Spinach and water chestnut dip

27 Sep

spinach and water chestnut dip

Spinach and water chestnut dip was all the rage in the 1970s, and I adored it.

An unlikely cast of ingredients – spinach, water chestnuts, powdered soup mix and mayonnaise – come together in the most silky, savoury, crunchy way imaginable.

As I remember, it was usually served in a hollowed out bread loaf, surrounded by chunks of bread for dipping. I don’t bother with the bread bowl presentation. For one thing, it’s a faff.

Also, soft lumps of bread aren’t the best vehicle for transporting the dip from bowl to mouth – crackers or melba toast work much better.

Spinach and water chestnut dip

  • 1kg fresh spinach, rinsed
  • 4oz tin water chestnuts, chopped
  • 3 green onions, sliced thinly crosswise
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream or crème fraiche
  • 1 Tb onion soup mix
  • a small, round loaf of bread, for serving (optional)
  1. Steam the spinach until wilted. Drain and squeeze as much liquid from the spinach as possible. Chop.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the chopped spinach, water chestnuts, green onion, mayonnaise, sour cream and onion soup mix.
  3. Chill the dip for a few hours (or overnight).
  4. Serve with crackers or melba toast for dipping.

2 Responses to “Spinach and water chestnut dip”

  1. cookwithreena September 27, 2018 at 7:08 am #

    That sounds delicious. Sure to give it a try. Market is overflowing these days with water chestnut. Thanks for the share.

    • Andrea September 27, 2018 at 8:18 am #

      I’d love to have access to fresh water chestnuts 🙂

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