SOURCE: Tabasco

November 14, 2013 05:00 ET

Entertain This Holiday Season With Delicious Dips

MISSION, KS--(Marketwired - Nov 14, 2013) - (Family Features) Holidays are a time for family, friends and delicious food. This year, delight your guests with an array of easy and tasty dips. Spicy Spinach & Artichoke Dip is always a crowd pleaser, combining three cheeses with vegetables and Tabasco Original Red Sauce for added flavor. Requiring minimal prep time, this recipe is a perfect appetizer for any party.

Dip Tips

Here are a few tips and tricks to use when preparing any dip recipe:

  • Make quick dips, like plain hummus or Greek yogurt with curry powder, and add a little spice with Tabasco Sauce.
  • Prepare some dips a day or so in advance to save time on party day. Bean- and vegetable-based dips keep best overnight.
  • For a healthier option, dip with veggies instead of chips. In addition to your favorite stand-bys, try sliced peppers, radishes or fruit, such as apples or melon.

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Spicy Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Makes: 4 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

1/2   cup butter (1 stick)
1   medium onion, chopped (1 cup)
2   (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1   (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1   (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1   (8-ounce) carton sour cream
1   cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
1   cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
2   tablespoons Tabasco Original Red Sauce
    Salt, to taste
    Toasted pita bread wedges
1   cup medium tomato, chopped, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Melt butter in large saucepan or skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in spinach, artichokes, cream cheese, sour cream, 3/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, Tabasco Original Red Sauce and salt. Stir until well blended and heated through.

Pour mixture into 1 1/2-quart casserole dish and top with remaining 1/4 cup Monterey Jack and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake in oven until cheese starts to brown, about 10 minutes.

Serve with pita bread and garnish with tomatoes.

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