I always tell myself that summer will be less busy than the winter holidays, but that’s never true. Right now, we’re going in a million different directions for graduations, dance rehearsals and summer barbecues. I like busy and full weekends of seeing friends and enjoying the warm weather. This appetizer is just perfect to put together really quick when you’re running out to a friend’s house or a neighborhood block party. Yes, burgers and dogs are great food, but if you’re like me, you always end up filling up on the dips and appetizers before the dinner.
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SPINACH, BACON AND ONION DIP
4 slices ShopRite bacon, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, diced medium
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 tsp. all-purpose flour
2 packages (10 ounces each) ShopRite frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sour cream
8 oz. (or 1 bar) ShopRite cream cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Crostini or pita chips, for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium saucepan, cook bacon over medium, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, 10 minutes. Drain bacon on paper towels. Discard all but 1 tablespoon fat from pan.
Add onion to pan, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 8 minutes. Add flour and cook 30 seconds. Add spinach, milk, sour cream, and cream cheese. Cook, stirring, until cream cheese melts, 2 minutes. Stir in bacon and 1/4 cup Parmesan.
Transfer mixture to a 1 1/2-quart baking dish and top with 1/4 cup Parmesan. Bake until bubbling, 14 minutes. Heat broiler and broil until top browns, 3 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes. Serve dip warm with crostini or pita chips.
Notes: If you’re taking to a summer barbecue, assemble the dip then heat it up when you get there.
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