The Super Bowl is on Sunday and I just put down $20 on my first ever Super Bowl Squares game. I’m definitely betting big this year!
To prepare, I’ve been combing through recipes to make for this year’s Super Bowl Party. Last year I brought Chinese BBQ Pork Buns which were a hit – how can you go wrong with baked rolls filled with fatty barbecued pork that can be held in one hand? They certainly made for a great drinking accompaniment.
This year, however, I’m going back to the basics. The tried and true. The crowd pleaser.
I’m making Spinach and Artichoke Dip. Because it’s delicious. And addicting. And goes so well with beer. I wouldn’t count on any leftovers…
The recipe that follows has a few more steps and ingredients than some other versions. And they are worth it. Promise. Caramelizing the onions and deglazing with beer creates a savory base that supports the decadence of the mayonnaise and melted cheeses. The cream cheese and sour cream are key to the smooth, creamy texture while the lemon juice and red pepper brighten it up and bring the spinach and artichokes to center stage. The secret ingredient, though? The Worcestershire sauce. While not immediately identifiable, it noticeably enhances and elevates the rest of the flavors and creates a well rounded spinach and artichoke dip that’s anything but forgettable.
Pair with a pale ale or hoppy lager, good company, and a game on tv.
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