The author of this blog looks slightly daft because she's wearing a robot headdress and gears earrings to blend in with the party's robot theme. The little one’s daddy, in his spare time, is a dedicated high-school robotics coach, so robots are highly significant in this family. What better birthday party theme than having ’Bots galore decking the halls?
That’s why I called my dip, pictured here, “Good for Your Botty” dip. That wasn’t its official name. In the Kroger grocery circular in which the recipe was featured, it was called Spinach Artichoke Dip. But when you got through reading the ingredients, it indeed was “Good for Your Botty”, so that’s what I nicknamed it to contribute to the spirit of the party.
Fresh spinach (the recipe called for frozen, but I had a bag of fresh on hand) and canned artichoke hearts were the key elements of this dip, which can be used with crackers, tortilla chips, or bagel chips. Mayo (I used the Kraft olive-oil variety), fat-free sour cream, and Parmesan and pepper jack cheese rounded out the items on the ingredient list.
The dip was very good for the “botty”. The Kroger circular featured it as a tailgate/game day fave; it certainly was a star among our ’bot enthusiasts.
Spinach Artichoke (a.k.a. “Good for Your Botty”) Dip
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, or 10 ounces fresh spinach
2 (13-ounce) cans of artichoke hearts, drained
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 1/4 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook the spinach in microwave for 5 minutes (4 minutes for fresh spinach); squeeze dry. Place artichoke hearts in food processor and chop. Combine spinach, artichoke hearts, mayo, sour cream, Parmesan, and 1/4 cup of pepper jack cheese; stir well. Spray baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; transfer mixed ingredients to the baking dish. Cover the top with the remaining 1 cup pepper jack cheese. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve with bagel chips, tortilla chips, or crackers. Refrigerate any leftovers. Makes 6-8 servings.