While your loved ones wait patiently for the main course to be served, hearty appetizers like bread bowls can keep appetites at bay. This Spinach-Ham Dip is the perfect combination of comforting and satisfying when served with bread cubes, crackers, or tortilla chips for a warming snack ahead of the big meal.
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2 cups ricotta cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 package (10 ounces) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/4 pound ham, cubed
3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 round bread loaf (16 ounces), unsliced
Heat oven to 350 F.
In a medium bowl, blend ricotta cheese and sour cream until smooth. Add spinach, ham, Parmesan cheese, and green onions; mix until blended.
Cut 1-2-inch diameter circle out of the top of bread loaf. Reserve top. Remove bread inside the loaf, leaving about 1 inch along the sides. Pour cheese mixture into bread bowl. Replace top. Cover bread loaf in aluminum foil and bake for 60 minutes, or until warmed through.
Take bread removed from inside the bread bowl and cut into dipping-sized chunks.
Remove bread from aluminum foil and place on platter. Scatter bread chunks around the bread bowl to use for dunking in cheese sauce.
Source: Family Features