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Jan 16, 2008 06:33 PM

looking for a spinach bread bowl dip recipe?

does anyone have a good spinach bread bowl dip recipe?

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  1. i always use the one on the back of the knorr vegetable soup mix box. if my memory is correct, it's 8 oz. sour cream, 2 T. mayo, 1 pkg vegetable soup mix, 1 can of water chestnuts (chopped), 1 pkg frozen spinach (chopped and squeezed to remove water). mix well and refrigerate for 2 hours.

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    1. re: soypower

      I LOVE that dip. I'm a total pre-made mix snob, but I will still make this one. I've never even tried to replicate it from scratch...there's just something perfect about the slight chewiness of the dehydrated veggie pieces after they've sat in the mayo and sour cream for a couple of hours plus the crunch of the water chestnuts...YUM.

      1. re: wawajb

        I'd havd to agree with this. I'm a snob about this sort of thing, but I have to say that that Knorr spinach dip is great, and I never turn it down. In fact, I'd like some of that now.

        1. re: mschow

          Does anyone have a spinach dip similar to Knorr's but using home made or other off the shelf ingredients. It seems every time I go to make the Knorr Spinach Dip, I'm out of the Knorr vegetable mix. Thanks.

          1. re: Antilope


            My suggestion for you is to copy the ingredients on the Knorr's Vegetable Soup box for reference and let your personal tastes create your own using ingredients available in your pantry. You probably have all the same ones already.

            1. re: fourunder

              fourunder, have you ever tried the knorr spinach-vegetable dip? i have a loaded pantry, and don't think i have all those dehydrated veggie flakes.

              it is da bomb! totally worth a special trip to the grocery if you are out....

              1. re: alkapal

                OTOH, alkapal, a friend at work purchased a very wide variety of dehydrated vegetables from a bulk food store and made homemade seasoning mixes for all of us for Christmas. (Quite cute; she packaged them in pepper grinders for us.) So they are available.

                1. re: alkapal

                  alkapal and Antilope,

                  I've said this before.....if you can't make it better than a prepared product.....why bother

                  Yes, I have made the Knorr's Spinach Dip with the Vegetable soup Mix......for at least 20 years for any big gathering at the holidays or other celebration.....along with Lipton's Onion Soup Dips..

                  I have also used both products to make meat loaf and brisket,pot roast as well.........

              2. re: Antilope

                This one from the NY Times was posted awhile ago and is excellent. Different from the Knorr, but has fantastic flavor.

                2 10-ounce packages frozen spinach, thawed and drained
                8 ounces cream cheese (about 1 cup), softened
                1/2 cup mayonnaise
                1/2 cup sour cream
                1/2 cup sliced scallions
                1/3 cup chopped cilantro
                1 tablespoon chopped chipotle in adobo sauce, or more to taste
                1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice, or to taste
                3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
                Freshly ground black pepper

                Dump in food processor and combine

                1. re: jules127

                  that looks good, but i am so over chipotle. is it very noticeable?

                  1. re: alkapal

                    I don't think there would be too much of a difference. The cilantro was what sealed it for me!

          2. re: soypower

            I think there are scallions in there somewhere too.

            1. re: jules127

              yes, how could i forget the scallions? they are absolutely necessary. also, i believe my proportions may be totally wrong (mine is very light on the mayo), but i'm sure everyone will refer to the recipe on the back of the package...sorry for any confusion.


            2. re: soypower

              Has anyone tried using Knorr leek soup mix instead of the for vegetable? I have been meaning to try it.

              1. re: jules127

                i've made the soup. i think the leek mix would be too bland for dip -- unless you added a lot of shallots, scallions, and/or garlic.

            3. If you have access to Costco, try the spinach dip they carry. I don't know the name but it's probably the same one at all stores. It is truly the best I've ever eaten. Everyone I know who has tried it feels the same way -- even my Aunt who caterers and is an incredible cook!

              1. Yes scallions!!! And the water chestnuts need to be cut smallish. I've added crumbled bacon to this before without any complaints too.
                Just squeeze the daylights out the spinach. If you have a ricer that works perfectly.


                  Check out this recipe. Also be sure to read the reviews for ideas. I made this many years ago, so I don't remember it precisely, but I think I added a few things... maybe some finely diced red bell pepper.

