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Baked Spinach Dip in Bread

 Baked Spinach Dip in Bread
This is the only way my kids will eat spinach! The dip can be made ahead and chilled. Place in the bread shell and bake just before company arrives.—Shauna Dittrick, Leduc, Alberta
16 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon dill weed
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 round loaf (1 pound) unsliced sourdough bread
  • Assorted fresh vegetables

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and mayonnaise until blended. Stir
  • in the spinach, cheese, bacon, onion, dill and garlic; set aside.
  • Cut a 1-1/2-in. slice off top of bread; set aside. Carefully hollow
  • out bottom, leaving a 1/2-in. shell. Cube removed bread and place on
  • a baking sheet. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until
  • golden brown; set aside.
  • Fill bread shell with spinach dip; replace top. Place any dip that
  • doesn't fit in shell in a greased baking dish. Wrap bread in
  • heavy-duty foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 1
  • hour or until dip is heated through. Cover and bake additional dip
  • for 40-45 minutes or until heated through. Open foil carefully.

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Baked Spinach Dip in Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Serve dip warm with vegetables and reserved bread cubes. Yield: 4
  • cups.
Editor's Note: Fat-free cream cheese and mayonnaise are not recommended for this recipe.
Nutritional Facts: 1/4 cup equals (calculated without assorted fresh vegetables)361 calories, 28 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 52 mg cholesterol, 537 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein.