October 27, 2014

Spinach Dip

A Halloween "corpse" made with a meatloaf head, ribs, sausage and a grilled red pepper heart!
Our friends, Ray and Maria, hosted an awesome Halloween party this weekend. Maria made a “corpse” from two racks of ribs, onion sausage, a grilled red pepper (for the heart) and a meatloaf head (complete with onion teeth). I managed to take a few pictures but none of them turned out great and certainly don’t do him justice but I thought y’all would get a kick out him!

I contributed trays of deviled egg eyeballs (green ones made with guacamole, black olive irises and sriracha pupils and red ones made with sriracha, green olive irises and black olive pupils) set on beds of black “worms” (Brutus and I boiled spaghetti with food coloring – it was perfectly gross!).

All the food was Halloween themed and we had a ball with it! Maria made a cheese ball with dried beef and formed it into the shape of a skull. Even the cheese tray was gruesome with red capicola slices, roasted red peppers and pearl onions.

I brought the spinach dip which we were going to have coming out of the mouth of a small carved pumpkin but we ran out of time. In hindsight, we should have floated a few plastic eyeballs in it!

And, you know, sometimes it’s the simple recipes that are the best. This spinach dip isn't some culinary masterpiece but it’s one of my very favorites. I love any excuse to make this because I absolutely love it and it never fails to get gobbled all up when I serve it.

Spinach Dip! This cool and creamy party pleaser comes together in minutes with just a few ingredients.

Spinach Dip
1 10-oz. box of frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 8-oz. can sliced water chestnuts
1 pint sour cream
1 packet ranch dressing mix (not dip)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

Thoroughly drain spinach. I usually have to wring it out with my hands to get all the water out of it. Add spinach to a medium bowl; set aside.

Dice water chestnuts and add to spinach.

Combine sour cream, ranch mix, garlic and salt in a small bowl and mix well. Add sour cream mixture to spinach and water chestnuts then stir until thoroughly combined. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Serve with crackers.


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  1. Just checked the Hidden Valley website and found out that their Original Ranch Dressing mix is gluten-free. *happy dance* I haven't made spinach dip in years. Thanks for the reminder of how much I love it.:)

  2. I don't have to cook the spinach?

    1. No you don't cook it, just thaw and squeeze water out of spinach.

  3. Replies
    1. Hmmm... If you saute it a bit to wilt it down then let it cool, then it might work.


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