So when Mr. Bell's friend was coming over, I started puzzling over what to make days in advance. I asked Mr. Bell, who looked at me like I had three heads and said, and I quote here hence the quotation marks, "What's the big deal? He's not my girlfriend, you don't have to impress him," which was actually funny but I was far too gone in my crazy train head about what I was going to make to laugh. I might have started yelling at him that this was his fault and all his talking about my cooking was ruining my life. Or something like that.
Eventually I decided on doing Southwestern food. I made this spicy dip because Mr. Bell loves spinach dip and I love Mexican food and this seemed like a good combination. Let me tell you something that I realized about our dinner guest after he left. He doesn't like spinach. Not only was it in this dip, but it was also in the salad. So I am sure that he lays awake at night wondering why Mr. Bell goes on and on about my cooking when it is clearly sub par. He probably had to stop at Jack in the Box for 99 cent tacos on his way home and we'll probably never hear from him again. Sad. But since he didn't like the dip, and I made enough food for about 12 people when there were only 3 of us, we had plenty of dip left at the end of the evening. Last night, I made it into a soup. Mr. Bell proclaimed it quite possibly the best soup he ever ate. And is now online trying to figure out how I can start my own soup business.
Spicy Southwestern Spinach Dip
Recipe by Michelle's Dinner Bell
1 tbs butter
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
2 cans Ro-tel tomatoes with chiles - I use original but mild and hot varieties are available
8 oz reduced fat cream cheese - full fat will work, too, but fat free will not
8 ozs shredded cheese - I used a cheddar and jack combination
1 cup sour cream
6 ozs fresh baby spinach
In skillet, melt butter and cook onions and jalapeno 3-4 minutes until onion is transparent. Add tomatoes and cream cheese and stir until well blended. Add shredded cheese and mix well. Stir in sour cream and spinach. Transfer to a baking dish and bake at 375 for about 30 minutes, until bubbly and starting to brown on the top. Serve with tortilla chips and veggies. You could also do this in a bread bowl which would be delicious.
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