Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Spinach Riccota Dip

Are you totally missing 'potluck' season thanks to Covid shelter at home and keep in your bubble mandates too? There is no reason we cannot have 'virtual' parties to maintain our traditions  .... make a few of your favorite potluck items in smaller quantities, set up a Zoom or Facebook chat room and grab a glass of wine or your favorite festive beverage and do the virtual sharing of good times! 

 It might be 'different' but in my humble opinion we really need to try to keep our focus on the blessings we have to be facing this world wide pandemic in 2020 vs 1920! We have the benefits that modern technology offer us to remain connected, to access the things we 'need' via online shopping and quick delivery to make sheltering at home more viable! 

100 years ago when the Spanish Flu caused a world wide Pandemic after the war resulting in similar lock downs to help flatten the curve and manage the health care needs of society - they were truly stuck at home ALONE with only those in their households and it was not easy for arranging for the 'delivering' of groceries or supplies and no ability to 'work from home' via Zoom or Internet connections!  

It may not be 'ideal' but we have so many more options today!

Spinach Ricotta Dip
Ingredients needed:
1/2 cup of frozen chopped spinach
3/4 cup ricotta
1/4 cup Parmesan
Pinch Red pepper flakes
Pinch Garlic powder
1 tsp Epicure Spinach dip seasoning
1.Mix ricotta, spinach and 1/2 the Parmesan cheese in a small baking dish. Add a dash of garlic powder, red pepper flakes, Epicure seasoning. Top with remaining cheese.
2. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes
3. Enjoy with homemade grain free crackers (posting one of my favorite adaptions below) or Whisps or veggie sticks! 

Cheddar Asiago Crackers - adapted from Carol Ketchum's recipe

1 1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1/3 cup of Epicure Macaroni Cheese Seasoning or add a pop with the Ooey Gooey Queso
1/2 cup finely grated Asiago cheese (could sub Parmesan)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp melted butter
2 egg whites


Preheat oven to 225F.

In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix well.

Add in butter and egg whites and stir until a cohesive dough forms.

On a large cookie sheet, roll out into a rough rectangle between sheets of parchment paper to desired thickness. Can be made very thin, but make sure that it is of even thickness all over so the edges won’t burn before the middle crisps up.

Remove top layer of parchment. With a sharp knife, score into desired size of cracker - craving pita's cut them in triangles for that nice 'pointy dip' option!

Bake one hour or until firm and edges are crispy. Turn off oven and leave crackers in oven another half hour to an hour. 

Bon Appetite 

Live, Laugh, Love
Be Totallyawake4-life

No comments:

Post a Comment