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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Cheesy Spinach Dip

This incredible Cheesy Spinach Dip is best served chilled with cut up veggies, crackers or pretzel bites. Perfect for parties and entertaining!

This post is sponsored by AE Dairy, but all opinions are my own.

Collage of hand holding a triscuit with cheesy spinach dip and aerial view of grey bowl of spinach dip and veggies.

Warm weather has finally arrived and that means fun dips and appetizers for all of our outdoor parties and gatherings. This new cold dip comes together in a flash and is perfect to serve alongside any main meal as a starter or side.

I’ve partnered with AE Dairy for this fun recipe – and as a Midwest girl through and through – I knew it would be a great fit for my food blog, which has been delivering Midwest comfort foods for close to 14 years.

AE Dairy, known as “Iowa’s Favorite Milk, Yogurt and Cottage Cheese” brand has been in operation for nearly a century. With just $15.000 in 1930 the original two investors bought the necessary equipment, property and vehicles, at the beginning of the Great Depression nonetheless, and immersed themselves in work and all things dairy.

Today AE Dairy can be found all across Iowa and parts of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota. Their traditions still holding strong.

Overhead view of food processor with spinach dip next to a green lid of AE Dairy cottage cheese.

Together we wanted to highlight cottage cheese. Have you been following the cottage cheese scene as of late? People are creating ALL MATTERS OF THINGS with cottage cheese.

Everything from whipped ice cream to “cottage cheese” grazing boards. Really the possibilities are endless with this creamy and soft natural protein.

Today we wanted to make a fun dip!

Close up of hand holding a carrot stick with spinach dip on it, with the food processor in the background.

Years and years ago I used to make veggie dips with cottage cheese. I like to think I was way ahead of any trends. This was well before social media!

I used to put cottage cheese and a ranch seasoning packet into a blender and call it a day. That was my veggie dip! Today my friends, I made one even better and much more superior. I used AE Dairy’s Garden Vegetable Cottage Cheese.

You read that correct! A fun flavored cottage cheese. This one was originally created in the 1960’s and with the recipe revamped in 2005 it’s now even better. A fresh blend of bell peppers, carrots, onions, celery, garlic and tomatoes rounds out this seasonal variety which tastes like a garden party in your mouth.

Close up of hand holding a triscuit cracker with spinach dip on it. A bowl of the dip and relishes in the background.

Into a food processor I also added cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, fresh garlic, salt and spinach. Together when pulsed together it makes the most flavorful cold spinach dip.

I served this with a variety of dippers (always good to give your crowd choices) – carrot and cucumber sticks, woven crackers and fun pretzel bites. A little bit of something for everyone.

This dip is ideal for our busy Summer lives, it can easily be prepped the day ahead, wrapped up and kept in the fridge until ready to eat. Little prep, little fuss!

Grey serving bowl with spinach dip, veggies, crackers and pretzel bites on a white and blue towel.

This Cheesy Spinach Dip has a smooth texture yet is robust enough (lots of veggies!) to fill up bellies. My kids loved it as a dip and guess what? I added a healthy spread of it on my turkey sandwich the next day and WOWZA that was amazing too.

Who knew cottage cheese was so versatile?

I cannot wait to continue to share some fun AE Dairy products in the coming months. It’s fun to work with quality dairy products!

Collage of cheesy spinach dip; in grey serving bowl, food processor and hand holding a bite.

I’m looking forward to seeing your Cheesy Spinach Dip creations soon! Be sure to tag myself (@sweetsavoryeats) and AE Dairy (@aedairy) on socials and we’ll be sure to share the love as well.

A big thanks to AE Dairy for sponsoring this post.

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