I’m a big fan of spinach dip. In fact, I just made a big batch last week for my son’s birthday party. It’s always a hit at gatherings, and it’s super addictive. The thing is… it’s not exactly healthy. That’s why, when Stonyfield and Simply Organic asked me to put a twist on a holiday appetizer dip, I decided to give spinach dip a makeover! My take on this classic uses fat-free Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise and sour cream. For an extra flavor boost, this version struts some seriously mouth-watering caramelized onions, garlic, and organic sage and nutmeg. If you have the patience to caramelize some onions (don’t be fooled by recipes that claim it can happen in just 10 minutes!), you’ll be rewarded with a wonderful, guilt-free appetizer. This dip is rich and tangy and downright delicious. It has a lot of flavor on its own, so I recommend using plain crackers or crostini for dipping, rather than ones with added flavoring. Veggies would also be great dippers. Or just spoon > mouth. No judging. Pinky swear.
To win your very own gift basket from Simply Organic, check out the giveaway details after the recipe below!
Caramelized Onion and Spinach Dip with Sage
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground sage
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
10-ounce package frozen, chopped spinach, thawed
4 ounces water chestnuts, chopped
1 1/4 cups plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, around 25 minutes. When the onions are almost all golden, stir in sage, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and continue to cook until the onions are caramelized. Remove from heat.
Drain the thawed spinach and squeeze out any excess water, either by pressing it in a sieve, or wrapping it in a kitchen towel and squeezing the water out. Place spinach, onions, water chestnuts and yogurt in a medium bowl and stir well to combine. Cover and chill before serving. Enjoy!
Big Flavors Rating: 4 Stars
And now, for the giveaway! Stonyfield has teamed up with Simply Organic to offer my readers a chance to win a gift basket filled with high-quality organic spices and extracts. The above photo is from the assortment they sent me, and let me tell you – I was very impressed! In addition to the sage and nutmeg used in this recipe, I used some of the poultry seasoning to make extra gravy for Thanksgiving leftovers, and it was wonderful! Very fragrant. Much better than some of the other brands I’ve tried, and USDA organic! This is a great prize, especially with all of the holiday cooking and baking coming up. All you need to do to win is leave a comment below telling me how you use your favorite spice. The contest will close on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 12 noon (Eastern Standard Time). Winner will be chosen via random.org and will be contacted via email to get mailing information. Good luck, everyone!
*Note: I received promotional items, but all opinions are 100% my own.
UPDATE – The winner has been selected via random.org – CONGRATS to Felice!