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You know that cheese dip you can get at restaurants? That beautiful bowl of white cheese with spinach that just tastes oh so divine and can be gobbled up in mere minutes, leaving you to wait for your meal with nothing to do?
We love that dip and I’m guessing you do too! Today, we’re not talking about the other one, we’re talking about this spinach cheese dip.
we I continue to strive to make more and more of our foods from scratch, including delicious snacks and goodies, it’s important that I choose things I know we already love and enjoy. The goal isn’t necessarily to make it healthier. Or at least not in terms of the main ingredients. My goal is to make it more delicious, thereby decreasing our desire to go out and get it somewhere. Because, let’s face it, eating out is expensive and adds up oh so quickly. Especially if you indulge in the goodies before the meal.
I know there are different versions of spinach dip. My goal was for so simple I almost don’t need to do more than think about it. Also, because it’s so simple, I can quickly whip it up while I’m cooking other foods. So, I opted for a queso blanco block. This is similar to the cheddar-style Velveeta you can find on shelves. This cheese is in the refrigerated section.
And, of course, you need some spinach, milk, onion, garlic, and butter. That’s it, just a few ingredients you likely have already.
First, slice off a big chunk of the queso blanco and cut it into cubes.
Next, sauté the butter, garlic, and onion together in a medium pot over medium heat.
Either use cut spinach, or just do a quick cut of some spinach leaves. Add them in with the butter, garlic, and onion.
Next, reduce heat to medium-low, add your queso blanco and about a 1/4 cup milk. Stir and melt. You can either keep stirring until the cheese is all melted or stir do something, stir again. I prefer the stir-do something-stir again method, only because, as I’ve said, I can make this dip while I’m making something else (or holding Turtle Boy). Whatever you do, don’t walk away or you’ll have burnt cheese dip!
If you want, add a bit of diced tomatoes for extra flavor and oomph.
Once the cheese is melted thoroughly, pour into a bowl and serve. We like either butter crackers or some homemade tortilla chips.
And here’s a handy printable recipe card. Just click the picture below and you’ll be taken to the pdf version to print. Enjoy! And, if you enjoyed this recipe, please feel free to share on Pinterest or your favorite social media platform.