Although spinach and artichoke dip has become a North American classic, its roots lie in Provençal cuisine, where the vegetables are usually baked with cheese and served as a gratin. This chunky dip, simplicity itself, always draws rave reviews and disappears to the last drop. This is great with Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips (see below) or even simple brown rice crackers.
Small to medium (1 1/2 to 3 1/2 quart) slow cooker
In slow cooker stoneware, combine mozzarella, Neufchâtel cheese, Parmesan, garlic, artichokes, spinach and black pepper. Cover and cook on High for 2 hours, until hot and bubbly. Stir well and serve with homemade tortilla chips.
If you prefer a smoother dip, place spinach and artichokes in a food processor, in separate batches, and pulse until desired degree of fineness is achieved. Then combine with remaining ingredients in slow cooker stoneware.
If you prefer, use frozen artichokes, thawed, to make this recipe. You will need 6 artichoke hearts.
Nutrients Per Serving (about 1/4 cup): 87 calories, 5.2 g protein, 4 g carbohydrates; 6 g fat (total),1.6 g dietary fiber, 196 mg sodium and 20 mg cholesterol.
To make your own healthy tortilla chips, buy fresh corn tortillas from a reliable source. (I get mine hot from a taqueria.) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Brush each tortilla on both sides with extra virgin olive oil. Stack and cut so each individual tortilla produces 8 segments. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt.
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