Hey everyone! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start.
I had a fun weekend and a busy school week ahead of me.
I want to recap on some great eats I had over the weekend!
First off, I made Averie’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites this weekend. Oh. My. Goodness. They were so good and so easy! Needless to say… they’re gone!
Yesterday (Sunday) a few friend and myself made plans to watch the SAG Awards and make appetizers to munch on. We rocked this idea.
Taylor made these little gems of phyllo cups with brie, brown sugar, pecans and honey. They were amazing.
Chrissy made Bruschetta with pesto, tomatoes, and mozzarella.
Chrissy was a rock star and also made a dessert. They were Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries. I could eat a million of these.
Lindsey also had dessert covered. She made Nutella stuffed red velvet chocolate chip cookies. You read that correctly – they were to die for. I ate 2 of those bad boys.
I decided to make my Spinach Artichoke Dip.
Spinach Artichoke Dip
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups milk (I use 2%)
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 cups Cheddar Jack Cheese (I use 2%), divided
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
2 (10 ounce) boxes frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 (14 ounce) can artichokes in water, drained and chopped
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour to form a roux. Cook the roux for 1 minute or until it turns a golden color. Slowly whisk in the milk. Continue to whisk for 5-7 minutes to form a bechamel sauce. The sauce will be thick and smooth. As the sauce becomes thicker, lower the heat to medium-low. Add 1 1/4 cups of the Cheddar Jack cheese, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, spinach and chopped artichokes. Stir until everything is combined and transfer to a small casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Top the mixture with the remaining Cheddar Jack and Parmesan cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown. Serve with tortilla chips, pita chips, or veggie sticks.
I make this dip all of the time and it always comes out great! I’ve tried it with a variety of cheese but so far the Cheddar Jack and Parmesan is my favorite combination. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand or want to use to make it your own!
All of our dishes were so good! I think I ate my weight in cheese and sugar last night. It’s so much fun to sit around with good friends and eat amazing appetizers!