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Fresh Spinach Dip with Feta and Dill

Fresh Spinach Dip with Feta and Dill
Makes 1-1/4 cups; serves 8 to 10

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This emerald-colored spread is thick enough for crostini, yet light enough to serve with Baked Pita Chips and endive leaves, jicama sticks, and other fresh vegetables for dunking.

6 cups loosely packed fresh baby spinach leaves (about 5 ounces)
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup crumbled feta cheese (4 ounces)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or 1/2 teaspoon dried
Dash of cayenne pepper

1. Rinse the spinach in a large bowl of cold water. Drain but do not spin dry. Place the spinach with any water that still clings to the leaves in a large heavy nonreactive saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat, turning over with tongs once or twice for even cooking, until the spinach is bright green and just wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a colander to drain. When cool enough to handle, squeeze dry with your hands.

2. In a food processor, combine the garlic and salt. Process until the garlic is finely chopped. Add the ricotta and puree until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Add the spinach, feta cheese, olive oil, lemon juice, dill, and cayenne. Pulse until the spinach is coarsely chopped and the cheese is blended.

3. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 6 hours before serving.



Fresh Spinach

Wilted Spinach

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Recipes from Great Party Dips by Peggy Fallon. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken NJ. Copyright 2009. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

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