I am through and through a dip girl. I could probably survive off of bread, cheese and dip. Something I love about parties in the US is the huge array of dips. Spinach artichoke, crab dip, 7-layer dip, onion dip, buffalo chicken dip, I mean anything, and everything is converted into a dip and I am the biggest fan.
Here in Germany, dips are not as common. There is always the conservative cream cheese dip, but we are missing the out of ordinary dips at the parties. As I had a party this weekend, I decided to bring some of the unknown dips to the European palettes, and it was a great success. I loved the spinach artichoke dip and decided to serve it with both salty cracker chips and crunchy baguette. The creaminess of the spinach mixture and the crispy melted cheese is just heavenly.
The dip was a hit and no one had tried it yet. So, all in all it was a success. Hey, maybe my new thing when going to parties will be bringing new dips? I will need to think about this, as I do not want to be known as the dip girl.
My husband is not much of a bread and dip kind of guy, I mean he will have a slice or two and then he is done, what he calls, snacking. I find this shocking and not understandable, however I will never complain as it just means more for me.
Spinach Artichoke Dip
250g cream cheese
200g sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp garlic powder
100g shredded mozzarella (split in half, as half will be needed for the top of the spinach dip)
100g shredded cheddar (split in half, as half will be needed for the top of the spinach dip)
400g canned arthichokes, chopped
300g frozen spinach, thawed and excess water removed
Salt and Pepper
Preheat oven to 200 C.
In a large bowl add all of your ingredients, except half of each of the shredded cheeses. In a medium sized baking sheet add the mixture and cover with the second half of the shredded cheese.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is browned and fully melted.