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Baked Spinach Dip Loaf

Any round loaf works as a serving bowl for this cream-cheesy dip, with spinach, cheddar, water chestnuts and, yes, bacon. Scoop the dip with the extra bread and veggies—then eat the bowl! —Frieda Meding, Trochu, Alberta
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour 25 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, divided
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 green onions, chopped, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 unsliced round loaf (1 pound) sourdough bread
  • Cucumber slices

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Reserve 1 tablespoon crumbled bacon for topping. Beat cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in spinach, water chestnuts, 1 cup cheese, half of the green onions, garlic, seasonings and remaining bacon.
  • Cut a 1-1/2-in. slice off top of bread. Hollow out the bottom, leaving a 1/2-in.-thick shell. Cut all removed bread into cubes for serving. Fill shell with dip. Wrap in heavy-duty foil, tenting foil over dip. Bake on a baking sheet 1-1/4 hours.
  • Open foil carefully, allowing steam to escape. Sprinkle dip with remaining cheese and green onion and the reserved bacon. Bake until cheese is melted, 10-15 minutes. Serve warm with cucumber and cubed bread.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup dip: 254 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 334mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.
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  • PennStateMom
    Dec 29, 2017

    Had guests for dinner and tried this. Followed directions exactly and OMG! Delicious! Wrapped leftovers with bread bowl. covered in foil and baked again the next day. My husband and I cut up the bread bowl (super crispy and crunchy) and it was delicious the second time around! This will be a keeper.

  • robbrd
    Dec 7, 2017

    Very good! Everyone that had this liked it. Definitely a keeper. I didn't bake it in a bread bowl. I mixed everything together and cooked it in a crock pot on low for 3 hours.

  • sstetzel
    Sep 22, 2017

    Hi Lindachance,You can leave them out if you don't care for them. They just add a nice crunch.Good luck,Sue StetzelRecipe Support SpecialistTaste of Home Magazine

  • Lindachance
    Sep 1, 2017

    Does anyone know if you can make this without the water chestnuts or what you can replace them withI don't care for them.

  • shannondobos
    Jan 6, 2017

    I made this three times over the holiday season. The first, I made it exactly as written, and it was amazing. The second time I only had half the cream cheese called for, but still made it. You honestly couldn't even tell there was only half the cream cheese in it....it's just that rich and delicious. The third time I made it vegetarian and left out the bacon (and repeated the method with half the cream cheese since it worked so well the first time). Again, it was SO good. I feel like you just can't go wrong with this dip!

  • licorice lover
    Dec 6, 2016

    This is the very best recipe I have ever tried and I plan on serving it twice in the next week. I added one envelope of dry Knorr veggie soup, straight into the mixture. Just adds a little something. Keep them coming! !!! Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!

  • afinegem
    Nov 13, 2016

    can someone please tell me were u get the aged bacon i have never heard of it.. would love to try this recipe and can u use regular bacon or does it get to soggy thanks.

  • Kasha
    Jun 12, 2014

    Turns out great every time, have also used the towel trick to transport and it keeps nice and warm,! Thanks

  • cindiak
    Feb 16, 2014

    Made this for a Super Bowl party and it was a big hit. I made it the night before and popped it in the oven before the party.

  • kennedy22
    Nov 28, 2013

    Awesome!! The only thing I changed was adding a small diced onion since I didn't have any green ones ...really good and it's in my recipe book... thanks for sharing!!