Monday, February 27, 2017

Spinach Dip Bites

 Here's an easy appy that I found on a blog called Lil Luna. I was having a few friends over, and I was looking for ideas. At first, I thought of doing the usual spinach dip, but of course I wanted to find some sort of twist. Maybe a picky-uppy kind of something?? Then I saw this and thought BINGO! This is exactly what I had in mind! It was the perfect recipe to assemble in advance and then bake just before my friends arrived. Easy!
 ok, now, I know the recipe calls for shredded mozzarella cheese for the top, but I happened to have shredded cheddar on hand, so I went with it. Use whatever kind you like! Oh, btw, they won't last long. Spinach dip is always a hit at parties, and this is no different!! I promise you,  if you make this, you'll be a hit too!

2 cups frozen spinach, chopped and thawed
1 6 ounce jar Artichoke Hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 tsp minced garlic
2 tbs grated parmesan cheese
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 tsp garlic salt
pepper to taste
1 can seamless crescent dough

Preheat oven to 375.
In a bowl, combine spinach, artichoke hearts, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Blend in cream cheese and half of your mozzarella cheese. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
Using a rolling pin, lay out dough on a cutting board and lightly stretch to a 8 x 12 rectangle. Cut dough into 2 inch squares, so you have 24 squared total.
Lightly grease a mini muffin tin and place a square in each slot, gently pushing down to create an indent. (you don't need to mold to the cup.)
Scoop one teaspoon of your spinach mixture on top of each crescent square and gently push in, (bites will mold to your tin while baking). Spread the remaining mozzarella cheese over the tops of each cup. Bake for 15 - 17 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before moving from tray.

If you have any extra filling leftover (or even if you just don't feel like doing the cups) just pop the filling into a small baking dish with a little cheese sprinkled over the top and bake as directed. Serve with scoop chips. Boom.

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