Cheesy Fire Roasted Corn and Spinach Dip

It’s everything you want in a dip. Depending on your spice preference, you can easily omit the minced serrano pepper (or substitute with a deseeded jalapeno pepper). Pairs great with a bottle of white wine, a few beers, or both.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 serrano pepper, minced (optional)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 8 oz cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded monterey jack cheese, divided
  • Fine sea salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen fire roasted corn, thawed

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Squeeze as much water out of the thawed spinach as possible. Finely chop up the spinach.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot, garlic, and serrano (if using), stirring occasionally until softened, approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Add the milk and cream cheese, whisking to melt and incorporate evenly. Once fully melted, reduce the heat to low and whisk in the monterey jack cheese. Once the monterey jack cheese is fully incorporated, stir in the spinach and corn. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Transfer the dip to an ovenproof serving dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup monterey jack cheese. Bake for 10 minutes, and then broil for an additional 1-2 minutes for a golden, bubbly crust.
  6. Serve immediately with pita or tortilla chips.

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