12.4.16

A Classic, Simple, Crowd-pleasing Party Dip: Monkey's Brains

by Robin






I love this dip!  I love to make it.  I love to look at it.  I love to eat it.  And, man, do I love to name it: Monkey's Brains!  (It sounds so inappropriate to serve to company, and inappropriate humour is my favourite and my best.)


I suppose one could call it by it's more boring alias: Classic Spinach Dip in a Pumpernickel Loaf. But why would one do that when it has a super fun name that calls to mind Indiana Jones.  (Hey, we named the dog Indiana - so we're super fans.  Also, in that statement is a joke only other super fans will know and geek out to too.)


Besides the goofy name, why I love this recipe:


  • Um, hello?! It's in a bowl made of bread!  That you eat!  Cool. 
  • It has some veggies in it - spinach and water chestnuts specifically.  
  • I can use Gay Lea Low Fat Sour Cream and save some fat and calories.  (It's got great flavour and no one will notice this healthier swap.)
  • It's super-duper easy - but still looks like you tried a bit.
  • It tastes great!

The recipe:


Monkey's Brains Dip

Ingredients:



  • 1 package (300 g) frozen, chopped spinach - thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 container (500 mL) Gay Lea Sour Cream 
  • 1 package Vegetable Dry Soup Mix
  • 1 can (8 oz) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1 large round pumpernickel bread loaf

Steps:

1) Thaw and drain the frozen, chopped spinach.  


I like to put it in a colander and push the water out with a fork.

2) Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl.  Mix.  Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours for the flavours to blend.


3) Make the pumpernickel bread bowl.  With a bread knife hollow out the middle of the bread.  Add the chilled dip into the centre of the loaf.




4) Slice the bread from the middle into cubes.  Serve alongside the dip with cut up veggies or chips.






yield: 1 large loaf - approx 20 appetizer sized servings.print recipe

Monkey's Brains Dip

INGREDIENTS:

Ingredients:
  • 1 package (300 g) frozen, chopped spinach - thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 container (500 mL) Gay Lea Sour Cream
  • 1 package Vegetable Dry Soup Mix
  • 1 can (8 oz) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1 large round pumpernickel bread loaf

INSTRUCTIONS:

Steps:
  1. Thaw and drain the frozen, chopped spinach. (I like to put it in a colander and push the water out with a fork.)
  2. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Mix. Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours for the flavours to blend.
  3. Make the pumpernickel bread bowl. With a bread knife hollow out the middle of the bread. Add the chilled dip into the centre of the loaf.
  4. Slice the bread from the middle into cubes. Serve alongside the dip with cut up veggies or chips.
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73 comments:

  1. One of my favourites too! Dry Ranch dressing is a yummy switch up!

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  2. my fave things to serve is vegetarian pizza

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    1. That's a great one. We often do a make your own pizza bar for kids, too.

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  3. I like to serve a cold platter of cold cuts, crackers, cheeses and dips

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    1. Classics! Always crowd pleasers aren't they, Wendy?

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  4. I love to serve baked brie with amaretto, walnuts and cranberries. Always a crowd pleaser.

    RC name Lushka Smith

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  5. I like to serve Miniature Cream Puffs at a party

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  6. A party isn't really a party unless there is cake! I like serving chocolate cake.

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  7. My favourite food to serve is cream cheese with sweet red pepper jelly - my folks make THE BEST version of this! (Suzi)

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  8. I love this dip but never heard it called Monkey brains before will have to tell the grandkids that.

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    1. Hehe - makes my kids giggle every time - or look at me like I'm nuts, Juliee! :)

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  9. I love serving A cheese dip with salsa on top for Tositos chips.

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  10. my favorite thing to serve is a pizza dip!

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  11. My favourite thing to serve at a party is lil homemade peanut butter cups

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    1. Willing to share the recipe, Joni? Sounds like a winner! :)

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  12. My husband makes amazing Devilled Eggs... everyone loves them so we enjoy doing those

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    1. I've never made Deviled Eggs - does he have a secret ingredient, Darlene?

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  13. I like serving deviled eggs. They are pretty easy and look nice.

    billiondollarprincesss @hotmail.com

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    1. Yours is the second mention for Deviled Eggs - I think I need to try making these. :)

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  14. I love serving and EATING mini quiches and mini cheesecakes! :-)

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    1. Mini foods are so much fun! Thanks for sharing, Jenn. :)

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  15. My favourite food to serve at a party is taco dip with tortilla chips.

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  16. I love to serve wings,nachos and a fruit and veggie tray

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  17. My favourite thing to serve is tortilla chips and layered nacho dip

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  18. I love serving cookies or squares at parties :)

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  19. my favorite thing to serve is a veggie platter with homemade dip

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  20. My favorite thing to serve at a party is nachos and a cheesy dip.
    Florence C

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    1. I think that's 4 votes so far for nachos, Flo - I've got to start serving these more! :)

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  21. My favourite food to serve at a party is a cheese and veggie platter with a selection of dips.

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  22. My favourite food to serve at a party is chicken wings.

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  23. You can never go wrong with veggies and dip. Lately I like to serve mini sweet peppers stuffed with feta cheese slightly broiled and served warm!

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  24. Fav food to serve is spinach dip in pumpernickel bread with tons of veggies as well, both go well with guests.
    Thanks for the delicious chance ♥

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    1. I think my guests have been disappointed for years, Lauren - I've never once made them! On my list now!

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  26. I love serving our homemade lasagna..it's always a hit with the family

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  27. My favorite food to serve is Nachos and my homemade salsa

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  28. I love to serve dips and pepperoni and cheese trays.

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  29. I always serve a variety of cupcakes at parties. What's a party without cake?!

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  30. I love serving sausage bites and nacho salsa dip

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  31. My favourite thing to serve is spinach dip in a bread bowl with chips.

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  32. Our normal thing to serve is meatballs in tangy sauce.

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  33. I'm all about the finger food!! How about chicken wings? and tons of nacho's

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  34. I usually serve tortilla pinwheels--lots of different filling choices, and all tasty! Cheese and crackers, fruit skewers, tortilla chips and layered dip, tarts, squares, and shortbread are some other favourites.

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    1. Wow! I want to go to a party at your place, Kathy! ;)

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  35. Thank for sharing this recipe! I can't wait to try it at home.

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  36. This looks wonderful! I particularly like the amazing photos. They make me want to try it immediately. So delicious and healthy!

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  37. Look delicious. Creative idea. Very healthy for you. That's great recipe.

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