I woke early this morning to cook up a storm for a holiday brunch party among some of my closest friends. Whenever a potluck is on the calendar I do my best to pad the menu with vegetarian friendly fare so The Fella won’t be stuck nibbling baby carrots all day/night.
I love cooking so that’s no problem, but I do have the tiniest, most dysfunctional kitchen on the planet. Have I mentioned I have no counter space ? I have one section of counter that is just big enough for our dish rack. In order to cook and prep multiple dishes at the same time I have to get a little creative, using appliances like a griddler and slow cooker (and setting them up on a step-ladder, open drawer, the floor, or a moveable butcher block) help to maximize our space and cooking capacity.
So, while my cake was baking…
And, as I used the stove top to prep my veggie enchiladas for the next round of oven time…
I decided to utilize my slow cooker to whip up a big batch of spinach artichoke dip.
WARNING: This is not a low-fat recipe. I have made zero attempt at making it healthier. I believe there’s a time and a place for making things lighter (I used egg whites and 1/2 apple sauce in the cake) and ooey-gooey party classics like S & A dip is best left untouched and eaten in moderation. Which is hard, because it’s kind of addictive. Forget the crackers, I could shovel this bad boy into my face by the fistful.
- 16 oz bag of shredded mozzarella
- 2 bricks (2 x 8oz) cream cheese, cubed
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp Goya Adobo seasoning
- 2 8oz frozen bricks of chopped spinach, defrosted
- 2 14 oz cans of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- Dump all of your ingredients in the slow cooker, mix as best you can at first. Turn slow cooker on high, and allow to cook for 2 hours (maybe less depending on how hot your slow cooker burns, mine took about 1.5 hours). Stir ingredients every 10 minutes or so, combining ingredients in to a gooey delicious monster. Stirring will help to break up the cream cheese cubes and artichoke pieces into the melting cheese and spinach. Adjust seasoning to taste as you cook.
- Serve with pita chips.
What are you favorite potluck dishes?