Keeping Your Holiday Company Happy

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By Chef Monay

During the holidays, there is always someone who yells out in an angry voice, “Is the food ready yet?”  So this year we are going to stop that one annoying family member by having a delicious appetizer ready. The appetizer gives the family something to snack on, but nothing to heavy that will spoil their appetite for the main course. This is the perfect dip for a party or get-together, just throw the ingredients in the crock pot and let it do the rest. Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

*makes 10 servings 

Ingredients: 1 (10 oz) bag fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped, 1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, chopped; ½ cup sour cream, ½ cup mayonnaise, ½ cup onion, finely diced; 1 clove garlic, minced; 1 cup mozzarella cheese, ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, ¼ teaspoon garlic salt, ¼ cup milk, 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, cubed; salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix together spinach, artichoke hearts, sour cream, mayonnaise, onion, garlic, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, and milk. Add salt and pepper to taste and put everything into slow cooker.

Place cubed cream cheese on top of spinach/artichoke mixture, spread out as evenly as possible.

Cook on high for 2 – 2½ hours, or until ingredients are cooked through and the cream cheese is melted. Mix in the cream cheese keep dip on “warm” setting until eaten. Serve with crackers, bread, tortillas or vegetables!

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