November, December & January are months where holiday traditions & memories are made. Whether it is watching the big game on Thanksgiving, going to the parade on Christmas or spending New Years in Church – at the end of the day we are going to eat good. That made me think of my own family traditions and what we (the hubby & I) are trying to teach our own children. Over the past few years, we have actually traveled to our family’s homes for the holidays. This year we are spending Christmas in sunny Florida! And with the size of my husband’s family, means I personally am not cooking the main dish!
I usually get assigned “Appetizer Duty” and I am totally fine with that. Also, being pregnant I really don’t feel like “throwing down” in the kitchen anyway! My favorite appetizer holiday recipe is my “Famous Spinach Dip” and even my husband (who hates spinach) fills his plate when this dish is made! I will share it with you, but you must write me and tell me if you make it! You can get all these ingredients and your Holiday foods at your local Winn Dixie
Spinach Artichoke Dip
1 1/2 10oz pkgs frozen chopped spinach
1 1/2 cans artichokes (strained and chopped)
1 medium onion, chopped
1-2 cloves chopped garlic
2 T butter
1/2 t. cayenne pepper (or to taste)
Salt & pepper to taste
8oz. Cream cheese
8oz. Shredded Monterey Jack cheese w/ peppers
4oz. Shredded Swiss cheese
4oz. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
4-6oz. Heavy Whipping cream
4oz. Fresh shredded Parmesan cheese
1. Cook Spinach according to instructions on package. Drain and set aside.
2. Sauté chopped onion and garlic in butter until tender.
3. With beater/mixer, beat whipping cream on medium speed and gradually fold in cream cheese until it forms a creamy mixture.
4. Mix all ingredients above (EXCEPT for the Parmesan Cheese), and salt and pepper to taste.
5. Marinate in fridge for at least 2 hours (the longer the better).
6. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese and cook in oven for 350 for 20 minutes or until cheese on top is brown and bubbly.
When adding the onion/garlic mixture, don’t add the melted butter. It will settle on top during the cooking process.
Not only am I sharing my recipe with you, I am entering the Winn Dixie Holiday Recipes to Impress
E-cookbook contest! The selected recipes will be entered into a final E-Cookbook for all to enjoy! In addition to submitting your own recipe, it will be fun to see how other families celebrate the holidays. You might even get an idea for a new tradition. If you have skills in the kitchen and would love to share not only your family traditions but also a recipe to match – you should enter! Who knows? We might be cooking your sweet potato pie for our next holiday gathering!
You are also invited to join Winn-Dixie for a Twitter party on December 18, 9 p.m., EST.
What is your favorite holiday dish to make?
Bernetta is the creator and primary content creator for BernettaStyle.com. This website was created to motivate women to live simple, smart, and inspired lives through stories of motherhood, wife life, and so much more. Bernetta is a lovely wife and mother. She enjoys reading, staying active and trying new things.
MushyMamma(Daphne)December 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm
I love spinach and artichoke dip, I have never made my own but i’m going to try this recipe out.
RenaeDecember 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm
I can’t wait to try this Artichoke dip, looks good!
LA Lynn'sDecember 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm
Wow… This dish looks fantastic!!!! Thanks for sharing!