The leaves are turning colors and the air is crisp. Very few things are better in the fall than a tray of hearty cheeses, crackers and fall fruit like apples and pears on a weekend night to bring in the season with family and friends.
This weekend we decided to mix it up a little bit by using some of the spinach we grew in the garden this summer to make a warm dip. A glass of vino certainly paired well with our cheese tray.
The crisp apple we cut up was a perfect pairing as were the chips we served with it.
A table of appetizers, a bottle of wine and your family and friends is all it will take to reconnect you to things. And when its all said and done there’s very little clean up. Why not consider one of these little impromptu gatherings to catch up.
The only note that I will make here is to make sure that your spinach has been completely drained so it doesn’t cause the dip to be to watery…although the extra liquid that I took off the top after it was mixed up was rather tasty.
There were only a few simple ingredients that went into this dip so the prep was minimal and I was able to sit with my guests instead of standing and prepping food during our visit.
The following are the ingredients I used but feel free to change it up and use some of the items you might already have in the fridge and pantry.
8 ounces of Havarti cheese cubed
1/3 cup of a shaved hard cheese like Parmesan, I used Parrano
1 package of frozen spinach drained very well. If you are using fresh spinach use about a bag or bag and a half and process until it is almost the consistency of pesto (fine)
1/4 tsp of Herbes de Provence seasoning
1 tablespoon of toasted pine nuts – throw them in a pan and heat until slightly browned
2 tablespoons of real bacon bits. Although you may be tempted don’t add to much more of the bacon as it will get too salty.
Melt everything together in the microwave in 30 second intervals until it is completely melted, if it is too dry add a tablespoon of cream or milk and serve.
Serve warm with crusty bread, chips or fall apples and pears.
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