                  1. four little words:
                    knorr's vegetable soup mix

                    follow directions on back of packet, except double the scallions ( two bunches, WITH green parts included). let sit overnight in fridge.

                    gorge and swoon. accept compliments and requests for recipe

                    (btw, you might as well do double batch so you have some hidden leftovers for you after the party)

                    last year's superbowl party, my hostess KEPT my bread bowl with the little bit of dip left! "so she could take it to her office")) (THIS is reason you need secret stash)

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                    1. re: alkapal

                      Alkapal, you are so right, extra scallion, green parts included and getting all the water out of the spinach is the best way to make this (have you ever had it when the water wasn't extracted properly-ack!). But you must be patient and by letting it sit and brew overnight makes all the difference in the taste with those tiny bits of dehydrated bell peppers, pimentos, onions and spices.

                      I am repeating myself I'm sure, but a few years back, I went to church services in Calistoga (had a Grandma there that I would take to services about once a month) and afterward we had a potluck brunch. One of the parishoners was (is) Madeline Kamman. I was watching her as she hovered over my bread bowl filled with spinach dip. After sampling a good bit of it, she asked the lady in charge of the brunch, who had made it. A few minutes later I was told that Madeline wanted to ask me qustions about my dip. I was pleased, and yet bafflled, so I met her and she told me how very good the dip was and what did I put in it. Huh? That's right Knorr's Spinach Dip, I don't think she ever tasted it before. Now that's good dip.

                      1. re: chef chicklet

                        chef, the problem is: the dip is too good.

                        "Ode to Knorr's Spinach Dip (on its Transformation from a Humble Dry Mix)" ©*

                        "Oh, how I love Knorr's Vegetable Soup Mix, upon its Metamorphosis into an Ethereal Spinach Dip that makes me swoon. Oh why do i love it, yet am troubled by its beautiful flavors? Dear reader, walk in my shoes....

                        1. you have to sample sample sample while making it ;
                        2. you have a hard time waiting for it to "cure" overnight before digging in;
                        3. if you serve it at your own party, guests finish it off and you have no leftovers;
                        4. if you serve it by taking it as a guest to another's party, they (a) also polish off the dip, and (b) keep your dang bread bowl with the excellent dip-squishy bread bowl insides!
                        5. if you make another dip instead, you kick yourself and crave the knorr's!

                        Alas, its flavor taunts my taste buds, and haunts my memory. i shall forever stay true to Knorr's Spinach Dip."

                        * copyright symbol in deference to the current "recipe plagiarism" thread ;-)
                        notice also, this is the first "ode" with a numbered list!!

                        now, the question should be, what is the preferred bread bowl for the knorr's dip? i go for pumpernickel first, if not available, then a good strong rye. what do all you hounds think? (because the bread bowl will be eaten!)

                        also, as an alternative to a cracker or chip, i have served it with all sorts of veggie dippers, including radicchio, endive, sliced jicama, carrots, yellow squash, zucchini, etc. (this negates the calories from the dip! HA!)

                        btw, next time, i may add in a bunch of fresh, chopped cilantro! thanks for the idea, jules!

                        1. re: alkapal

                          eating the bread bowl when the dip is almost gone is one of my favorite things to do in life...and since i looove sourdough, that's the bread which becomes my soon-to-be-eaten bowl. i also hollow out the middle very carefully so i can cut the insides into cubes for dipping and serve those along with the usual crudite...

                          1. re: soypower

                            "you got da po-wah", soypower! how could i forget trusty, tasty SOURDOUGH BOWL?

                            ps, i have a tuxedo kitty, too! (like in your avatar). her name is Sally.

                            1. re: alkapal

                              soypower, did you get another kitty? (and thus change avatar).

                          2. re: alkapal

                            That was beautiful.
                            The bread of choice? That would be sour dough, along with two small French Baguettes. I slice the baguettes, and use that along with the inside of the sour dough bread bowl (must not run out of bread!)

                            Have you ever stuffed mushrooms with it? Or a baked potato?

                            I have not made this dip for quite a while, however I'm quite sure it will be making an appearance at the Super Bowl Party.