May 16, 2008

Chipotle Spinach Artichoke Dip




Ingredients:
4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
4 oz defrosted frozen artichoke hearts, chopped
3/4 cup frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and drained*
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 shallots, sliced
2 chipotle chiles in adobo with 1 teaspoon of the adobe sauce
1 tablespoon key lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt




Directions:
In a food processor, blend together the cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, shallots, lime juice, chipotle, and adobo sauce until very smooth. Stir in spinach, artichokes until just combined. Serve chilled.

*This should yield a packed 1/4 cup of defrosted chopped spinach.


My thoughts:
I think this might be my new favorite dip. The chipotle adds just the right amount of smoky spice and it is so packed with spinach and artichokes, it's like getting in an extra serving of vegetables. It's a perfect accompaniment for all the fresh veggies just making their appearance at the farmers' market. I also enjoyed it with sesame and pumpernickel pretzel sticks and as a topping on a baked potato.

Quick note: For this recipe, good quality reduced fat sour cream and cream cheese would work just fine.

8 comments:

  1. Ya know I just had spinach dip yesterday at a favorite restaurant and it fell short of good. I think yours sounds great and I love chipotle, just never thought to add it to this dip. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  2. Rachel, I think this sounds delicious! Love the combination of flavors.

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  3. Ohhh Chipotle is one of those flavors that is in nearly everything now and I LOVE IT.

    Kudos to you!

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  4. Spinach artichoke dip is one of my favorite addictive appetizers - I'll bet the smoky chipotle is a great addition. I'll have to try it this summer!

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  5. Another great spin./art dip recipe! I love the idea of adding chipotles in adobo and key lime. I'll be trying this one out on guests sometime :)

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  6. I have got to try frozen artichoke hearts -- I always go for the canned ones, but they turn out overly salty. I didn't realize frozen ones existed until a month or so ago!

    This looks awesome -- my fiance always order spinach and artichoke dip "to share" and then inevitably eats it all! I bet he would love this.

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  7. what a fantastic dip. looks refreshing and not too heavy!

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  8. You beat me to the punch with the reduced-fat note. I could totally nosh on that right now. Yum, pretzels and dip. I've always been a pretzel girl! (And I LOVE the pumpernickel sticks!)

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