Snow Days And Hot Spinach Dip

hot_spinach_dip_2_mfbThis weekend we had a blizzard.  Not a mild dumping of snow, but an all-out, freezing cold blizzard of apocalyptic proportions.  The roads are so drifted over that you don’t even know if you’re actually on the road or not.  If you shovel the sidewalk, chances are that you’ll be shoveling it again in an hour, so you wonder why you shoveled it in the first place. It’s best to just wait it out and do it only once.

hot_spinach_dip_4_mfbThere is nowhere I need to go.  There is nothing I need to be doing.  So I’ve declared it to be a snow day!  Snow days are for wearing your pajamas from morning to night, and back to morning again.  Showering is optional on snow days, but if you choose to shower, clean pajamas are the preferred clothing option for the balance of the day.

hot_spinach_dip_1_mfbSnow days are for curling up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate, a bag of potato chips, and a movie marathon like The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, and The Bourne Legacy. There is no one I’d rather spend a snow day with than Matt Damon. Snow days are for doing nothing at all. No laundry, no taking down Christmas decorations, no changing sheets, and no washing floors is permitted on a snow day.

hot_spinach_dip_3_mfbSnow days are for eating whatever you want, whenever you want to eat it.  There is no schedule, there is no right and wrong, there is no clock on the wall.  If you want grilled cheese at 3:00 in the afternoon and scrambled eggs at 7:00, then that’s OK.  If you want hot spinach dip for supper, then go for it.  I’m not going to stop you.  It’s a snow day!

Hot Spinach Dip

Ingredients

  • 10 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1 package frozen spinach, drained and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 package dry vegetable soup mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or frozen dill, finely chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried dill)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 round bread loaf, additional bread and crackers for serving

Directions

Preheat the oven to 300 F.

Cut off the top of the bread loaf. Scoop out part of the interior of the loaf and reserve the bread chunks.  Set aside.

In a frying pan, cook the diced bacon until it is crispy.  Drain and add it to a medium-sized bowl. Add all of the other ingredients and mix until smooth. (If using baking method #2, reserve a sprinkling of cheese and bacon.)

There are 2 methods to making this hot spinach dip.  Both are equally delicious!

Method #1

Place the spinach dip into the bread hollow and place the top of the bread back on the loaf, covering the spinach dip.  Carefully wrap the bread in two layers of aluminum foil.  Bake for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until the loaf is heated all the way through the center.  Remove the loaf from the oven, remove the aluminum foil and serve with reserved bread, extra bread cubes, and crackers.

Method #2

Place the spinach dip in an oven safe dish. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until it is heated through and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and scoop the hot spinach dip into the hollowed bread.  Sprinkle the spinach dip with additional cheese and bacon. Place the loaf on a baking sheet and place it in the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese on top is melted.  Serve with reserved bread, extra bread cubes, and crackers.

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