Recipe

Spinach dip cob loaf

This is one retro recipe that never goes out of style. The cheesy spinach dip has just the right amount of garlic and bacon bits to make this an instant hit at any party.

  • 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 10
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Cob loaf spinach dip

Ingredients

Cob loaf spinach dip
  • 1 sourdough cob loaf
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 250 gram bacon
  • 2 bunch fresh spinach or 1 packet frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 250 gram cream cheese, softened
  • 125 gram creme fraiche
  • 200 gram cheddar cheese, grated
  • 50 gram parmesan, grated
  • 1 bunch chives, chopped
  • black pepper
  • sea salt

Method

Cob loaf spinach dip
  • 1
    Cut top off bread loaf and tear the dough from the inside, place dough in an airtight container to keep it soft and fresh.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
  • 3
    Cook onion in a fry pan with the olive oil until translucent, add the bacon and cook until slightly browned.
  • 4
    Add the spinach and garlic to the pan and cook until the spinach is wilted and cooked through.
  • 5
    Then add the cream cheese and creme fraiche and cook, stirring, until well mixed through. Turn the heat down and add the grated cheddar and parmesan a handful at a time, stirring until melted and mixed through. Add chives and season to taste.
  • 6
    Place spinach mixture in hollowed out cob loaf, place lid back on top, wrap tightly in foil and bake for 10 minutes.
  • 7
    Serve loaf with reserved dough pieces and crudites on the side.

Notes

If you'd prefer to serve a vegetarian version, simply leave out the bacon. If you use frozen spinach rather than fresh, make sure you squeeze all the water from the leaves before placing in pan.

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