vegetables into dishes all year round, which is especially important when you have a growing little boy! Ironically, I find it harder to get adults to eat more vegetables. One easy way is to sneak it in appetizers. It's even easier when it's in something like this Creamy Spinach Dip. Chopped spinach is stirred into a creamy mix of mayonnaise, sour cream, water chestnuts and the ever popular {and key ingredient} soup mix. Seems like a pretty common recipe but there's a story behind this one...

So, my mom is pretty picky when it comes to food. Having a few decades of experience as a caterer, she knows what she likes and knows how things are supposed to taste... at least when it comes to Asian cuisine. Any other kind of cuisine is more like a tasting experience for my mom. What may be pretty common dish to others can be a whole different world of flavor and textures for her. This Creamy Spinach Dip is one of those things.

Awhile back, she mentioned how she tried a dip at some party or event. She forgot what was in it, making it difficult for her to explain what it was. This of course, lead me to playing food sleuth. (It's been happening quite often lately with her lol.) So the game of 20 food questions began. That's when I thought I finally figured it out and what she was looking for was a classic spinach dip. The verdict? Nope. It wasn't spinach dip. That means I'm back to the chopping board to whip up another dip sometime soon lol. Regardless, this is a delicious 'wrong guess' that's perfect with bread or tortilla chips!

Creamy Spinach Dip
recipe from AllRecipes

1 cup real mayonnaise - do not substitute!
1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
1 (1.8 ounce) package spring vegetable or dry leek soup mix (Knorr brand)
1 (4 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
3/4 - 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

In a medium bowl, mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, dry leek soup mix, water chestnuts and chopped spinach. Chill in the refrigerator 6 hours, or overnight.

Serve chilled with tortilla chips or bread.

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