Spinach Artichoke Dip

Eating out at restaurants is so difficult when you’re trying to eat low carb. You either end up eating salads constantly (not worth it) or being the guy who says “can you leave it off of the bun, please?” However, spinach artichoke dip, baby. That’s one thing that is diet friendly. Spinach, artichokes, cheese, cheese, and wait for it, mayonnaise. I know what you’re thinking: you can’t eat the chips or the pita bread that comes with it! Yes, yes, I know. We’ll get to that.

So I figured during the snow storm this past weekend, what could be better than whipping up a homemade batch of this yumminess? Well, I’d never made it at home before, so I had three different recipes in front of me to try and determine the main, core ingredients, and what I could substitute out if necessary. As fate would have it, I did not have mayonnaise in the house. There was no end in sight of the snowstorm, so I ended up substituting in more sour cream. Not a bad replacement in a pinch.

The rest of the recipe went great. On to the next battle. I had been contemplating what to replace the tortilla chips/pita bread with for a few days at this point. If you remember my post from last week about the low carb pizza I made, it started out as a ball of low carb dough. I figured I could roll out the dough again but instead of baking it as one large pizza crust, why not cut it into triangles and bake it? Voila! Chips!

I have a couple notes about the “chips”. If you do make these, I recommend that you roll out the dough as thin as you possibly can. I was making these with one of my friends. He wanted the chips thin. I wanted them thick. I really like how pita bread goes with the dip, so I was trying to replicate that. However, unlike pita bread, this low carb dough does NOT get fluffy. So we made them half and half: some of the chips were about 1/8 in. thick and some were about 1/4 in. thick.

The thinner ones were definitely the way to go. They crisped up in the oven, but were not flaky. The thicker “chips” were not fluffy as I had hoped they’d be. They just ended up being dense and lumpy. They still tasted great and transported the dip safely to my mouth. But next time, I’ll heed the advice of my friend and go thinner. All in all, not a bad way to spend a snow day! Did anyone else get a lot of snow this weekend? -Jen

 

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