At first, the spinach will seem to overflow in the skillet, but keep stirring--as it begins to wilt, it reduces in volume. Serve this creamy spinach-parmesan dip with crudités or hearty wheat crackers.
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach
1/2 cup basil leaves, loosely packed
1/3 cup (about 3 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
How to Make It
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add salt and spinach; sauté 3 minutes or until the spinach wilts. Place spinach mixture in a colander, pressing until mixture is barely moist.
Place spinach mixture, basil, cream cheese, and pepper in a food processor; process until smooth. Spoon spinach mixture into a medium bowl. Add yogurt and Parmesan; stir to combine. Chill.
Huge hit! I made a few changes - used 1/2C cream cheese, used fat free Greek yogurt instead of the regular drippy FF stuff and increased its volume to probably 2/3C, doubled the amount of basil, then shredded probably 1/4C of mozzarella on the top and put it in the oven on broil 'til the top was browned. So so so good, people were shocked that this was not pure calorie-and-fat-laden evil!
I love spinach dip, but always hesitate to enjoy it because it is usually loaded with fat. This dip is low-fat, yet still rich and creamy. The only downside was that it turned bright green when I made it, like a pesto. Perhaps I mixed it too long. Delicious!