In my excitement to attend my very first Wine & Write event this past Thursday, I wanted to create a vegetarian green appetizer…..so off I went to the fridge to see what I could find. Out came a 1 lb. fresh package of spinach, a frozen bag of green peas, 8 oz of cream cheese and fresh parmesan cheese. First I sautéed two large white onions, sprinkled them with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then placed the spinach in the pan and allowed it to cook down. Then I placed the cream cheese in the pan for just 2 minutes to it would come to room temperature faster.
I drained part of the liquid the onions generated, took out the onion, spinach and cream cheese with a slotted spoon, and pulsed the mix in a food processor, while the frozen peas cooked for just 2 to 3 minutes in the remaining liquid in the pan. Added the peas into the mix as well as half a cup of fresh parmesan cheese and pulsed until it was creamy, and Voila! It became a highlight at the event. You could definitely add different ingredients to elevate the “greenness” of this dip – such as add kale or any other greens you have available, or for those that adore bacon, add just a few dried pieces of bacon.
You could add this on top of your couscous or quinoa, to rice, to chicken for a creamy chicken casserole, or just enjoy with pita chips or water crackers. So many choices…..
Stay tuned because I was thinking this would make an absolutely delicious stuffing for handmade raviolis!