10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed and drained (squeeze out excess moisture)
1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
1 large onion, finely minced
1 clove garlic, chopped (or more, to taste)
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
3 fresh hot peppers, thinly sliced (optional)
1 tsp paprika
1 loaf French bread, cut in half lengthwise, then cut into very thin slices
Mix spinach, 1 cup Parmesan, onion, garlic, cream cheese, mayonnaise
well with a blender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place in
greased casserole dish. Top with peppers (optional) and 1/2 cup
Parmesan. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for 20
minutes. Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes before serving. Turn
oven up to 400 degrees. Place French bread slices flat on cookie
sheet. Cook in 400 degree oven for approx 5 minutes - but watch
them closely to make sure they don't overcook. Remove them when
they're golden brown. Of course, you could use store bought crackers
and/or melba toast instead.
This dip can also be made in the microwave. Allow to cook on high,
covered, for 6-10 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave.
Its done when the onions are translucent.