Sunday, October 19, 2008

Easy Spinach Dip- Kids LOVE it!

Found this a few years ago (on and it has been a family favorite ever since. The kids dip anything and everything in it, so make sure you make plenty of it. Just don't tell them how healthy it is for them!
Spinach and Garlic Dip
Fresh spinach, sauteéd in oil with garlic, is pureed with sour cream and green onions to create this delicious dip. For a picnic, transport the dip and the vegetables in a cooler, or surround them with cold packs in the picnic basket.
1 1/2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
8 cups (packed) fresh spinach leaves (about 5 ounces)
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 6-inch-diameter pita breads
Assorted raw vegetables
  • Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; sauté 10 seconds. Add spinach; sauté until wilted and tender, about 2 minutes. Cool.
  • Puree spinach and green onions in processor. Transfer to medium bowl. Mix in sour cream and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill.
  • Preheat broiler. Slice each pita bread horizontally in half, forming 2 circles. Cut each circle into 4 triangles. Place triangles in single layer on baking sheet. Lightly brush pita triangles with 2 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle with pepper. Broil until golden, watching closely to avoid burning and moving triangles on baking sheet to brown evenly, about 2 minutes. Cool. (Dip and pita triangles can be made 1 day ahead. Keep dip chilled. Store pita in airtight container.)
Serve dip with pita triangles and assorted raw vegetables. Makes 6 servings.

*I also add about 4 ounces of sliced and sautéed tofu (for added protein), then puree with the spinach.


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