After seeing cartons of La Terra Fina’s Chunky Spinach Artichoke & Parmesan Dip riding around in carts at my local Costco, I asked a woman about it. Her eyes glazed over as she started to describe how wonderful this dip is. So, I bought a carton and took it home. Made with ingredients that we can all recognize, you could just eat this dip right out of the spoon! In addition to spinach and bits of artichoke hearts, the dip is made from cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion, Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheeses, autolyzed yeast, garlic powder, cornstarch, sea salt, and spices. It is gluten free. As you might guess, it is low in carbs and fairly high in fat.
I think that the good folks at La Terra Fina should rename their unbelievably delicious Chunky Spinach Artichoke & Parmesan Dip. The name tells the major ingredients, but it doesn’t give a hint of how versatile this dip is. I would call it “The Sandwich Makers’ Friend.”
While it is lovely to use Chunky Spinach Artichoke & Parmesan Dip as a dip, it can be easily used to enhance a sandwich meal experience. Here are suggestions for its use in single serving foods. If you have a crowd over, just increase the quantities.
Sandwich. Grill your favorite bread or a crusty Italian roll. Spread Chunky Spinach Artichoke & Parmesan Dip on each piece of bread or roll. On one piece of bread place fresh spinach leaves, thinly sliced tomato, and thinly sliced cucumber. Add deli sliced roast beef, ham, or turkey. Close the sandwich with the second piece of bread or roll.
Side Salad. Make a bowl of your favorite mixed greens and veggies. Add Italian dressing and 1-2 tablespoons of Chunky Spinach Artichoke & Parmesan Dip. Toss the salad to mix it and serve it with your favorite sandwich.
Cup of Soup. In a microwave safe cup, use 1/4 cup of Chunky Spinach Artichoke & Parmesan Dip, add 1/3-1/2 cup of baked potato that has been mashed up. (You may also substitute 1/4 cup of instant mashed potato flakes.) Stir in 1/2 to 3/4 cup of milk. You may add a slice of cheese, if desired. I used a bit of pepperjack. Microwave until the cheese has melted. Stir. Microwave until it has reached your desired temperature. Serve this with a ham or chicken sandwich for a great sandwich meal.
I bought this product based on how many cartons that I saw in carts and the enthusiastic endorsement of another shopper. After using one carton in so many different ways, I am sure that we will buy it again. We have had several meals based on this dip.
What other ways can you think of to use Chunky Spinach Artichoke & Parmesan Dip? Let us know on the BellaOnline Sandwiches Forum. I can hardly wait to see your creative ideas!
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