This recipe is one of my new favorites. It makes a great starter/appetizer. It’s a cheesy spinach dip with a ring of fluffy bread rolls around, all baked in a cast-iron pan! Definitely a Friday night kind of food. It’s also easy and quick to make with a bit of planning.
Ingredients for the Rolls:
- 1 cup warm milk
- 2 1/4 tsp yeast
- 2 tbsp sugar, divided
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup (half stick) unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 cups all-purpose or bread flour
Ingredients for the Dip:
- 8 oz fresh spinach
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 8 oz (1 brick) cream cheese softened to room temp
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp chili flakes
- 2-3 cloves of grated garlic or to taste
- You can make this bread dough by hand, but I’m using a stand mixer.
Instructions for the Rolls:
- Start by whisking together the warm milk, yeast, and 1 tbsp sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes to let the yeast bloom.
- Add 1 tbsp sugar, the egg, butter, salt, and gradually add in flour. Scrape down the sides, and continue to beat at medium speed until the dough comes together.
- Knead for another 2 minutes until the dough is soft.
- Grease a large bowl with oil, place the dough inside and turn the dough over to the oil coat.
- Cover and let rise for 1-3 hours or until doubled in size.
- Grease a cast-iron pan.
- After the dough rises, punch down the dough to release the air.
- Divide the dough into 14 pieces, and shape each roll.
- Place around the border of the cast-iron pan, cover, and let rise for about another hour.
Instructions for the Dip:
- While the rolls are rising, start on the dip.
- In a pan over medium heat, add the spinach. The spinach should release some water of its own and shrink down.
- Add the sour cream, mayo, and cream cheese.
- Add the cheddar and Parmesan.
- All of the cheese should be melted and combined. I left this on the heat for about another 5 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, garlic, and chili flakes.
- Preheat the oven to 350.
Instructions for the Assembly:
- Once the rolls rise, pour the dip inside the middle of the pan.
- Optionally, you can add some toppings before baking, such as cheese or some herbs.
- Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. The rolls should be golden brown on top.