I love hosting the yearly Super Bowl party at my house.
I can't tell you what team is playing, or who their quarterback is – I don’t usually even watch more than the halftime show.
I'm in it entirely for the snacks!
For some reason, beer is colder, cheese is meltier, chili is tastier, and snacks are all-around better on Super Bowl Sunday. It is a phenomenon I don’t even begin to comprehend; I just embrace this fact and open my house to football fanatics who bring yummy things to eat.
One of the most requested items at my Super Bowl party is this Blue Cheese Bacon Spinach Dip
. The inspiration? The steak house. Basically, everything that I love that comes on or next to a steak, minus the steak. Spinach. Horseradish. Blue Cheese. Bacon. Hot Sauce.
You with me?
Heat a skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Add spinach by the handful. You’ll think that you won’t be able to get all of the spinach into the pan, but it wilts so much, it will all go in. After about 3 minutes, it is completely wilted. Add the garlic and give it a quick stir.
Remove from heat. Give it a rough chop. I use a pair of scissors and cut it up in the pan.
Meanwhile, add the cream cheese, half-and-half, and horseradish to the bowl of a mixer. Beat it until smooth.
Add the reserved spinach, blue cheese, and walnuts.
Don’t forget the bacon!
Add pepper and hot sauce. Give it a taste. If you want, add a little more hot sauce.
Spray a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray. Pour the mixture into the pan and smooth.
Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven until golden brown and hot all the way through. Garnish with chopped chives, and serve with chips or crackers.
Regardless of who you’re cheering for, this dip is a winner!