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Spinach and Cheese Dip

Chuck Hughes' creamy and flavorful spinach and cheese dip served in a warm tasty bread bowl is easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

1 round loaf of bread

4 slices pancetta

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 cups/500ml grated Gruyere cheese

1 cup/250ml grated smoked Raclette cheese

2 tablespoons/30ml all-purpose flour

1 cup/250ml beer

1 clove garlic, minced

4 cups chopped fresh spinach (1 liter)

1 teaspoon/5ml sambal oelek

Cut raw vegetables, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). 
  2. Cut a 1-inch slice off the top of the bread loaf and set aside. With a paring knife, gently remove the bread on the inside of the loaf to form a bowl, leaving a 1-inch-thick bread shell along the sides and bottom. Cube the top slice and the center of the loaf to make croutons. 
  3. Fry the pancetta in an ovenproof skillet until golden brown and crisp. Drain on paper towels. Add the croutons to the skillet and coat them with the pancetta fat. Season with salt and pepper, then transfer the skillet to the oven and cook for 5 minutes. 
  4. Place the bread bowl in the oven along with the croutons to make it crisp. In a large bowl, combine the cheeses and flour. Season with pepper. 
  5. In a saucepan, heat the beer and garlic. Gradually add the cheese mixture, stirring until the cheese melts. Stir in the spinach and sambal. 
  6. Fill the bread bowl with spinach dip and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Garnish the dip with the pancetta. Serve warm with the vegetables and reserved croutons for dipping.

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