Recipe – Crock pot hot spinach dip

I made this and took it to a Superbowl party tonite for my knitting group, and it was VERY well received.  There is always a bit of uncertainty about a new recipe, and this one did not disappoint.  Even with the mods I had to make – I went to the discount grocery store and they didn’t have green onions or water chestnuts.  I did miss the water Chestnuts in this, but I think it was fine with sauteed yellow onions.  Forgot to include that I used about 3 splurps of Franks Original Hot Sauce.

The next time I make it, I’m thinking of adding a bit of lemon juice, too.  And fresh Garlic.  And more onion.

Hot Spinach Cheese Dip
http://southernfood.about.com/od/crockpotdips/r/bl97c7.htm
By Diana Rattray, About.com

Ingredients:

* 1 large package (16 to 20 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
* 2 (8 ounces) packages cream cheese, cut in cubes
* 3/4 cup chopped green onions
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon paprika
* 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
* 1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained, chopped
* assorted crackers, chips, or vegetable dippers

Preparation:
In slow cooker, combine spinach and cream cheese. Add green onions, garlic powder, pepper, and paprika. Cover and cook for 2 hours, stirring once or twice, until very hot. Reserve 1/4 cup of shredded cheese for topping. Stir in the remaining cheese and chopped water chestnuts. Sprinkle reserved cheese over top. Serve with chips, crackers, or vegetables for dipping.

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