Sunday, October 08, 2017

Cooking with Blobby

My lord - I'm guessing it's been a while since I've done one of these. And it's not that I don't cook any longer, I just rarely cook anything new.

This is not for lacking the want - just the time. I need to get back on that horse and get out of the routine of the 7-8 things that are constant.

Technically today, there is no cooking. No stoves, no ranges, no microwaves. No heat - except for the red pepper flakes.

It was our block party Sunday. I needed an appetizer, side or dessert. It's one of these things you wish they'd say A-G, you bring dessert;  H-N you bring a side.....and so on.  So whenever I choose, let's say a dessert, then everyone brings them. And if I don't, then no one does.  Ya just can't win.

Truth be told, I'm never using this get together as one of my meals. I snack here and there on a tidbit, but it's about hanging out with neighbors and friends - and having some wine.  To be clear: usually the tidbits are chocolate chip cookies.

I went with appetizer. I went with something I hadn't quite made, but in the past made a variation of.

I went with Avocado, Spinach Artichoke Dip.  I made an avocado dip years ago, but no spinach or artichoke. This was easy.  10 minute prep time.....tops.

  • Avocados - 2 (though I used three because they were small
  • Frozen Spinach - 1 C  (honestly didn't measure it out. Used entire frozen pack, thawed, squeeze out as dry as I could. 
  • Artichoke Hearts - 1 C.  I used about an ounce more to use them all up, which means, I had to use extra.....
  • Cream Cheese - 4oz   I used about 5. 
  • Garlic - 1 clove minced.  HAHAHAHAHA. Who the fuck has ever used on clove in their entire life. I used three smaller cloves. 
  • Lemon - the juice of one. 
  • Salt and Red Pepper Flakes to taste.    
Avocados have to be ripe. Cream Cheese needs to be room temp. Those are your only true takeaways. And the only thing from keeping you from making it at the exact tie you want. 

But here's how easy. 

In small food processor, ad avocados, lemon juice, cream cheese and garlic.

Blend until smooth.   See?

Put mixture into a bowl. Fold in chopped spinach and then artichokes. Add salt and red pepper flakes. Combine. 

Boom. Done. 

Well, after you put it in a dish. 

It was all ok. Tasted good, if not a slightly bland.  As always: maybe I should have used more red pepper flakes.  I served it with pita chips and people seemed to it wasn't store bought and people ate it. I call it a win. 


Deedles said...

You lost me at frozen spinach and food processer.

Ur-spo said...

I always enjoy these entries; what ones I have made have never failed me.