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Baked Spinach Dip Loaf

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour 25 min.

Makes

16 servings

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
Baked Spinach Dip Loaf Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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