Saturday, November 24, 2012

UPDATE: A Recipe I Made Up That Just Happens to Be Awesome

OH MY SWEET BABY PANTHERA. I just made this with leftover turkey and it's really, really good and super easy. Like with leftover turkey it only took 2 minutes. I may be a genius or something, I don't know. I'm going to have Guru look into it.

I've never posted a recipe before (except for the ones the Yenta did for us) but I made this one up, you guys. At least I'm pretty sure I did. I mean, it's possible I saw it on Pinterest when I was drunk but I'm pretty sure this is all me. I'm obsessed with spinach and artichoke dip and want to eat it always. And I kept thinking it was one of those things that I could make in the crock pot, but as I'm generally pretty overwhelmed and also lazy, I never tried.  

But then this week, I had to do an emergency grocery run when I accidentally broke my fridge and had to throw out all my food three hours before my child's birthday party. And all the ingredients were right there and I was feeling a little crazy so I figured what the fluck.

 Here's what I dumped into my crock pot:
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts - sliced thinly as to resemble thin chicken tenders.
  • presumably, you could also just buy chicken tenders and not even have to cut anything.
  • 2 blocks frozen spinach (10 oz each) - mine were still frozen. I've also used 2 bags of frozen spinach because I love it.
  • 2 cans artichoke hearts, drained
  • about 1 cup chicken broth (if you're using pre-cooked chicken or leftover turkey, you may not need to add the extra liquid)
Crock pot on high, cook until chicken has no pink remaining, stirring every hour or so. Drain out maybe 2 cups of liquid. Stir in:
  • 1 block of low fat cream cheese
  • 1 cup of reduced fat mayo
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 bag pre-shredded part skim mozzarella
  • 1 generous pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper

It will still look oddly soupy. DO NOT PANIC. Let it all cook for another hour or two on high.

Stir it up like Bob Marley. LITTLE DARLIN, STIR IT UP. (Sorry for that, people who went to college in the 90's, you may have a hard time not hearing it in your brain all day. And for anyone who doesn't know that song, here you go). Serve it like a casserole with either tortilla chips, pita bread or garlic bread. Be prepared for the people in your house to think you're some sort of culinary genius when really it only took about 5 minutes of actual work.

Also, it yielded enough for two dinners for my family of 5 and we're heavy feeders. So that's like 5 minutes of work for 2 nights of dinner. I WIN AT DINNER.

xoxo, Lydia
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  1. OMGoodness! YUM! SO impressed & Can't wait to try that. On a related dinner/dip note, have you ever had buffalo chicken dip?? Google it. And have it for the NEXT 2 nights! You're welcome...

    1. Seriously. Ain't nothin' yummier than buffalo chicken dip.

  2. Ohhhhh yum! I can't wait to make this!

  3. And your kids ate it? I don't think mine would touch it. I, on the other hand, would probably devour the whole pot by myself...

  4. Darn you Lydia, now not only do I have that song in my head, and I can't remember what he says.... That looks amazing, this vegetarian will have to think about that one.

  5. Looks delicious! Might I add, that if you have all day to crock it, you can throw in the chicken breasts frozen and cook them on low 6-8 hrs or high 3-4 and they become tender and shreddable. I do this all the time, it works!

  6. I adore my crockpot - I'm always doing something new with it. Have you hit up Stephanie O'Dea's website? AWESOME!!

    We heart her Chicken/Cheese/Bacon recipe - the kids eat it like it's illegal, and it's uh-may-ZING rolled in flour tortillas the next day too.

  7. I make something similar, without chicken, and it is a winner.
    I'll add chicken to mine, if you add garlic to yours. (try it! Everything is better with some garlic!)


  8. good LORD that looks delicious! Good work!

  9. that looks like something i would, in a gwyneth-like way, totally not serve my family for dinner, citing all kinds of organic, healthy we-don't-eat-mayonaise blah blah blah reasons, then make out of desperation and eat half of at one sitting. half of the whole crock pot. at once. possibly with fritoes. rock on with your bad self.

  10. Happened to be on the way out the door to the grocery store when I saw this. It's in my crock pot right now and looks amazing. Thanks for the recipe! :)

  11. Might I add that I replaced the mayo with a little half and half and oil, since we have an egg allergy in the house :/

  12. Absolutely delicious! A crock pot of this is currently disappearing during game night. I did add some garlic and a little minced onion and it is wonderful. You should share recipes more often ;)

  13. OMG we had this for dinner last night, and it was delicious! And filling! My husband went back for seconds, and pretty much licked the plate, and so did I! Nom nom nom :)

  14. Oh my gosh! We had this for dinner last night, and Lydia you are a genius! It was so delicious, and filling. My husband went back for seconds, and practically licked the plate, and so did I!

  15. Had this today with leftover turkey and garlic added. Yum!! Kids have already requested that I make it again.

  16. I made this today with chicken and served it over egg noodles. Mine turned out not as watery and could be a touch creamier but it was DEEEElicious! Thanks for the recipe! :)

  17. What size bag of mozzarella? Grated or shredded Parmesan?




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