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Spinach & Artichoke Dip

It was probably 7 or 8 years ago that I made this for the first time. I've been racking my brain trying to remember the occasion, and it's just... gone. Mr. Sparkle probably remembers. He's in charge of that department! BUT... Whatever that occasion was, this dip was a total hit. I made it again and again, changing and tweaking little bits of it here and there until I've gotten it to a point that it's pretty much perfect. (you know... in my opinion!) So I thought I'd share. If you try it, let me know what you think in the comments below! 

First of all, I'd be way remiss if I didn't post a link to the original recipe. Without that, this iteration wouldn't even exist. So, credit, credit. Some might argue that nothing needed to be changed, but my tweaks were mainly to bring down the fat level and calorie content. Without further ado...

Here's what you'll need: 

4 Cloves of Minced Garlic
2 TABLESPOONS Minced Onion
1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Flour
2 Cups Milk
1/4 Cup Chicken Broth
2/3 Cup Shredded Pecorino Romano Cheese
3 teaspoons Lemon Juice
2 teaspoons Sriracha Hot Sauce
1/4 Cup Light Sour Cream
10 oz. Fresh Spinach Coarsely Chopped
12 oz. Jar Artichoke Hearts (Non-marinated) Coarsely Chopped
1/2 Cup Shredded Monterey Jack or Colby Jack Cheese

Directions:

1. Pour olive oil and 1 teaspoon sriracha into saucepan. Add in garlic and onion. Saute over medium heat until golden and simmering.
2. Stir in flour, cook for 1 minute, or until flour has mixed well with the oil.
3. Add chicken broth. Slowly whisk in milk. Continue to cook until boiling.
4. When the mixture is boiling, stir in Romano Cheese, Lemon Juice, and Sriracha. Stir mixture until the cheese has completely melted. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool for 5 minutes.
5. Stir in Sour Cream. Add Spinach and Artichoke Hearts.
6. Transfer dip to serving dish. Sprinkle Monterey or Colby Jack Cheese over the top of the dip.
7. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve.
8. Microwave dip to heat until cheese on top is melted.




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