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Best-Ever Spinach Dip

This recipe is another old favourite that is the perfect alternative to chip & dip when having people over for a braai. The fact that it is served in a bread bowl just adds to the "wow" factor - it really does look like you have gone to HOURS of trouble, when in reality, it couldn't be easier!

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I often buy a second loaf of bread to chop up into bite-sized dunkable pieces. You can also surround the bread bowl with freshly cut veggies, pretzels and crisps! 

Ingredients

  • 1 300g (10 oz.) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed (do not use fresh)
  • 1 1/2 cups of sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I use Hellmanns - you really do need real mayonnaise and not the tangy low fat stuff!)
  • 1 (4 oz.) pkg. Knorr vegetable soup mix (or Cream of Leek dry soup mix, as a change)
  • 1 (8 oz.) can water chestnuts, finely chopped
  • 3 - 4 spring onions, finely chopped (use both the white and green parts of the spring onion)
  • Round or Oval loaf of bread (e.g. sourdough)

Method

1. After the spinach has defrosted, squeeze all the excess water out of it until dry. Then place between two sheets of paper towel to make sure you have removed all the water. (If you skip this step, your dip will be watery and flavorless!)

2. In a medium bowl, stir together spinach, mayonnaise, sour cream and soup mix. Add finely chopped water chestnuts and spring onions and mix until well combined.

3. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. 

4. Just before serving, remove the rounded top of your loaf of bread. 

5. Hollow out the bottom of the loaf to leave an empty "shell" that will house the dip. 

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6. Slice the bread removed from the "shell" and the top into bite size pieces. Alternatively, replace the top as a "lid".

7. Chop your additional loaf of bread, as well as any crudités you would like to add (carrots, cucumber and cherry tomatoes work well) around the dish as garnish and extra dippers.

8. Fill with your chilled dip and serve!

9. Once the dip is finished, the "shell" can then be torn into pieces and devoured! YUM!

 

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