Photo: Kelly Rossiter
I do a lot of entertaining
in the summer and I'm always looking for interesting dips
to serve to guests. On a lazy afternoon at the cottage, I can set out a big bowl of fresh vegetables and some pita bread and let everyone nibble away as they please. I have some good hummus recipes
that I go back to all the time, but sometimes you want something a little bit different. I liked the flavor combination of this spinach and yogurt dip. I actually drained the yogurt overnight because I got busy and didn't end up making the dip when I intended to, and it was really thick by the time I was finished mixing in the other ingredients. Really, an hour of draining should do it.
It occurred to me that it would also make a great base for a grilled vegetable sandwich. You could fill a pita with some grilled eggplant
and grilled red peppers and add a spoonful or two of the dip and it would be fantastic. It would be pretty amazing on a toasted bagel, too.
Even though my daughter has some fresh mint growing in her garden, I heeded the recipe and used dried mint. The recipe writer thought it gave the dish a nice woodsy flavor, and I suppose that is true. I think it would be good with fresh mint too, and perhaps it would give it a slightly brighter flavor. I always use mint sparingly because I find it takes over a dish and that is all I can taste, but this had a nice balance.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Yield: About 2 cups
Spinach and Yogurt Dip
2 6-ounce packets spinach
1 clove garlic, minced and divided into two separate batches
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tub (about 2 cups) very thick, drained yogurt
Dash dried mint for garnish
Handful crushed walnuts
Drizzle olive oil
- Blanch your baby spinach. Rinse in cold water and drain well, squeezing it to get all the liquid out. Chop fine.
- Sauté 1/2 clove of garlic in 2 tablespoons olive oil and add the baby spinach. Add salt to taste. Stir for a few minutes. Remove from stove, allow to cool.
- In a bowl, add yogurt, 1/2 clove of minced garlic, baby spinach and stir gently. Add salt to taste. Transfer to the bowl you are serving it in and sprinkle with dried mint, crushed walnuts and a drizzle of olive oil.
- Serve with lavash or whole wheat pita.
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